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Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric star as Real Madrid hoist Club World Cup

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:24:00 PST

Cristiano Ronaldo's free kick early in the second half would be all Real Madrid would need to claim the Club World Cup title. Real Madrid have won five titles in a calendar year for the first time in the club's history after a comfortable 1-0 victory over Gremio in the Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal of the game with a free kick after 53 minutes. Los Blancos have not lost an international final since falling to defeat against Boca Juniors in 2000 in the then-named Intercontinental Cup, a winning run that stretches 12 matches.  Real Madrid Grêmio 1 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives Real Madrid became the...

Real's Club World Cup win vs. Gremio highlights football's chasm in quality

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:58:00 PST

Gremio had few pretensions of outplaying Real Madrid in the final of the Club World Cup. Their aim was to outscore them. But hard though they fought, they could not muster a single shot on target as they fell to a single-goal defeat that could have been much heavier. The game plan of the South American champions was clear: The focus was on aggressive defence -- at one point, too aggressive. Before a Gremio player had even touched the ball, centre-back Pedro Geromel went into the Real half to...

Real Madrid win Club World Cup as Ronaldo again stars on the big stage

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:28:00 PST

Cristiano Ronaldo's free kick early in the second half would be all Real Madrid would need to claim the Club World Cup title. Three quick thoughts as Real Madrid retain the Club World Cup by beating Gremio 1-0 in Saturday's final in Abu Dhabi. 1. Ronaldo again the matchwinner  Cristiano Ronaldo was again the matchwinner as Real Madrid retained the Club World Cup with a very comfortable 1-0 victory against a battling but limited Gremio side at Abu Dhabi's Zayed Sports City Stadium on Saturday evening. Madrid dominated possession throughout the first half without really testing Gremio goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe, with...

Zinedine Zidane hints at interest in Liverpool star Mohamed Salah

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:34:00 PST

With the calendar soon turning over to the new year, the gossip ahead of the January transfer window is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours. Zidane hints at Salah interest This might sound like 2 + 2 = 5, but Zinedine Zidane has been impressed with Mohamed Salah's displays for Liverpool and could try to bring the forward to Real Madrid, according to the Sun. Salah has been in fine form since moving to Anfield in the summer and leads the Premier League goal-scoring chart...

Real Madrid can't afford to overlook Gremio in Club World Cup with Clasico next

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:29:00 PST

The FC crew answer your tweets defending Manchester United's season so far and question if Gremio can give Real Madrid problems in the Club World Cup final. Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane seemed unimpressed with the use of video technology in their Club World Cup win over Al-Jazira. Real Madrid will seek to retain their Club World Cup title against Brazilian side Gremio on Saturday in the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi after both sides were made to work harder than expected to reach the showpiece game.  Zinedine Zidane's Real were extremely fortunate to get past Al-Jazira in the semi-finals while Gremio laboured to victory over Mexican outfit Pachuca, courtesy of a wonder goal in extra time from substitute Everton.   Renato "Gaucho" Portaluppi, who may...

Power Rankings: Man City stay top, Man United drop, Real Madrid return

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:10:00 PST

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop presents his latest power rankings, as Man City remain top and Real Madrid crack the top 10. The FC panel discuss the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on English football and whether or not his City side can finish the season unbeaten. ESPN FC's Mark Ogden and Man City correspondent Jonathan Smith assess City's chances of finishing the Premier League season unbeaten. Janusz Michallik and Mark Donaldson delve into the finer points of Man City's derby win and its impact on the title race. Is there any stopping the top team in England? They stay at No. 1, while below them, their local rivals slip and two Portuguese sides are on the up. Dropping out: Chelsea, Liverpool. Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV! Shaka Hislop played for over 10 years in the Premier League and represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2006 World Cup. Watch him on ESPN FC TV!

Man City chasing Bayern for longest winning run in Europe's top 5 leagues

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:44:00 PST

Manchester City easily dispatch of Swansea City to win their 15th consecutive Premier League game. Manchester City easily dispatch of Swansea City to win their 15th consecutive Premier League game. The FC panel discuss the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on English football and whether or not his City side can finish the season unbeaten. Manchester City sealed a Premier League record run of 15 consecutive victories on Wednesday with a 4-0 win at Swansea City, but they still have a way to go before they can claim the record across Europe's top five leagues. Pep Guardiola's side have the longest winning streak in the English top flight, and perhaps it's no surprise -- the Catalan coach is now looking to break his own continental record that he set at one of his former clubs. ESPN FC's correspondents look at the best runs in La...

