Real Madrid eye 5th trophy

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The Portuguese superstar was not so impressed by the Al Jazira fans taunts at the beginning of Wednesday's semi-final.

Despite dominating throughout, Madrid trailed at half-time to Romarinho's opener in a match also marred by use of the video assistant referee (VAR) that ruled out a goal for both sides.

Zinedine Zidane maintains Karim Benzema had a "very good" Club World Cup semi-final, despite his misses, and "won't ask" Real Madrid for another striker.

Though Real did create some chances they could not penetrate the defence of Al Jazira. "We are never complacent and you can never take your foot off the pedal with sport - we have to sustain the momentum".

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

Real are hoping to successfully defend the Club World Cup trophy they won in Japan 12 months ago - when Cristiano Ronaldo's hattrick in the final helped see off Kashima Antlers - and win a club record fifth title in the same calendar year. Finally, Modric was the creator once again with eight minutes remaining, feeding substitute Gareth Bale to complete the comeback.

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.

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