Four trophies in a calendar year is not a decent haul for any club in the world, even the mighty Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti‘s side lifted its fourth major trophy on Saturday as the UEFA Champions League winners knocked off 2014 Copa Libertadores winners San Lorenzo, 2-0, in the final of the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup.
Sergio Ramos opened the scoring for the Spanish giants with a powerful header in the 37th minute. Toni Kroos‘s corner kick service made its way to the top of the six-yard box where the Spaniard outleapt a pack of San Lorenzo defenders to put his head on the end of the dangerous ball.
Gareth Bale doubled Real’s lead six minutes after halftime when San Lorenzo goalkeeper Sebastian Alberto Torrico made a mess of the Welshman’s tame effort from 15 yards out. Isco slotted a through ball to put Bale behind the San Lorenzo defense. His left-footed shot didn’t look all that difficult for the ‘keeper to handle, but Torrico couldn’t get to ground quickly enough to smother the effort as the ball deflected off his body and into the back of the net.
Saturday’s triumph, the club’s 22nd-straight victory across all competitions, also marks the fourth trophy Los Merengues have won in 18 short months under Ancelotti, who took over for Jose Mourinho in June 2013. Real currently hold a one-point lead in La Liga (with a game in-hand), the only major trophy Ancelotti is yet to win with the club.
Oceania Champions League winners Auckland City (New Zealand) were victorious in the third-place game of the Club World Cup earlier on Saturday, outlasting Mexican powerhouse and CONCACAF Champions League winners Cruz Azul, 1-1 (4-2 on penalties). Ryan de Vries put Auckland City ahead just before halftime before Joao Rojas pulled Cruz Azul back onto level terms 12 minutes into the second half.