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2018 FIFA Club World Cup Final

The 2018 FIFA Club World Cup Final was the final match of the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup, an international club football tournament hosted by the United Arab Emirates. It was the 15th final of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised tournament between the winner clubs from each of the six continental confederations, as well as the league winner from the host nation.

2018 FIFA Club World Cup Final
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The Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi hosted the final.
Event2018 FIFA Club World Cup
Date22 December 2018 (2018-12-22)
VenueZayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Man of the MatchMarcos Llorente (Real Madrid)[1]
RefereeJair Marrufo (United States)[2]
Attendance40,696[1]
WeatherClear night
22 °C (72 °F)
65% humidity[2]
2017

The final was contested between Spanish club and defending champions Real Madrid (who won the last two editions of the competition), representing UEFA as the reigning champions of the UEFA Champions League, and Emirati club Al-Ain, representing the host nation as the reigning champions of the UAE Pro-League.[3] The match was played at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 22 December 2018.[4]

Real Madrid won the final 4–1 for their third consecutive and fourth overall FIFA Club World Cup title, breaking the tie with Barcelona to become the outright record winners of the competition.[5]

Contents

TeamsEdit

In the following table, finals until 2005 were in the FIFA Club World Championship era, since 2006 were in the FIFA Club World Cup era.

Team Confederation Qualification for tournament Previous club world championship finals
(bold indicates winners)
  Real Madrid UEFA Winners of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League IC: 5 (1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002)
FCWC: 3 (2014, 2016, 2017)
  Al-Ain AFC (Hosts) Winners of the 2017–18 UAE Pro-League None

Note: On 27 October 2017, FIFA officially recognised all the champions of the Intercontinental Cup as club world champions, in equal status to the FIFA Club World Cup.[6]

VenueEdit

Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi was announced as the venue for the final in May 2018, reprising its role as the final venue in 2009, 2010, and 2017.[7] It is the largest stadium in the United Arab Emirates and is primarily used by the Emirati national football team.[8] Zayed Sports City Stadium hosted the 1996 Asian Cup Final and is planned to host several matches in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. It is also featured on the 200 Dirham banknote.[9] The 43,000-seat stadium opened in 1980 and also hosted matches in the 2003 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[10][11]

BackgroundEdit

Real Madrid qualified for the Club World Cup as winners of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League by defeating Liverpool in the final.[12] The club won three of the four previous editions of the Club World Cup: in 2014, 2016 and 2017.[13] This was their fifth participation and third consecutive appearance in the tournament, both a record for European teams. The match was their fourth overall final (after 2014, 2016 and 2017), tying the record with Barcelona. The match also was their third consecutive final, extending their record set in the previous edition. The match was the 14th consecutive and overall final featuring a European team (with only the first final in 2000 including no team from Europe), and the 8th overall and 5th consecutive final featuring a Spanish team, all extending the competition records. If Real Madrid were to win, they would become the outright record winners of the Club World Cup with four titles, breaking their tie with Barcelona for the record. A win would also extended the records for most consecutive titles for a team (3), most titles for a confederation (11 for UEFA), most consecutive titles for a confederation (6 for UEFA, breaking the tie set by European teams between 2007 and 2011), most titles for a nation (7 for Spain), and most consecutive titles for a nation (5 for Spain).[14]

Al-Ain qualified for their first Club World Cup as winners of the 2017–18 season of the UAE Pro-League, the top-level league in the United Arab Emirates.[15] Al-Ain was the first Emirati team to reach the Club World Cup final,[16] as well as the second Asian team (after Kashima Antlers in 2016). The final was also the third final to feature the host representative (after Corinthians in 2000, Raja Casablanca in 2013 and Kashima Antlers in 2016). If Al-Ain were to win, they would have become the first team outside of Europe and South America to win the Club World Cup, as well as the second host representative to win the tournament (after Corinthians in 2000).[14]

The final was the second between an Asian and European team, after Real Madrid won against Kashima Antlers in the 2016 final. The final was also the third final between the host representative and a European team, both won by the European team, with Bayern Munich winning against Raja Casablanca in 2013, in addition to the aforementioned 2016 final. The match was the fourth final not to feature a South American team after 2010, 2013 and 2016 (all of which the European teams won).[14]

Route to the finalEdit

  Real Madrid Team   Al-Ain
Opponent Result 2018 FIFA Club World Cup Opponent Result
Bye First round   Team Wellington 3–3 (a.e.t.) (4–3 p)
Second round   Espérance de Tunis 3–0
  Kashima Antlers 3–1 Semi-finals   River Plate 2–2 (a.e.t.) (5–4 p)

Real MadridEdit

As European champions, Real Madrid received a bye to the semi-final round, where they faced Asian champions Kashima Antlers of Japan. Kashima, who had defeated CONCACAF champions Guadalajara, were defeated by Real Madrid in the 2016 final.[17] Madrid defeated the Antlers 3–1 on a hat-trick scored by Gareth Bale over 11 minutes of play.[18] Bale scored in the 44th minute and added two goals in the 53rd and 55th minutes to open the second half; Shoma Doi scored a consolation goal for Kashima in the 78th minute after it was ruled onside by the video assistant referee.[19][20]

Al-AinEdit

In the first round on 12 December, Al-Ain defeated Team Wellington in a penalty shoot-out following a 3–3 draw at their home stadium, Hazza bin Zayed Stadium. Wellington, a semi-professional club that qualified as the OFC Champions League champion, entered halftime with a 3–1 lead that was cut back by an equalising volley from Marcus Berg.[21] The match remained scoreless after extra time and advanced to a penalty shoot-out, which Al-Ain won 4–3 after five rounds after goalkeeper Khalid Eisa made two saves.[22][23]

