Gareth Bale's victor saves Real Madrid from humiliation against Al Jazira

Jessica Allison
December 15, 2017

Despite the 2-1 defeat, Al Jazira have pulled firmly on the nation's heart strings, and over 36,000 fans packed into the Zayed Sports City stadium to witness UAE football history.

Romarinho had fired the minnows into an unexpected lead despite Los Blancos enjoying all of the play in the first half.

With the win Real Madrid go through to Saturday's final in which they will play Brazilian side Gremio.

Zinedine Zidane maintains Karim Benzema had a "very good" Club World Cup semi-final, despite his misses, and "won't ask" Real Madrid for another striker.

Madrid trail Barca by eight points at the top of the Spanish La Liga and finished second to Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League group, which proved costly as they were paired with free-spending Paris Saint-Germain in a blockbuster last 16 tie on Monday.

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The Spanish side dominated the game but, not for the first time this season, showed remarkable profligacy in front of goal until Cristiano Ronaldo equalized in the second half and Gareth Bale hit a late victor 30 seconds after coming off the bench.

CR7 didn't quite manage it - allowing Bale to claim the goal and regain his status as Real Madrid's big-match hero.

Brazil's Gremio defeated Mexico's Pachuca 1-0 in extra time to advance to the Club World Cup final on Tuesday.

Ronaldo's goal did not only save Real from a major shock but took him past Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, as well as Rosario's Cesar Delgado who are all on five.

"It is not going to be easy for us".

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