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VAR helps Real Madrid survive huge scare to reach final

14 Décembre 2017

Real Madrid avoided humiliation against Al Jazira as Gareth Bale's late victor earned them a 2-1 victory and a place in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup.

Real Madrid were left incensed by the Video Assistant Referee as the Spaniards struggled past Al Jazira at the Club World Cup.

Real Madrid will play against Brazil's Gremio at the final on December 16 at Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Madrid had two goals disallowed - one for a push by Cristiano Ronaldo and the second for offside against Karim Benzema, a decision arrived at via VAR.

Real Madrid failed to equalize the score before the half time to end the first half 1-0. "It's been a long wait, I've had to be patient". "It's a shame that he has been injured, because he is very important for the team".

Madrid are two-time winners of the Club World Cup and Ronaldo talked up the importance of the competition for the European and Spanish champions.

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Madrid, which fielded its top players, was in control from the start but made a series of mistakes in front of goal and couldn't capitalize on its numerous chances.

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

"It's hard to explain the game, all I can say is that we deserved to win and reach the final", Real coach Zinedine Zidane told reporters.

But Ronaldo scored a superb goal to restore parity in the 53rd minute.

Al Jazira took the lead with their first attack as a slip from Casemiro allowed his compatriot Romarinho enter the area and produce a classy low finish beyond shell-shocked Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

VAR helps Real Madrid survive huge scare to reach final