Al-Ain advanced to face African champions Espérance de Tunis in the second round match, held three days later at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium. The team defeated Espérance 3–0 in an upset that began with two goals scored in the opening 16 minutes.[24] Al-Ain produced a larger upset in the semi-finals, defeating Copa Libertadores champions River Plate in a penalty shoot-out to advance to the Club World Cup final.[25] The match began with two early goals for River Plate scored by Rafael Santos Borré following an opening strike from Berg; after an equalising goal was disallowed by the video assistant referee, Caio Lucas Fernandes scored for Al-Ain in the 51st minute to draw the teams level at 2–2. After a scoreless extra time, aided by goalkeeper Essa's saves, Al-Ain defeated River Plate 5–4 in a penalty shoot-out, its second of the competition,[26] with Essa making one save on River's Enzo Pérez.[27][28][29] The semi-final upset of River was called the "greatest achievement" in Emirati football history by Al-Ain manager Zoran Mamić.[26]

MatchEdit

SummaryEdit

Real Madrid had 70 percent of possession in the first half, taking advantage of Al-Ain's defensive lapses to produce 11 shots.[30] After a saved chance from Al-Ain's Hussein El Shahat, Luka Modrić opened scoring for Madrid in the 14th minute with a left-footed shot.[31] Caio attempted to equalize a minute later, but was found to be offside. The half ended with a 1–0 lead for Madrid, with several later shots saved by Al-Ain goalkeeper Khalid Eisa.[32]

Madrid opened the second half with another series of attacks while retaining possession of the ball, finding its second goal in the 60th minute on a long-distance strike by Marcos Llorente.[31] The pace of the match slowed as Al-Ain looked to find a consolation goal, with Caio taking advantage of a defensive mistake by Sergio Ramos but unable to score against goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.[30] Ramos responded by scoring in the 79th minute, a header on a corner kick taken by Modrić after a counter-attack, to give Real Madrid a three-goal lead. Six minutes later, a free kick taken by Caio found left-back Tsukasa Shiotani, who scored Al-Ain's only goal of the match.[32] In stoppage time, an own goal was scored by Al-Ain's Yahya Nader on a cross by Madrid substitute Vinícius Júnior; it was Madrid's final goal to extend their lead to 4–1.[31]

DetailsEdit

Real Madrid  4–1  Al-Ain
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Real Madrid[33]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Al-Ain[33]
GK 25   Thibaut Courtois
RB 2   Dani Carvajal
CB 5   Raphaël Varane
CB 4   Sergio Ramos (c)   45'
LB 12   Marcelo
CM 10   Luka Modrić
CM 18   Marcos Llorente   82'
CM 8   Toni Kroos   70'
RF 17   Lucas Vázquez   84'
CF 9   Karim Benzema
LF 11   Gareth Bale
Substitutes:
GK 1   Keylor Navas
GK 13   Kiko Casilla
DF 3   Jesús Vallejo
DF 6   Nacho
DF 19   Álvaro Odriozola
DF 23   Sergio Reguilón
MF 14   Casemiro   82'
MF 15   Federico Valverde
MF 20   Marco Asensio
MF 22   Isco
MF 24   Dani Ceballos   70'
FW 28   Vinícius Júnior   84'
Manager:
  Santiago Solari
 
GK 17   Khalid Eisa
RB 23   Mohamed Ahmed   64'
CB 5   Ismail Ahmed (c)
CB 14   Mohammed Fayez
LB 33   Tsukasa Shiotani
CM 43   Rayan Yaslam
CM 16   Mohamed Abdulrahman   67'
CM 3   Tongo Doumbia
RW 74   Hussein El Shahat
LW 7   Caio
CF 9   Marcus Berg   75'
Substitutes:
GK 1   Mohammed Busanda
GK 12   Hamad Al-Mansouri
DF 19   Mohanad Salem
DF 44   Saeed Jumaa
MF 6   Amer Abdulrahman   67'
MF 11   Bandar Al-Ahbabi   64'
MF 13   Ahmed Barman
MF 18   Ibrahim Diaky
MF 28   Sulaiman Nasser
MF 30   Mohammed Khalfan
MF 88   Yahya Nader   75'
FW 99   Jamal Ibrahim
Manager:
  Zoran Mamić

Man of the Match:
Marcos Llorente (Real Madrid)[1]

Assistant referees:[2]
Frank Anderson (United States)
Corey Rockwell (United States)
Fourth official:
Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
Reserve assistant referee:
Zakhele Siwela (South Africa)
Video assistant referees:
Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
Assistant video assistant referee:
Mark Geiger (United States)
Bruno Boschilia (Brazil)
Mauro Vigliano (Argentina)

Match rules[34]

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Twelve named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions, with a fourth allowed in extra time

StatisticsEdit

Post-matchEdit

With their win, Real Madrid became the outright record winners of the Club World Cup with four titles. They also extended the record for most consecutive titles with their third in a row.[5][32] It is the first trophy won by manager Santiago Solari, who was hired by Real Madrid in October; Solari complimented Al-Ain on their run to the final, calling it a "remarkable achievement".[36]

Marcos Llorente, who scored one goal in the match, won the man of the match award for the final.[5] Gareth Bale of Real Madrid won the Golden Ball award as the best player of the tournament, finishing as joint-top scorer with three goals (tied with Rafael Santos Borré of River Plate). Caio of Al-Ain won the Silver Ball award behind Bale. Real Madrid also won the FIFA Fair Play Award with the best disciplinary record at the tournament.[37]

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