Real Madrid Win Club World Cup In Eight-goal Final
Real Madrid beat Al-Hilal in a remarkable eight-goal Fifa Club World Cup final in Rabat to win the trophy for a record-extending fifth time.
Vinicius Jr and Federico Valverde put European champions Real 2-0 up and Moussa Marega gave Al-Hilal hope before Vinicius set up Karim Benzema’s goal. Valverde netted again and Luciano Vietto scored before Vinicius’ second.
Vietto swivelled in the box before firing in a second to for 5-3 but Al-Hilal rarely looked like coming back. Carlo Ancelotti’s Real added to their four cups from 2014 to 2018 – and ensured European teams have won the past 10 editions of the tournament.
They had brushed off Egyptian side Al Ahly 4-1 in the semi-finals, the round the European champions always enter the tournament. Asian champions Al-Hilal, who are managed by former Oxford United boss Ramon Diaz, beat Brazilians Flamengo in the semis to become the first Saudi team to reach the final.
But despite the double from former Fulham striker Vietto they could not become the first Asian team to lift the trophy.
Chelsea won last year’s final but were not able to defend it as only reigning continental champions – and champions of the host country – are invited.
Fifa plans to change the format of the tournament from June 2025 to feature 32 teams and be held every four years.