News ID: 112331
Publish Date : 12 February 2023 - 21:32

Real Madrid Past Al Hilal to Secure 5th Club World Cup Title

RABAT (Reuters) - Real Madrid won the Club World Cup for a record extending fifth time after beating Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal 5-3 in the final on Saturday, with doubles from Federico Valverde and Vinicius Jr and a goal by Karim Benzema.
It was a largely one-sided contest at the Prince Moulay Abdallah stadium, with Real never looking likely to cede control despite allowing their opponents to score three times, with Luciano Vietto also netting twice.
The Moroccan fans who created a noisy atmosphere enjoyed a flurry of goals that started early, with the European Champions opening the scoring in the 13th minute.
Valverde linked up with Benzema, who put the ball on a plate for Vinicius ghosting in behind the defense to slot in from close range.
Valverde extended Real’s lead five minutes later on the rebound but Al Hilal hit back with a goal from Moussa Marega on the counter-attack.
Real controlled the tempo and had almost 70 percent possession, but they were exposed several times in defense, with Marega and Vietto creating trouble one-on-one against Antonio Rudiger and Eduardo Camavinga, who was once again playing as an improvised left back.
Vinicius took center stage after the break, with the Brazilian showing off his skills against the beleaguered Al Hilal defense, with the crowd on their feet every time the jet-heeled Brazilian ran down the left channel.
He set up Benzema for Real’s third with a brilliant cross with the outside of his boot in the 54th minute, before Valverde extended their lead from close-range.