Real continued to dominate and Karim Benzema twice hit the woodwork before being replaced by Bale, who met Lucas Vazquez's cutback to roll the ball into the bottom corner in the 82nd minute and book the holder's place in Sunday's final against South American champion Gremio of Brazil. Zinedine Zidane's side are bidding to become the first team to successfully defend the Club World Cup while victory over Gremio would also equal Barcelona's record three triumphs in the competition. Real fielded a full-strength side with the exception of the injured Sergio Ramos and made an explosive start, having five attempts on goal in the first 12 minutes.
Loved being back on the pitch tonight, tough win but always good to grab a goal ⚽ pic.twitter.com/w9dxTsUKah— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) December 13, 2017
Al Jazira took the lead with their first attack as a slip from Casemiro allowed his compatriot Romarinho enter the area and produce a classy low finish beyond shell-shocked Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Real finally capitalised on their glut of chances when Ronaldo arrowed home a through ball from Modric past substitute goalkeeper Khalid al Senaani, who was beaten again by Bale.
Who else? ?Cristiano Ronaldo scores his 52nd goal of 2017 to bring Real Madrid level against Al Jazira. All the action live ? https://t.co/KSdeMaTpyH pic.twitter.com/K50Mzyzw1Z — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 13, 2017