FIFA Club World Cup : Kashima Antlers 1-3 Real Madrid
Real Madrid remain on course to win their seventh Club World Cup title in the wake of beating Kashima Antlers in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday evening thanks to a Gareth Bale hat-trick.
Kashima Antlers put up a challenge for the opening few minutes however once Real Madrid made sense of their press, the Champions League winners were comfortable.
The half looked like it might end without a goal before Bale popped up with the finish. It came after a pleasant blend between Luka Modric and Marcelo, which finished with a one-two with the Brazilian and a finish in off the post by Bale.
The second goal came from a mistake by Yamamoto. he played the ball between his central defender and keeper but it made it to neither of them. Parcel snuck in and opened home as he conveyed it out to one side to wrap up.
The third came as Marcelo fed the attacker and Bale picked it up on the left. He hammered home and with that pummeled the entryway close on Kashima’s hopes of a final date.
The only bad news for them on the night was that they lost Marco Asensio soon after going ahead with thigh damage that was disturbing him in the development to the game but they did welcome Casemiro back after a long spell on the sidelines.
Real Madrid will meet the hosts, Al Ain in the final on Sunday with Kashima going into the bronze award amusement against River Plate on Satiurday.