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Real Madrid cruise into Club World Cup final after dominant win

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Gareth Bale scored his third goal in as many matches last night as Real Madrid cruised into the Club World Cup final with a 4-0 victory over Mexican side, Cruz Azul. 

Carlo Ancelotti fielded a very strong line-up, which included Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco in the attacking positions, as well as the Wales forward. 

And it only took Madrid fifteen minutes to take the lead; through the unlikely source of defender Sergio Ramos, who powered in a header from Toni Kroos' cross. 

GOALS KEEP FLOWING FOR BALE AND MADRID

Benzema added his fourteenth goal in all competitions this season, when he powered a close range effort into the net to give his side a 2-0 lead in the 36th minute. 

Bale ended any potential chance of a comeback five minutes into the second half, when he headed Ronaldo's cross past Jesus Corona from close range, scoring yet another header. 

And Isco added to the convincing victory with fifteen minutes remaining, weaving in and out of the Cruz Azul defence before cooly slotting into the bottom corner.

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SUPERB CASILLAS

Iker Casillas prevented the Mexican side from getting back into the match five minutes before the break, when he guessed correct, diving right to save Gerardo Torrardo's spot-kick.

It was Casillas' second penalty save this week, following his fine effort to stop a Verza penalty as Madrid beat Almeria 4-1 on Friday night. 

The Spanish stopper is enjoying a fine run in form this season, following a number of patchy spells during the last few seasons which have seen him dropped on numerous occasions. 

RONALDO FAILS TO SCORE FOR A CHANGE

It was a surprise for everyone not to see Ronaldo's name on the scoresheet in the rampant victory, with the Portuguese forward having scored an unbelievable 32 goals already this season. 

The 29-year-old had a number of chances to notch his 33rd of the season, including a cheeky Rabona effort that almost caught Corona off guard. 

However, it was not to be for Ronaldo on the goalscoring front (for a change). He did set up both second-half goals though, which made sure Ancelotti's men progressed to Saturday's final - where they will play the winner of San Lorenzo and Auckland City.

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