Club World Cup
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Cruz Azul 0-4 Real Madrid

Real Madrid score four in Club World Cup

Wales forward Gareth Bale scored as European champions Real Madrid eased into the Club World Cup final with their 21st successive win.

Defender Sergio Ramos headed in Toni Kroos' cross for the opener, before striker Karim Benzema powered in.

The Mexican side missed a penalty just before half-time and Bale's header punished them after the restart.

Isco smashed in the fourth to confirm Madrid's place against San Lorenzo or Auckland City in Saturday's final.

Watch Cristiano Ronaldo's rabona attempt

Azul provided little resistance to a near full-strength Madrid team which contained Ballon d'Or favourite Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale.

But Carlo Ancelotti's men almost allowed Azul back into the tie shortly after the restart when Ramos brought down Mariano Pavone in the penalty area.

However, Madrid keeper Iker Casillas correctly decided to dive down to his right to push clear Gerardo Torrado's spot-kick.

Surprisingly, Ronaldo, who had scored 10 times in his previous eight matches, had few chances to net his 33th goal of a productive season.

But the Portugal skipper did create the second-half goals for Bale and Isco which confirmed Madrid's place in the final.

Madrid will face either South American champions San Lorenzo or Oceania champions Auckland City, who meet in their semi-final on Wednesday.

Line-ups

Cruz Azul

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1J Corona
  • 15Flores
  • 3Rodríguez
  • 4Domínguez
  • 2Pinto
  • 27Bernardello
  • 6Torrado
  • 11RojasSubstituted forValadezat 76'minutes
  • 33Formica
  • 10GiménezSubstituted forFabiánat 65'minutes
  • 9PavoneSubstituted forBarreraat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Castro
  • 7Barrera
  • 8Fabián
  • 12Allison
  • 16Chávez
  • 17Loeschbor
  • 18Valadez
  • 19Vela
  • 20Torres
  • 21Báez
  • 23Zurdo Rodríguez
  • 25Gutiérrez

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Casillas
  • 15Carvajal
  • 3Pepe
  • 4RamosBooked at 39minsSubstituted forVaraneat 64'minutes
  • 12Marcelo
  • 24Illarramendi
  • 8KroosSubstituted forKhediraat 73'minutes
  • 23IscoSubstituted forRodríguez Ruizat 76'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 9Benzema
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 2Varane
  • 5da Silva Coentrão
  • 6Khedira
  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 25Pacheco
  • 26Medrán
Referee:
Enrique Osses
Attendance:
45,152

Match Stats

Home TeamCruz AzulAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home15
Away20
Shots on Target
Home5
Away13
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cruz Azul 0, Real Madrid 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cruz Azul 0, Real Madrid 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jesé (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

  5. Post update

    Mauro Formica (Cruz Azul) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Hernán Bernardello (Cruz Azul).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pablo Barrera (Cruz Azul) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gerardo Torrado.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ismael Valadez (Cruz Azul) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Pablo Barrera with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marco Fabián (Cruz Azul) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gerardo Flores.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Pepe (Real Madrid).

  13. Post update

    Fausto Pinto (Cruz Azul) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Sami Khedira (Real Madrid) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jesé with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Jesé (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Gerardo Flores (Cruz Azul).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gareth Bale with a cross following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Gerardo Torrado.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mauro Formica (Cruz Azul) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gerardo Torrado.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gerardo Flores (Cruz Azul) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mauro Formica with a cross following a corner.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 16th December 2014

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