Bale earns Real Madrid late win over Al Jazira

Watch Cristiano Ronaldo tries to steal Gareth Bale goal during Club World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo and substitute Gareth Bale struck later to claim victory for Real and keep alive their chances of a second successive Club World Cup crown. And that's perhaps because they couldn't win the Champions League consecutively.

With 15 minutes played, it seemed nearly incredible that the Champions League winners had not scored - Ronaldo had six clear chances, the closest of which saw Al Jazira goalkeeper Ali Khaseif push a close-range header onto the crossbar.

However, traces of the Madrid that swept aside the likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona in the spring and summer were back as Real hit five past Sevilla before half-time in a 5-0 rout on Saturday.

Madrid are fourth on the La Liga league, eight points behind Barcelona.

"I hope to play at this level for a few more years, I hope the battle with Messi continues, things happen for a reason".

One fan filmed Ronaldo during the chants of "Messi!"

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Ronaldo did not take too kindly to the fans in Abu Dhabi.

But Cristiano Ronaldo equalized early in the second half and Bale netted the victor less than a minute after replacing Karim Benzema.

Of the prospect of winning a fifth trophy this year, he added: "I don't think (this would be the club's best year) because Real Madrid is a big club, but it motivates me and all the players".

"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.

Madrid won the competition for the first time in 2014 and in 2016 beat Japanese side Kashima Antlers 4-2 after extra time.

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