Ronaldo on target as Real Madrid reach Club World Cup final

Los Blancos defeated Mexico's Club America 2-0 on Thursday


Afp December 15, 2016
Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd R) is congratulated by teammates Alvaro Morata (#21), James Rodriguez (2nd L) and Nacho Fernande (#6) after scoring a goal during the Club World Cup semi-final football match between Mexico's Club America and Spain's Real Madrid at Yokohama International stadium in Yokohama on December 15, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

YOKOHAMA: Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo were on target as Real Madrid eased past Mexico's Club America 2-0 on Thursday to reach the Club World Cup final in Japan.

The Spanish giants will face shock finalists and local favourites Kashima Antlers in Yokohama on Sunday as they look to capture their second world title in three years.

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With Ronaldo firing blanks until the very end of the game, Benzema struck in first-half stoppage after finishing clinically with the outside of his right boot on the deft pass from Toni Kroos.

Ronaldo, who won his fourth Ballon d'Or earlier this week, had already squandered a gilt-edged chance by heading against the post.

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The Portuguese superstar also had two fierce shots saved by goalkeeper Moises Munoz but finally found the net deep into injury time as Real extended their club record unbeaten run to 36 matches in all competitions.

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