Real Madrid space through come the last of the 2016 FIFA Club civilization Cup ~ a comfortable 2-0 success over club America in Yokohama, Japan, top top Thursday. 

After dominating the contest, Karim Benzema fired Los Blancos right into a deserved lead on the hit of half-time. In the 2nd period, Cristiano Ronaldo to let go a clear chance to twin the team"s lead yet eventually acquired on the scoresheet beyond the 90th minute.

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Real Madrid will challenge Kashima Antlers in Sunday"s final, after the Japanese champion secured a 3-0 over Atletico Nacional top top Wednesday.



Ronaldo threatened for Real beforehand on.Matt Roberts/Getty Images

Having clinched the Ballon d’Or earlier in the week, all eyes were naturally on Ronaldo in this one, and in the at an early stage stages, it to be the Madrid No. 7 who looked most most likely to break the deadlock.


First, the 31-year-old fired turn off the write-up after a neat pass from Lucas Vazquez, despite the linesman placed his flag up because that offside. Ronaldo struck the woodwork again in the 26th minute, this time heading versus the short article after an ext excellent occupational from Vazquez.

Momentum was beginning to construct behind Real, and also Benzema thought he"d score after tucking house a rebound native Ronaldo"s free-kick. However, he to be offside. The Frenchman eventually found the net in first-half stoppage time, though.



Benzema fires Madrid ahead.TORU YAMANAKA/Getty Images

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Toni Kroos was the architect, together his fragile through happen left Benzema through time and room to choose his spot throughout the "keeper, fizzing the ball into the net through the exterior of his foot. Per the OptaJose Twitter feed, the striker appears to gain this competition:


OptaJose
OptaJose

1 - Karim Benzema is the very first Real Madrid player come score in two various #ClubWC. Gourmet. Https://t.co/SDqPzvEezd


The goal provided Real a well-deserved command at the interval and left society America, who had actually offered small in an attacking sense in the first period, through a mountain to climb.

After play restarted, Ronaldo continued to hunt for a goal, and also once again, Vazquez fed the front in the punish area. But he experienced his shoot well blocked by Paolo Goltz. The Portuguese spurned an additional chance ~ the hour note too, as he comically mistimed his initiative inside the six-yard box.

As detailed by Dermot Corrigan the ESPN FC, Vazquez to be proving to be a menace to the club America defenders v his deliveries right into the area:


Dermot Corrigan
dermotmcorrigan

Lucas Vazquez with an additional perfect cross... Benzema pipeline it because that Ronaldo... Whose taken by surprise and miscues in prior of gaping goal.


Real continued to store their adversaries pinned earlier as the complement entered the last stages, but they to be reminded the the risks of only having a one-goal advantage. The was ~ Nacho did well to clean from under his very own bar ~ a devilish cross right into the area.


Unfortunately for club America, the was the just real flurry they had actually in the last stages, as Real progressively took the sting the end of the video game by maintaining the ball. It allowed them come pick v their cavalier enemies as the end approached and allowed Ronaldo to finally get on the scoresheet with virtually the final kick that the game.



Ronaldo did ultimately get on the scoresheet.Matt Roberts/Getty Images

As listed by Phil Kitromilides of real Madrid TV, it to be a landmark goal because that the prolific 31-year-old:


Phil Kitromilides
PhilKitro

Cristiano Ronaldo has actually now score in every compete he's ever before played in for actual Madrid.


This competition might not be the most important on real Madrid"s agenda this term, yet there"s always something special about being crowned the finest club next in the world. Manager Zinedine Zidane will certainly be pleased to see his side through, return he will be conscious that enhancements are needed versus a cohesive Antlers team.

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Indeed, through pockets of north seats about the stadium, there to be times once this semi-final felt like an exhibition complement for the european champions. Expect more punters to it is in in attendance top top Sunday in assistance of the J.League winners and a much more vociferous accompanying environment as a result.

 

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After the video game injured Madrid front Gareth Bale post his congratulations come the team on social media:


Gareth Bale
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Good success from the guys in Japan