Heroic Al Jazira fall just short of causing stunning upset

Real Madrid flees from Al Jazira trap

"It's obviously a pleasure to play it because you can only do it if you've won the Champions League".

With the strike, Ronaldo became the all-time best scorer in the Club World Cup with six goals.

Real Madrid can round off the most successful year in the club's already glorious history by claiming a fifth trophy in 2017 at the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi this week.

The dream may be over for Al Jazira, but for football fans in the UAE there is still plenty more top quality football ahead with a mouth-watering final set for Saturday, 16 December, between European giants, Real Madrid and Brazil's Gremio at 21:00 in Zayed Sports City Stadium.

Eight minutes into the second half, Los Blancos were level through Ronaldo, who latched onto a fine pass from Modric before slotting into the bottom corner, 1-1.

Real are sure to face an even sterner test from Gremio, although the Brazilians also had to battle their way through their semi-final, overcoming Mexicans Pachuca 1-0 after extra-time. We aim to also support and help nurture sporting excellence and create local sporting heroes who participate and succeed on the global stage.

The previous record of five was jointly held by Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Cesar Delgado.

"I don't know the Brazilian league well but I watched their semi-final and they are a good team and we will have to lift our standard of play against them", Zidane said after the nervy win on Wednesday.

The match began in a dramatic style as the hosts Al Jazira managed to keep a clean slate till the 31st minute.

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