Club World Cup
América0Real Madrid2

América 0-2 Real Madrid

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Real Madrid through despite Ronaldo goal confusion

Real Madrid extended their unbeaten run to 36 games by beating Club America 2-0 to reach the Fifa Club World Cup final.

Karim Benzema gave the European champions the lead with a clipped finish after a Toni Kroos pass.

Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the win - and a place in Sunday's final against Kashima Antlers - by drilling a second in added time amid some confusion.

Referee Enrique Caceres briefly asked for a video assistant consultation before allowing the goal to stand.

This year's Club World Cup is the first tournament to use video assistant referees. A pitchside monitor is available to referees to review decisions.

However, Caceres did not view the incident on the monitor before restarting the game and awarding the goal.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema
Benzema is the first Real Madrid player to score in two different Club World Cup competitions

In the other semi-final, referee Viktor Kassai stopped the game after being alerted to an incident by his assistant, then viewed footage on a monitor and gave a penalty to Kashima Antlers in their win over Atletico Nacional.

The Club World Cup features champion club sides from each of Fifa's six continental confederations.

Before Real Madrid's match began, there was a minute's silence at the Yokohama Stadium, in tribute to the victims of the air crash on 28 November that killed 71 people, including 19 players and staff of Brazilian team Chapecoense.

Ronaldo, who won the Ballon d'Or for a fourth time earlier in the week, had hit the post with a glancing header from Lucas Vazquez's cross before Benzema scored.

The Portuguese then had a shot blocked and headed wide before scoring.

"Things have to be clear"

Zinedine Zidane
Zidane was the subject of Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait, a 2006 film documentary that filmed his every move while playing in a match for Real Madrid

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said that the uncertainty surrounded Ronaldo's late strike needs to be ironed out as new uses of technology are trialled.

Referee Caceres initially called for a video review, before independently deciding that there had been no infringement in the build-up to the goal.

"Things have to be clearer. We can not control what they want to do to improve things with technology but things have to be clearer," the former France international said.

The tournament is the first time that a pitch-side monitor has been available for referees to view footage to help them make "match-changing decisions"..

Line-ups

América

  • 23Muñoz
  • 18Valdez
  • 17AlvaradoSubstituted forDaniel Guerreroat 54'minutes
  • 2Goltz
  • 12Aguilar Benitez
  • 6Samudio
  • 30IbarraSubstituted forQuinteroat 61'minutes
  • 7Da Silva
  • 14SambuezaBooked at 21mins
  • 24Peralta
  • 9RomeroSubstituted forArroyoat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gonzalez
  • 3Burón
  • 4Pimentel
  • 5Güemez
  • 10Martínez
  • 11Arroyo
  • 13León
  • 15Mares
  • 21Daniel Guerrero
  • 31Quintero
  • 37Álvarez

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 6NachoBooked at 90mins
  • 12Marcelo
  • 19Modric
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8KroosSubstituted forRodríguezat 72'minutes
  • 17Vázquez
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMorataat 80'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 3Pepe
  • 4Ramos
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 13Casilla
  • 15da Silva Coentrão
  • 16Kovacic
  • 18Mariano
  • 20Asensio
  • 21Morata
  • 22Isco
  • 23Danilo
  • 25Yáñez
Referee:
Enrique Cáceres
Attendance:
50,117

Match Stats

Home TeamAméricaAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home5
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, América 0, Real Madrid 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, América 0, Real Madrid 2.

Offside, América. Rubens Sambueza tries a through ball, but Oribe Peralta is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! América 0, Real Madrid 2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Rodríguez.

Booking

Nacho (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nacho (Real Madrid).

Carlos Quintero (América) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marcelo.

Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by José Daniel Guerrero (América).

Attempt missed. Michael Arroyo (América) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by William Da Silva.

Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paolo Goltz (América).

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Pablo Aguilar.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Karim Benzema.

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

William Da Silva (América) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by William Da Silva (América).

Attempt saved. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. James Rodríguez replaces Toni Kroos.

Substitution

Substitution, América. Michael Arroyo replaces Silvio Romero.

Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carlos Quintero (América).

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

Silvio Romero (América) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, América. Carlos Quintero replaces Renato Ibarra.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Paolo Goltz.

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.

Hand ball by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.

Substitution

Substitution, América. José Daniel Guerrero replaces Ventura Alvarado.

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a set piece situation.

Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Miguel Samudio (América).

Offside, Real Madrid. Luka Modric tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

Foul by Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

Oribe Peralta (América) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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