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Real Madrid secured their third successive Club World Cup title as they defeated Al Ain 4-1 in Saturday’s final in Abu Dhabi.

Luka Modric opened the scoring in the 14th minute, the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner curling a delightful shot past goalkeeper Khalid Eisa.

Marcos Llorente then produced a fine finish of his own on the hour mark for his first ever Real Madrid goal, firing in a low strike after the ball came to him following a Toni Kroos corner.

Skipper Sergio Ramos added a 79th-minute header from Modric’s cross, seven minutes before the United Arab Emirates champions registered a consolation through Tsukasa Shiotani.

Gareth Bale scored an 11-minute hat-trick to see-off Kashima Antlers 3-1 and put Real Madrid into Saturday’s World Club Cup final.

The man for all finals has now scored six goals in the World Club Cup – only Cristiano Ronaldo with seven has scored more in the tournament’s history.

Real Madrid play Al Ain FC and if Bale picks up a winners’ medal it will be his 12th in five years at the club – his third World Club Cup to go with four Champions Leagues.

Just when it seems that Barcelona’s transfer plans have been thwarted by a lack of funds, the club somehow finds a Chinese club willing to massively overplay for one of their players.

Barcelona have a history of negotiating with Chinese clubs, having bought Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande, before selling him back for €50m.

Now the La Liga leaders are said to be pondering over the sale of forward Malcom following a €65m offer from an unnamed China club.

Good Champions League Draw For Spanish Clubs

Barcelona and Real Madrid can have no complaints after the Champions League Round of 16 draw was made, but Atletico Madrid will fell hard-done as they will play Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The draw is cruel on Atletico because if there is one player even more determined to reach the showpiece game next May in the Spanish capital than their own players it is Ronaldo who would see it as his grand vindication after leaving Real Madrid last summer.

But Atletico spokesman Clement Villaverde said: ‘If you want to get to the final you have to compete with the best. Let’s see what shape the two teams are in come February.

Four Spanish clubs have learned their fate for the last 32 draw of this season’s Europa League following Monday’s draw in Nyom.

Sevilla – who have won the competition a record five times, with all coming from 2006 onwards – will face Italian giants Lazio while city rivals Real Betis take on Rennes of France.

Valencia, who dropped down into the competition from the Champions League, have been paired with Glasgow Celtic and Villarreal will face Sporting CP.

The first legs will be played on 14 February, and the second legs will be played on 21 February 2019.

Sevilla Fans Protest Potential Sale Of Club

Sevilla supporters have once again protested against the potential sale of the club with demonstrations before their game against Girona, just as they did before they played Krasnodar in the Europa League on Thursday night.

According to Football Espana that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is close to completing an acquisition of the La Liga side.

The ‘Unite for Sevilla’ initiative, which represents the fans and is composed of minority shareholders, various supporters clubs and members, made their feelings known prior to kick-off.

“We reject any possible sale of our club to a foreign investment fund by the majority shareholders and board of directors of our team,” they said.

Real Madrid Leave For Club World Cup

Real Madrid’s squad set off for the Club World Cup as they gear up for Wednesday’s semi-final against Japanese side Kashima Antlers.

Santiago Solari’s side quickly put Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano behind them as they boarded their private plane to the United Arab Emirates.

Madrid face Antlers for the second time in three seasons, having beaten them 4-2 after extra time in the 2016 Club World Cup final.

Tournament hosts Al Ain and Copa Libertadores champions River Plate are the other sides left in the competition.

Copa del Rey Last 16 Draw

The Copa del Rey last-16 draw has thrown Real Madrid against Leganes, who beat the Spanish giants in last season’s competition.

The Madrid clubs were drawn as opponents in the tournament’s round of 16 on Thursday.

Leganes eliminated Real Madrid in the quarter-finals last year: Real won the first leg 1-0 away, but Leganes stunned Los Blancos with a 2-1 second-leg victory at the Bernabeu to progress on away goals.

Real Madrid’s Director de Institucional Relations Emilio Butragueño gave his thoughts on the Copa del Rey Last 16 draw saying:

No Excuses From Solari

In a historic defeat for Real Madrid, Santiago Solari recognised that his side were very poor as they lost 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu to CSKA Moscow, while also stating that the whistles directed towards Isco were rather directed towards the overall team.

Madrid had already secured qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League before kick-off and CSKA had to better Viktoria Plzen’sresult to secure Europa League football, though the Czech’s beat Roma 2-1.

“We were not forceful in the rival area, nor ours,” Solari said when asked about the overall match.

“In the second half, all of us were bad.”

Real Madrid’s Season Goes From Bad To Worse

Real Madrid suffered their biggest ever home defeat in Europe as they were thrashed by CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. Real Madrid lost 3-0 to CSKA Moscow, losing to the Russians for the second time in the group stages.

With the defeat, it is the biggest defeat that Madrid has ever experienced at home in the Champions League.

Madrid’s last loss at home in the group stage of the Champions League was against AC Milan in the 09/10 season as the Italians won 3-2.