Club World Cup
Real Madrid1Grêmio0

Real Madrid 1-0 Gremio

Real Madrid
Real Madrid have enjoyed their most successful year in 2017, winning five trophies

Cristiano Ronaldo expects to continue his "trajectory" and win more trophies at Real Madrid after scoring the winner against Gremio in Saturday's Club World Cup final.

The Portugal international, 32, curled home a free-kick as Real became the first team to win back-to-back titles.

Ronaldo won a fifth Ballon d'Or earlier this month and crowned himself "the best player in history".

"The numbers speak for themselves," he said.

"I am very happy, I remain very motivated to keep winning things at a collective and individual level.

"I still feel strong enough to continue my trajectory as a player and to win trophies, which is what I like most."

Saturday's victory in Abu Dhabi was a record-equalling third Club World Cup win for Real, who also triumphed in 2014, matching Barcelona's achievement.

Real have now won five trophies in 2017 - the Champions League, La Liga, Uefa Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup and now the Club World Cup.

It takes their overall total under Zinedine Zidane to eight since the former France international's appointment as manager in January 2016.

Ronaldo rises to the occasion again

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his seventh Club World Cup goal

For long periods of this game in Abu Dhabi, it looked like Brazilian side Gremio would frustrate Real Madrid and perhaps even pinch a victory as the Spanish giants became increasingly frustrated in their attempts to break down a disciplined defence.

Real dominated possession in the first half but only one of their 10 chances before the break was on target.

They switched to attempting to find joy from long distance but efforts by Luka Modric, Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were all wayward.

However, eight minutes into the second half Real were awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal when Ronaldo was tripped and the Portugal international picked himself up to curl the ball through a gap in the wall and into the net.

It was Ronaldo's fourth goal in three Club World Cup finals and extended his record of scoring in significant finals for Real Madrid, having also hit three goals in three Champions League finals and two goals in two Copa del Rey finals.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 10Modric
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 27mins
  • 8Kroos
  • 22IscoSubstituted forVázquezat 73'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forBaleat 80'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 6Nacho
  • 11Bale
  • 13Casilla
  • 15Hernández
  • 17Vázquez
  • 18Llorente
  • 19Hakimi
  • 20Asensio
  • 21Mayoral
  • 23Kovacic
  • 24Ceballos
  • 35Ramos Wade

Grêmio

  • 1Grohe
  • 2Mendes Guimaraes
  • 3Geromel
  • 4Kannemann
  • 12Cortes Barbosa
  • 25Marques Siqueira
  • 5Ferreira dos SantosSubstituted forThiago Pereira de Souzaat 84'minutes
  • 17Moschen BenettiSubstituted forSousa Soaresat 71'minutes
  • 7de Jesús Vieira
  • 21Pereira da Silva
  • 18BarriosSubstituted forFerreira Vieiraat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gomes da Conceiçao Silva
  • 8Thiago Pereira de Souza
  • 9Ferreira Vieira
  • 11Sousa Soares
  • 14Fenelon Palomo
  • 15De Albuquerque
  • 22Simonete Bressanelli
  • 26Oliveira Ferreira
  • 28Silva Mendes
  • 30Medeiros Grassi
  • 48Mileo Vidotti
  • 88da Silva Moura
Referee:
César Arturo Ramos Palazuelos
Attendance:
41,094

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamGrêmio
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home20
Away1
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 1, Grêmio 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 1, Grêmio 0.

Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

Foul by Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).

Luan (Grêmio) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Jael (Grêmio).

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Edilson (Grêmio).

Substitution

Substitution, Grêmio. Maicon replaces Michel.

Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Marcelo Grohe.

Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergio Ramos.

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

Jailson (Grêmio) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Gareth Bale replaces Karim Benzema.

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

Edilson (Grêmio) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez replaces Isco.

Substitution

Substitution, Grêmio. Everton replaces Ramiro.

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

Foul by Jael (Grêmio).

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

Jael (Grêmio) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Substitution

Substitution, Grêmio. Jael replaces Lucas Barrios.

Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

Jailson (Grêmio) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Casemiro (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Jailson.

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luka Modric.

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

Foul by Ramiro (Grêmio).

Offside, Real Madrid. Marcelo tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

Foul by Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).

Ramiro (Grêmio) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

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