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Gareth Bale's on goal trail as Real Madrid cruise into final

By Robert Jones

Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid ease into the final of the Club World Cup after a comfortable win over Cruz Azul at the Le Grand Stade de Marrakech in Morocco.

The Welshman combined with Cristiano Ronaldo in the second half to score a fine goal to seal a comfortable victory for the European champions.

Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Isco also found the net as the Spanish giants threatened to run riot. The only surprise was that Ronaldo did not make the scoresheet. Maybe he is saving his strikes for the decider!

Real dominated possession and after Benzema hit the post, Ramos gave Los Blancos a 15th minute lead, nodding home a Toni Kroos cross.

Seven minutes before the break Real went two up after Daniel Carvajal did well down the right before playing in Benzema who powered home.

A minute later Azul missed a golden chance to pull one back after Ramos brought down Mariano Pavone in the box, but Gerardo Torrado's penalty was well saved by Iker Casillas, who dived to his right to push the ball to safety.

Bale made the game safe just five minutes into the second half heading in Ronaldo's cross.

Pablo Barrera smashed an effort on to the post from just outside the area for Cruz Azul, but Real were cruising and a jinking run from Isco ended with the forward smashing a shot into the corner of the net on 72 minutes. Madrid will face the winner of San Lorenzo versus Auckland City FC.

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