Final, 2-0 Real Madrid: It’s all over at Le Grand Stade de Marrakech. Real Madrid wins the game over San Lorenzo and claims its first-ever Club World Cup title.
It was one-way traffic in the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup final, as Real Madrid overpowered San Lorenzo in Morocco. Ramos and Bale scored in each half for the European champions, who were far superior to their South American counterparts from start to finish.
San Lorenzo tried to frustrate Real Madrid into making mistakes, but it didn’t work. Real Madrid kept its cool, stayed patient and scored enough goals to earn a comfortable victory. Real Madrid will take its fourth trophy of 2014 back to Spain, and its 22-game winning streak remains intact.
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89th minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: Coentrao crosses from the by-line for Ronaldo, who heads a shot straight at Torrico. It looks like Ronaldo will fail to score both of Real Madrid’s games at the Club World Cup.
88th minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: Buffarini curls a shot from distance, but it goes wide of Casillas’ goal.
88th minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: Real Madrid makes its final change, as Varane comes on for Ramos, who departs to a thunderous ovation.
87th minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: Casillas saves Mercier’s powerful, long-range shot.
85th minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: Kanneman is cautioned for pulling Ronaldo’s jersey as he tried to break forward from the midfield.
84th minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: Kalinski shoots from 25 yards out, but Casillas makes a fine diving save.
79th minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: It’s all Real Madrid at the moment, as the world champions-elect pass the ball around the midfield and defensive lines with little resistance from San Lorenzo.
73rd minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: Ancelotti makes another change to Real Madrid’s back line, replacing Carvajal with Arbeloa.
73rd minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: Bale floats a cross into the goal-mouth. Benzema has two defenders draped over him and misses with a volleyed effort.
One of them ripped Benzema’s jersey.
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68th minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: San Lorenzo makes its final substitution, replacing Cauteruccio with Matos.
66th minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: Mas pushes forward, receives a pass inside Real Madrid’s penalty area takes a low shot, but Casillas saves the San Lorenzo fullback’s effort.
64th minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: Bale’s attempted cross to Ronaldo hits the crossbar and goes out before it can reach the Portuguese superstar.
Real Madrid now is cruising, and it looks like San Lorenzo is losing its will to fight.
63rd minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: Benzema narrowly misses the target with a powerful shot from 20 yards out.
60th minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: Yepes exits, and Cetto enters, as San Lorenzo makes its second substitution.
57th minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: San Lorenzo makes its first substitution, replacing Veron with Romagnoli.
56th minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: Ramos pounces on a loose ball and shots, but it hits Bale.
55th minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: Buffarini is cautioned for dragging down Bale.
54th minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: Kalinski half-volleys a shot over Casillas’ goal — but not by much.
51st minute, 2-0 Real Madrid: Bale scores after Torrico lets the Welshman’s shot slip underneath him.
The goal ended a flurry of attacks by Real Madrid. Kroos passed to Isco, who slotted a pass to Bale inside the San Lorenzo penalty area. Bale shot weakly. Torrico looked like he saved Bale’s effort until it squirmed into the goal.
47th minute, 1-0 Real Madrid: Yepes heads Barrientos’ corner kick wide.
46th minute, 1-0 Real Madrid: The second half of the Club World Cup Final is underway at Le Grand Stade de Marrakech.
Halftime, 1-0 Real Madrid: That’s the end of the first half. Real Madrid leads at the break.
Real Madrid proved it can endure pain (and dole some out) and emerge a stronger force in the first half against San Lorenzo. The European champions dominated possession and territory, dealt with San Lorenzo’s negative tactics and ultimately took a deserved lead through Ramos.
We can’t fault San Lorenzo for their approach. Real Madrid has more quality at every position, and the Argentines decided to defend deep, stay compact and rough up the stars from Spain. It worked until Ramos’ towering header put Real Madrid in front.
Now San Lorenzo will have to do some attacking in the second half — it didn’t register a shot on goal in the first — and open up space at the back for Real Madrid to exploit.
If San Lorenzo is hoping for divine intervention, it won’t come from its most famous fan, Pope Francis.
Kroos was perfect in the first half.
45th minute, 1-0 Real Madrid: There will be a minimum of two minutes of added time in the first half.
44th minute, 1-0 Real Madrid: Ramos gets on the end of a free kick, but his sliced shot doesn’t trouble Torrico, who saves it.
44th minute, 1-0 Real Madrid: Coentrao replaces Marcelo, as Ancelotti makes an early substitution.
43rd minute, 1-0 Real Madrid: Kanneman fouls Marcelo, injuring the Brazilian fullback.
41st minute, 1-0 Real Madrid: San Lorenzo makes a rare forward thrust, which ends when Casillas catches Barrientos’ sliced cross.
40th minute, 1-0 Real Madrid: Isco and Carvajal are tussling with Barrientos, and the referee spekas to the players, telling them to calm down.
