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Ronaldo, Bale score as Real Madrid advance to Club World Cup final

14 December 2017

Both teams having been levelled early in the second half, substitute Gareth Bale scored the winning goal with his first touch to send Real to the FIFA Club World Cup final.

Gareth Bale scored with his first touch after coming off the bench to strike the Real Madrid victor as the European champions survived a scare to beat local side Al Jazira 2-1 on Wednesday and reach the Club World Cup final.

Real thought they'd equalised on the half hour mark through Brazilian midfielder Casemiro.

Achraf Hakimi committed to a tackle but lost out, leaving Al-Jazira with two players heading through clean on goal.

The woodwork came to Al Jazira's rescue once again in the 69th minute as Benzema's deflected effort from distance crashed against the upright.

This will be Madrid's third final in the last four editions (2014 and 2016) and they will be gunning for their third Club World Cup title.

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The victory put Zinedine Zidane's side into Saturday's decider against Copa Libertadores winners Gremio, who beat CONCACAF representatives Pachuca in Tuesday's first semifinal, although the main memory from the game will be how they struggled to put away the Dubai-based hosts despite dominating possession completely.

"Obviously it was great to get the goal", Bale said.

Al Jazira took a shock lead during the clash, with the victor looking to book a place in the final against Gremio.

The Wales global had only played 30 minutes in the past three months.

"I don't like the VAR to be honest", Bale said when asked about how play had been regularly stopped to allow the officials to review incidents.

Ronaldo, Bale score as Real Madrid advance to Club World Cup final