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo annoyed by Lionel Messi chants

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:04:00 PST

It took a second half comeback, but Real Madrid eventually emerged victorious with a 2-1 win over Al Jazira in the semifinal of the Club World Cup. Los Blancos fell behind to an early goal from Romarinho, with the misfiring Cristiano Ronaldo cutting a frustrated figure for the majority of the opening stages. In all honesty, the relentless chants of "Messi, Messi, Messi!" emanating from the home fans in Abu Dhabi probably didn't help either. Fans chanting Messi's name to Ronaldo =9=9=9=9 pic.twitter.com/UBGyngbZBy— R (@MessiZone) December 13, 2017 However, Ronaldo eventually harnessed his ire and smashed...

Gareth Bale's CWC rescue act the first step to Real Madrid rehabilitation

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:54:00 PST

Gareth Bale's winner sent Real Madrid on their way to the Club World Cup final. Gareth Bale's winner sent Real Madrid on their way to the Club World Cup final. Gareth Bale's winner sent Real Madrid on their way to the Club World Cup final. Gareth Bale found himself in the new position of much needed saviour on Wednesday night, after the often criticised Galactico saved Real Madrid from humiliation in their Club World Cup semifinal against Al Jazira. A more entertaining than expected game at Abu Dhabi's Zayed Sports City Stadium saw Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema miss chance after chance, before the locals took a shock lead through Brazilian forward Romarinho just before half-time. Even after Ronaldo made it 1-1 after the break,...

Zinedine Zidane to blame for lacklustre Real Madrid in win vs. Al-Jazira

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:17:00 PST

Gareth Bale's late goal completed the comeback as Real Madrid advanced to the Club World Cup final. Cristiano Ronaldo's leveler for Real Madrid against Al-Jazira puts him atop the Club World Cup goalscoring charts. Real Madrid narrowly avoided embarrassment with a 2-1 win over Al-Jazira in the Club World Cup semifinals, a game in which the contentious VAR system and the referee jostled for the spotlight. The UAE Pro-League champions took the lead thanks to Romarinho before Cristiano Ronaldo and substitute Gareth Bale struck to spare Zinedine Zidane's blushes against a side whose own coach, Henk ten Cate, had all but ruled out a shock victory before the game. Real were grateful to VAR for cancelling an Al-Jazira...

Real Madrid must view Club World Cup as a springboard not a distraction

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

Cristiano Ronaldo scored this acrobatic header in Real Madrid's training session ahead of their Club World Cup semifinal tie against Al Jazira. There is a scene in the iconic 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia in which the protagonist -- T.E. Lawrence -- lights a cigarette and proceeds to nonchalantly extinguish the match between his thumb and his forefinger. Corporal William Potter looks on with a puzzled expression. When he thinks Lawrence is looking away, Potter surreptitiously tries to repeat the trick himself. "Ooh, it damn well hurts!," he winces, frantically shaking his hand. "Certainly it hurts," responds Lawrence, sagely. "What's...

Champions League draw will bring best out of Real, PSG, Barcelona, Man Utd

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:08:00 PST

Stewart Robson joins Alison Bender to assess the chances of the five English teams in the UCL round of 16. Alison Bender and Stewart Robson discuss some of the biggest ties of the UCL last 16 draw as Real Madrid face PSG. What an absolutely sensational Champions League draw that was. Certainly the most tantalizing, the most intense and the most promising set of round of 16 contests that I can remember. From the stone-faced reactions of Xabi Alonso each time he drew one of his former clubs or one of his ex-"enemies" from the vase, to the patent delight of Manchester City's Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain when Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain were partnered: it was a smashing little piece of drama. But you...

Real Madrid's UCL showdown with PSG will make or break Zidane's season

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:25:00 PST

Julien Laurens is in disbelief Unai Emery is downplaying PSG drawing Real Madrid for the Champions League last 16. Monday's Champions League draw threw up the worst possible scenario for Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane's defending champions were drawn against Paris Saint-Germain. The side narratives to the tie run deeper than pitting the nouveau riche Ligue 1 club against the European establishment in the form of the 12-times winners. It could prove to be a very uncomfortable 180 minutes for the Madrid hierarchy, who courted Kylian Mbappe last summer in a deal scuppered when PSG pulled off a financial fair play-pending...