37th minute, 1-0 Real Madrid: Ramos heads Kroos’ corner kick past Torrico, and Real Madrid has found its breakthrough. Ramos out-jumped Yepes to reach the corner kick.
36th minute, 0-0: San Lorenzo gives the ball away in the midfield, and Real Madrid breaks forward. Benzema dribbles toward the San Lorenzo goal and lays it off to Ronaldo, who shoots on goal. Torrico saves it out for a corner kick.
30th minute, 0-0: Carvajal is cautioned for a foul on Mas.
28th minute, 0-0: Ronaldo cuts inside and passes to Benzema, who shoots straight at Torrico from 20 yards out. Torrico bobbles Benzema’s powerful strike but pounces on the rebound before Bale could arrive.
26th minute, 0-0: Not much to report so far, but Pepe’s foul throw is the first light-hearted moment in this tense and contentious game.
22nd minute, 0-0: Ramos is cautioned for a needless foul on Buffarini.
21st minute, 0-0: Real Madrid still is controlling proceedings, but San Lorenzo is making it hard for the Spanish club to create much in the final third. San Lorenzo’s defense is well-drilled, and its tough-tackling players are ready for fight.
16th minute, 0-0: Barrientos is cautioned, apparently for dissent. The referee ruled that Yepes had fouled Bale near San Lorenzo’s penalty area, sparking furious protests from the Argentinian team.
12th minute, 0-0: Ortigoza is cautioned for a late challenge on Ramos.
10th minute, 0-0: Real Madrid is in total control early on, but San Lorenzo is trying break its dominance with aggressive and physical defending.
Fifth minute, 0-0: Ronaldo’s powerful free kick from 35 yards out takes two deflections before reaching Torrico, who collects it.
First minute, 0-0: Real Madrid nearly strikes out of the gate, as Ronaldo gets free in the San Lorenzo penalty area and passes to Benzema at the far post. The French striker was a step slow and couldn’t reach Ronaldo’s cross.
Kickoff: The Club World Cup Final is underway at Le Grand Stade de Marrakech.
Pregame: James (Rodriguez) is a surprise starter for Real Madrid. The Colombian star takes Illaramendi’s place in the midfield after recovering from a calf injury.
The rest of Real Madrid’s lineup remains the same.
2:15 p.m.: Here are the lineups:
Iker Casillas (1), goalkeeper
Marcelo (12), left back
Pepe (3), center back
Sergio Ramos (4), center back
Dani Carvajal (15), right back
Toni Kroos (8), midfielder
Isco (23), midfielder
James Rodriguez (10), midfielder
Gareth Bale (11), forward
Cristiano Ronaldo (7), forward
Karim Benzema (9), striker
Keylor Navas (13), goalkeeper
Fernando Pacheco (25), goalkeeper
Raphael Varane (2), defender
Nacho Fernandez (18), defender
Fabio Coentrao (5), defender
Alvaro Arbeloa (17), defender
Sami Khedira (6), midfielder
Asier Illarramendi (24), midfielder
Alvaro Medran (26), midfielder
Jese (20), striker
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (14), striker
Leo Franco (1), goalkeeper
Jose Devecchi (23), goalkeeper
Mauro Cetto (2), defender
Fabricio Fontanini (29), defender
Ramiro Arias (13), defender
Matias Catalan (27), defender
Facundo Quignon (31), midfielder
Juan Cavallaro (24), midfielder
Leandro Romagnoli (10), midfielder
Hector Villalba (15), forward
Mauro Matos (26), striker
Nicolas Blandi (22), striker
Sebastian Torrico (12), goalkeeper
Emanuel Mas (21), left back
Mario Yepes (3), center back
Walter Kannemann (14), center back
Julio Buffarini (7), right back
Juan Mercier (5), midfielder
Nestor Ortigoza (20), midfielder
Enzo Kalinski (8), midfielder
Pablo Barrientos (11), forward
Gonzalo Veron (30), forward
Martin Cuateruccio (9), striker
1:15 p.m. ET: A world championship is on the line, as Real Madrid and San Lorenzo play their final game of 2014 Saturday.
Real Madrid and San Lorenzo face off at Le Grand Stade de Marrakech in the final of the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup. Either the Spanish or the Argentinian club will win their first Club World Cup title with a victory and end the year on a high note.
Real Madrid is the strong favorite heading into the game. The reigning king of Europe dispatched Cruz Azul with startling ease on Tuesday, beating the Mexican club 4-0 in the semifinal. Head coach Carlo Ancelotti’s team is on a club-record 21-game winning streak, and the Italian tactician doesn’t intend for it stop in Morocco.
San Lorenzo survived a scare in the semifinal. San Lorenzo needed extra time to defeat New Zealand’s Auckland City 2-1 on Wednesday in the other semifinal. The extra work and one less day of rest are obstacles to San Lorenzo’s pursuit of global glory, but the underdogs have talent, unity and fighting spirit to spare.
Real Madrid-San Lorenzo kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Join us right here for all the action from Le Grand Stade de Marrakech.
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