Real Madrid win Club World Cup title, their fourth crown this year!
Spanish giants add year-ending trophy to Champions League, Copa del Rey and European Super Cup titles they have won this year
Marrakesh (Morocco): Real Madrid defeated San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 on Saturday to win the Club World Cup and secure their fourth trophy of 2014.
Two Good: Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale (right) celebrate the Welshman's goal against San Lorenzo in the FIFA Club World Cup final in Morocco on Saturday night. Pic/AFP.
The Spanish giants dominated the final with Sergio Ramos, who had been an injury doubt because of a hamstring strain, and Gareth Bale getting on the scoresheet.
Real added the year-ending trophy to the Champions League, Copa del Rey and European Super Cup titles they had already secured in 2014. They will also end the year on top of La Liga.
Saturday night’s triumph was also their 22nd consecutive win in all competitions, and they now have in their sights the mark of 26 straight wins achieved by Johan Cruyff’s Ajax side in 1971-72.
“We deserved to win the title. We can say that Real Madrid are the best team in the world. We have done really well this year, it’s been unforgettable. We are a team and a family,” said Real coach Carlo Ancelotti. “We’ll continue forward like this in all competitions and will face the new year with excitement and enthusiasm,” added Ancelotti.
Meanwhile, Bale tweeted: “Couldn’t think of a better Christmas present, FIFA World Club Champions 2014!! #HalaMadrid.”
Ramos opened the scoring after 37 minutes when he rose above the San Lorenzo defence to send a thumping header past goalkeeper Sebastian Torrico off a Toni Kroos corner. Bale made it 2-0 six minutes into the second half fired in a pass from Isco straight at Torrico. The Argentine ’keeper fumbled the tame shot over the line.