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Real Madrid beat Al-Hilal to win Club World Cup.

Real Madrid beat Al-Hilal to win Club World Cup.
Real Madrid beat Al-Hilal to win Club World Cup [Susana Vera/Reuters].

Real Madrid has now won the Club World Cup five times overall, breaking the previous record after defeating Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia 5-3 in the final match in Rabat, Morocco.

The European champions won the match on Saturday thanks to two goals from Vinicius Junior, a third from Karim Benzema, and two more from Federico Valverde.

Al-Hilal never had a lead in the game, but it was clear that their stun of Flamengo of Brazil to advance to the championship final in Rabat, Morocco's capital, wasn't a fluke. The Asian champions got a goal each from Luciano Vietto and Moussa Marega.

Madrid last claimed victory in 2018. In 2014, 2016, and 2017, it also won the award.

“Vinicius has been improving since last season just as the team has also grown. We won the Champions League and now the world title, and Vinicius has grown along the way,” said Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti.

“We are thrilled with what he is doing, above all because he keeps getting better. He is much more decisive now and is making the difference in every match.”

The inclusion of Benzema in Madrid's starting lineup a day after Ancelotti claimed it was touch-and-go as to whether he would be able to play at all came as a small surprise. The winner of the Ballon d'Or has missed Madrid's previous two contests, including Wednesday's 4-1 semifinal victory against the Egyptian team Al Ahly.

The French striker put Vinicius clean to beat Abdullah Al-Mayouf in goal after exchanging passes with Valverde. Al-Mayouf got a leg to the shot but was unable to stop it from going into his net.

In the 18th minute, Valverde slammed a shoddy clearance through the legs of a defender, who diverted it just enough for it to go past Al-Mayouf and double the lead.

Al-Hilal, though, got its footing as Marega caught Madrid's backline while attempting to break an offside trap in the 26th minute, after failing to even complete three passes in the first stanza.

The backup goaltender for Madrid, Andriy Lunin, who began in place of the injured Thibaut Courtois, seemed unfazed as the former Porto striker raced away.

Al-Hilal was in control after scoring, and Madrid was halted until Benzema scored on an incredible pass from Vinicius.

The Brazilian forward met Benzema's darting move by bending a short cross around a defender with the outside edge of his right foot. In the 54th minute, Benzema accomplished the rest by launching it into the top of the goal with only one touch.

In the 58th, Valverde scored his second.

Vietto scored in the 63rd and 79th minutes, respectively, as Madrid's defence failed to keep tabs on the Argentine in the area. His goals came either side of Vinicius' second goal.

Al-Hilal lost the opportunity to attempt a last-ditch equaliser due to a late Marega miss.

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Source: HR Forum News

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