The Coaches Committee congratulates Real Madrid C.F. for its new Club Championship trophy won in Tokyo.
The Spanish team beat the Japanese Kashima Antlers by 4 goals to 2 in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup held at the Yokohama International Stadium. It’s the second title for Real Madrid and the fifth for Spanish Football.
Real Madrid CF has achieved against Kashima Antlers its second World Cup of Clubs and the fifth for Spanish football. The Spanish team started the game with the intention of imposing its touch game over local defense and discipline.
The Spanish team were dominant from the start, showing their clear intent to be crowned world champions here in Japan. They only needed 9 minutes to show it. Modric rifled a shot from the edge of the box, which Sogahata stopped but Benzema was on hand for the rebound, scooping the ball into the net.
Despite being a goal ahead, they continued to be more dangerous than their opponents on the attack. Benzema combined with Lucas Vázquez, who flicked the ball back to him and the Frenchman’s blasted shot in the 27th minute forced Sogahata to make a great save. The Whites had another chance just ten minutes later, but Modric’s shot from the edge of the box ended up in the goalkeeper’s hands.
The game was going Real Madrid’s way, but just before half time, Kashima Antlers found an equaliser in an isolated moment of play. Shoma crossed in at the stroke of 44 minutes and Shibasaki pounced on the loose ball in the area to beat Keylor Navas.
The Spanish team had to go into the second half as a team. Things became more complicated in the 52nd minute following a peach of a left-footed shot from Shibasaki to score his brace. Real Madrid did not take long to react however, and soon levelled the tie. Just 7 minutes later, Benzema again linked up with Lucas Vázquez who was brought down in the box by Shuto. Cristiano Ronaldo took the penalty to make it 2-2.
Real Madrid were more than deserving of the winning goal, and they had an opportunity to seal it in the 80th minute. A cross from Lucas Vázquez was turned towards goal by Cristiano Ronaldo but it slipped just by the post. The Portuguese man’s next chance, just two minutes later, was even clearer still, but the Japanese goalkeeper came out on top in the one-on-one. Both teams looked threatening as the game passed into extra-time.
In the 98th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo recived a pass from Benzema and made no mistake with his left foot. The Portuguese forward had put his team in the driving seat, but 6 minutes later he would go on to complete his hat-trick and put the final to bed. Kroos’ shot fell at the feet of Ronaldo, who beat Sogahata once more with his left.
A distance of two goals that became too big for the Japanese and that made Real Madrid CF the new champion of the Club World Cup.
REAL MADRID: Keylor Navas, Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos (Nacho 107′), Marcelo, Varane, Casemiro, Kroos, Luka Modric (Kovacic 106′), Cristiano Ronaldo (Morata 111′), Lucas Vázquez (Isco 80′) and Benzema.
KASHIMA ANTLERS: Sogahata, Shoji, Nagaki (Akasaki 114′), Shoma (Suzuki 87′), Shibasaki, Shuto, Daigo, Ueda, Endo (Ito 103′), Mu and Ogasawara (Fabricio 67′).
1-0 | Karim Benzema (9´)
1-1 | Shibasaki (44′)
1-2 | Shibasaki (52′)
2-2 | Cristiano Ronaldo (59′ p.)
2-3 | Cristiano Ronaldo (98′)
2-4 | Cristiano Ronaldo (104′)
International Stadium of Yokohama (crowd 68.742 )
2016 World Club Cup Final
Janny SIKAZWE (ZAM), Marwa RANGE (KEN), Jerson DOS SANTOS (ANG), Viktor KASSAI (HUN)
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