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Real Madrid Go 37 Games Unbeaten On Way To Winning Club World Cup

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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - DECEMBER 18: Players of Real Madrid celebrate winning the FIFA Club World Cup final match between Real Madrid and Kashima Antlers at International Stadium Yokohama on December 18, 2016 in Yokohama, Japan. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

A Karim Benzema goal and a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick saw Real Madrid become the FIFA Club World Cup Champions and reach an incredible 37 games unbeaten run in the meantime by beating Japanese outfit Kashima Antlers in the final in Yokohama.

The scoreline actually flattered the eventual winners who scored two in extra-time against a brave Kashima Antlers who worked tirelessly with the excellent support from their fans that filled the International Stadium.

Benzema gave Los Blancos the lead on ten minutes by following up a Lucas Vasquez effort that was saved smartly. The Frenchman was superb all evening and was a pivotal part of Madrid’s success alongside a starring Luka Modric.

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Gaku Shibasaki struck twice for Kashima, giving the Japanese side a shock lead early in the second half.

The 24-year-old put in a leading performance that inspired his plucky team to keep digging deep against the European champions and will be sure to have caught the attentions of the coaches and presidents of coaches worldwide with his stunning effort.

Ronaldo soon restored order for Madrid by lashing home a penalty won by the impressive Lucas Vasquez.

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As the game edged towards minute ninety, the Antlers looked like the most likely to find a winner and Zinedine Zidane’s team were handed a real let off after Sergio Ramos committed a foul on halfway to stop a breakaway and when Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe sprinted over reaching for his pocket, the inevitable looked likely.

Upon realising the Madrid captain had already been booked, Sikazwe changed his mind and waved away the protests from the men in red and black. It was a real hit to the young Japanese club, both mentally and physically.

Early in extra-time, Cristiano Ronaldo bagged Madrid’s third and a deflated Kashima looked dejected but battled on nonetheless.

A fine Keylor Navas save and the crossbar came to the rescue for Madrid before Ronaldo blasted home his hat-trick after a mishit Benzema effort.

Regardless of the opponents, 37 games unbeaten is no mean feat by Real Madrid; who are unbeaten in any competition since April.

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