Published: Tue, December 25, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Solari Hails Zidane Factor In Real Madrid Club World Cup Win

Solari Hails Zidane Factor In Real Madrid Club World Cup Win

It is thought that the captain of Los Blancos received a negative reception due to his challenge on Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during last season's Champions League Final as the fallout from that game continues to rumble on.

The trophy Santiago Solari's first as Real Madrid coach, having only been appointed to the role in October. Madrid substitute Vinicius Jr burst through in stoppage time and fired in a shot... Yadia Nader's own goal in the 90th minute completed Al-Ain misery.

A UAE newspaper has said that on Saturday night, Al Ain FC faced off against the mighty Real Madrid for a world title at Abu Dhabi's Zayed sports City Stadium. We had a great tournament, nobody thought we were going to get here.

It was also his first goal in a final for Madrid and the Croatia worldwide suggested he might go for goal on a more regular basis after his unerring 25-yard finish.

A second goal always looked likely to arrive sooner rather than later, with Modric denied by an excellent save from Al Ain 'keeper Khalid Eisa.

Ballon d'Or victor Modric struck from long range in the 14th minute after a promising start by the underdog Al Ain.

Real Madrid Vs. Al Ain Live Stream: Watch FIFA Club World Cup Final Online
Real Madrid cruise past Al Ain to claim record fourth Fifa Club World Cup title

Real doubled its lead, though, as 23-year-old midfielder Llorente met a looping clearance to drill home a wonderful volley from just outside the area.

Earlier, Copa Libertadores winners River Plate won the third-place play-off by beating Asian champions Kashima Antlers 4-0.

Al Ain's performances in the cup thrilled fans since the first match, and they managed to overturn a deficit against New Zealand's Wellington to tie the score at three goals for each team, and win during a penalty shootout.

Gonzalo Martinez scored twice on what is expected to be his final appearance before joining MLS champions Atlanta United.

His teammates Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane have all won the trophy four times each.

Real Madrid 4-1 Al Ain
Real Madrid secured their third successive Club World Cup title as they defeated Al Ain 4-1 in Saturday's final in Abu Dhabi. It was very hard , obviously, it was a dream, but I was not expecting to reach the first team and win finals like this.

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