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

Real Madrid were given a scare in the UAE

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a free kick to secure a 1-0 win for Real Madrid over Gremio in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City in Dubai.

A win would make it the third time that Real Madrid have won the trophy, equalling the achievement of their great rivals Barcelona.

The Club World Cup features Fifa's six reigning confederation champions plus the league winners, Al Jazira, of the host country, United Arab Emirates. "It was from the dressing room", the Coach said after the game.

Benzema was finally adjudged offside and the goal was not given.

They dozed through an Al Jazira counter-attack with Achraf, Casemiro and Varane all culpable and Romarinho cooly-slotted the ball past Keylor Navas.

Gareth Bale once again proved he's a man for the big occasion for Real Madrid on Wednesday - but not with any help from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Three minutes into the second half and things looked to have taken another farcical turn for the worse for Real Madrid. The referee did not spot it and neither did the linesman but the VAR did and Madrid were off the hook.

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"Bale is all about scoring goals", Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez said.

Real Madrid's Luka Modric in action with Al Jazira's Salem Rashid.

"It helped us [against Jazira], due to their second goal".

Henk ten Cate, the defeated Jazira manager, insists video reviews are a good thing for the sport - even though it potentially deprived his side of what would have been the most famous win in UAE club football history.

"They cancelled the goal of theirs, which was offside".

From the box, Brazilian forward Romarinho took a certain shot and two times UEFA champions were stunned by the time. "I am happy with everyone's game".

"Every innovation, players have to get used to it".

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