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates fifth Ballon d'Or by topping Power Rankings

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:39:00 PST

After scooping up his fifth Ballon d'Or award, Cristiano Ronaldo capped off his week with a brace to top our Player Power Rankings. Cristiano Ronaldo's two goals led the way for Real Madrid in their 5-0 win over Sevilla. ESPN FC's global editorial desks nominate their top weekend performers. Cristiano Ronaldo, fresh off another Ballon d'Or triumph, tops our list. 1. Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid Why he's here: Ronaldo celebrated his fifth Ballon d'Or by netting a brace in Real Madrid's 5-0 walloping of Sevilla on Saturday. 2. Lionel Messi | Barcelona Why he's here: Messi scored once as Barcelona beat Villarreal 2-0 on Sunday. It was the Argentine's 525th goal for the club, tying Gerd Muller for most goals...

Michel Salgado: Real need Club World Cup boost before Clasico vs. Barcelona

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:26:00 PST

Michel Salgado backs Real Madrid to get the job done at the Club World Cup and be ready to face Barcelona. Ex-Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado says that winning this week's Club World Cup could be just the boost the team needs ahead of the following weekend's must-win La Liga clasico at the Bernabeu. Before flying out to Abu Dhabi for the CWC on Sunday morning, Madrid eased to a 5-0 La Liga win at home to Sevilla, with coach Zinedine Zidane afterwards saying his team were getting back to their best goalscoring form. However the defending La Liga champions remain eight points adrift of current leaders...

Champions League draw: Neymar to haunt Real? Chelsea to fall at Barca?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:50:00 PST

With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. Alison Bender and Stewart Robson discuss some of the biggest ties of the UCL last 16 draw as Real Madrid face PSG. Stewart Robson joins Alison Bender to assess the chances of the five English teams in the UCL round of 16. With all five English teams advancing to the Champions League knockout stage, Stevie Nicol predicts who'll go all the way. The draw for the Champions League round-of-16 has been made, and there's one clash that stands out as Neymar's PSG take on champions Real Madrid. But there are plenty more storylines to follow. Here's what to watch for. Real Madrid vs. PSG Real's punishment for finishing second in Group H could hardly have been more severe -- a tie that many would have fancied for this year's final and one that will eliminate one of the tournament's super-favourites in one stroke. There is not much head-to-head...

UCL draw: Real Madrid vs. PSG, Chelsea vs. Barcelona, Juve vs. Spurs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:00:00 PST

The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The business end of the Champions League starts here. The draw for the round-of-16 has been made, and there's a bunch of intriguing clashes as teams plot their way to the Kiev final on May 26. Here, correspondents covering the remaining 16 teams give their verdict on the clash awaiting their team in the first knockout round, with Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain arguably the highlight. Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain REAL MADRID Real Madrid will not be happy to have got Paris Saint Germain...

Transfer Rater: Hugo Lloris to Real Madrid, Sergio Romero to Arsenal

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:46:00 PST

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Nedum Onuoha to Burnley Out of contract in the summer, the Queens Park Rangers captain has attracted some interest from the Lancashire club. Although he is 31,...

Ronaldo 8/10, tallies two goals as rotated Madrid XI thrash Sevilla

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 11:09:00 PST

Cristiano Ronaldo's two goals led the way for Real Madrid in their 5-0 win over Sevilla. The FC panel give their candid reactions to Cristiano Ronaldo's claim of being the "best player in the history of football." Real Madrid thrashed Sevilla 5-0, thanks to a spectacular first-half showing at the Santiago Bernabeu. Nacho opened the scoring in the third minute before Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated winning a fifth Ballon d'Or with a neatly taken goal. A clear handball by Jesus Navas granted the Portugal international the chance to double his tally from the penalty spot after 31 minutes. Toni Kroos and Achraf Hakimi both scored their first goals of the season to complete a five-star first half. From there,...

Gareth Bale in line for Spurs return; Courtois hints at Chelsea exit

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 05:29:00 PST

With the January window on the horizon, there's plenty brewing in the transfer market. All the latest deals and potential deals can be found here. Bale in line for Spurs return? Gareth Bale could be set for a shock return to Tottenham after falling down the pecking order at Real Madrid, reports The Sun. The 28-year-old left White Hart Lane for a then world record £86 million fee in 2013, and has since helped Madrid claim three Champions League crowns plus last season's La Liga title. But...

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