Morocco (Sporting Alert) – Real Madrid hammered Cruz Azul 4-0 in their FIFA Club World Cup semi-final on Tuesday at Stade de Marrakech.
The Spanish leaders book their place into Saturday’s final win the victory, but there were no goals from Cristiano Ronaldo. Auckland City and San Lorenzo will meet in the other semi-final on Wednesday, with the winner playing against the UEFA Champions League title holders.
Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Isco were the scorers on the night for the La Liga side, which secured it 21st successive win in all competition.
Ramos opened the scoring for Real Madrid in the 16th minute when he headed home a cross by Toni Kroos past José Corona in the Cruz Azul goal from close range.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side then took a 2-0 lead in the 36 minute when striker Benzema ghosted into the box unmarked before firing home from a cross by Daniel Carvajal.
Four minutes later Cruz Azul were given a glorious chance to pull a goal back from the penalty spot after Mariano Pavone was fouled in the box by Ramos.
However, the resulting spot kick by Gerardo Torrado was saved by Spanish skipper Iker Casillas, much to the disappointment of the Mexican side.
As expected, Real Madrid made their opponents pay in the second half for missing their chances by scoring two more goals.
Isco and Ronaldo combined down the left flank to set Bale up for the team’s third which the Wales star headed home into an empty net.
The former Manchester United winger Ronaldo provided again – this time setting up Isco for the fourth goal, which the Spanish international cleverly took after dancing his way inside the box and fired past the keeper.