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REAL MADRID DEFEATS GREMIO 1 - 0 | FIFA WORLD CLUBS CHAMPIONS 2017

Spanish Club REAL MADRID has defeated GREMIO PORTO ALEGRE 1 - 0 in the Final of the 2017 FIFA World Clubs Championships to repeat title. It´s the Spanish Clubs 5th mayor title for 2017 finishing the year off almost perfectly. This victory & title will give them a shot in the arm with confidence with the big Liga match up coming next Saturday against FC Barcelona.

Gremio Final 2017

The winner came from a tremendous free kick from Cristiano Ronaldo in the 53rd min. A free kick goal that was aided by the fact that the Gremio defenders left a gap in their wall, but it was a goal, and the winner.

final gremio 2017

The victory was deserved for Real Madrid which was superior throughout the whole game. Their only ongoing fault is the lack of effectiveness in-front of goal. The Spaniards had countless goal opportunities but failed to covert. If Real Madrid had been able to find the net the scoreline could have easily been 5 - 0. Modric even hit the post.

The other players of note were Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro & Gareth Bale, who came on the last 10 mins & nearly scored while showing pace. Good news for Real Madrid to see Bale coming back into form.


Luka Modric was outstanding & was given the "Golden Ball" for Best Player of the tournament. Cristiano Ronaldo received the "Silver Ball" as the second Best Player of the tournament & "Man of the Final". Sergio Ramos, believe it or not, ironically received the "Fair Play Award". 

Real Madrid CF

Congratulations to Gremio, they did their Best tonight but was out played by a better team on this particular night & occasion.

REAL MADRID DEFEATS AL JAZIRA 1 - 2 | AVOIDS THE SURPRISE

REAL MADRID defeated AL JAZIRA 1 - 2 in the semi-final of the FIFA Clubs World Championships. If you did not see the match the result is a attention grabber by the slim margen. Those who watched via the TV witnessed the possibility of a Historical upset that would have sent quakes around the Football World.

The modest Al Jazira team had one strategy, defend & send long balls & try their luck. Seems obvious for Real Madrid to counter this idea, but in their frenzy to score goals they left continuously enormous gaps in defence which allowed the "locals" to score & nearly pull off a surprise had their second goal not been given as offside.

Real Madrid - Al JAzira

It was a surreal match for Real Madrid, total control of the ball more than 20 shots at goal of which Al Jazira goalkeeper Ali Khaseif stopped at least 70% personally while his second half substitute Khalid Al Senaani did the rest. Amazing & unbelievable misses that frustrated the Spaniards & gave the locals goal opportunities with long balls. So much so that in the 40th min ROMARINHO scored for Al Jazira in a counter-attack. 

If this was not enough, Al Jazira scored again shortly after the start of the 2º half that was disallowed, & this would have opened the gates of a possible disaster for Real Madrid.

Al Jazira

Real Madrid regained composure & began looking for goals. Benzema hit the post twice, the bad luck this player is having this season with the goal is also unbelievable. Real Madrid began making changes bring out Lucas Vazquez, Asensio & Gareth Bale & gave the team more ideas, more penetration around the locals defensive wall & bite. 

CRISTIANO RONALDO scored the equalizer in the 54th min & in doing so broke another record in this competition as the all time highest goalscorer. GARETH BALE later got the winner in the 82nd min to assure a finals berth for his Club & avoid the surprise of the year. 

Real MAdrid

Real Madrid will meet Brazil Club Gremio de Porto Alegre in the Final next Saturday. The Spanish Clubs goes in with some serious thinking to be done in defensive duties & the needed to urgently solve their lack of effectiveness in front of goal. Sometime that they drag from La Liga.

Real Madrid has expired a sigh of relief , as they were close to the elimination tonight. 


UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST 16 TEAMS DRAW

The last 16 teams draw for the UEFA Champions League competition has been given with Spanish Clubs receiving "stiff" match ups. The most notable is Real Madrid - PSG, while FC Barcelona with clash it out with Chelsea FC. Sevilla FC also has a difficult match-up against Manchester United.

The key here is how the teams meet in their "state of form", specially physically. The games begin in February of 2018 & many times can happen beforehand, one being possible injuries to star players. 

What is assured is that "business end" of the competition begins & each encounter is a top level knock-out situation. A must win affair. 

UEFA Champions League


Summary:
Juventus FC - Tottenham Hotspurs
Basilea - Manchester City
Oporto - Liverpool FC
Sevilla FC - Manchester United
Real Madrid CF - Paris Saint Germain
Shakhtar Donestk - AS Roma
Chelsea FC - FC Barcelona
Bayern Munich - Besiktas

Dates:
Away leg - 3, 14, 20 & 21 of February 2018
Return leg - 6, 7, 13 & 14 of March 2018

EUROPA LEAGUE LAST 16 DRAW:

Last 16 teams 2018


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE | REAL MADRID | SEVILLA FC | RESULTS

UEFA Champions League continued tonight with Real Madrid & Sevilla FC in Group matches. Here is a brief summary of events, goalscorers & final results.

Champions League 2017

REAL MADRID was already through to the next stage of the competition, while BORUSSIA DORTMUND already "out" wanted to pull from pride & give an good image. In the end the Germans left with an excellent impression nearly surprising the locals in the result. Although Real Madrid won Borussia Dortmund 3 - 2 the Germans had chances to draw in the end. 

Good match with Real Madrid resting Marcelo, Modric, Kross & Benzema, while Borussia grew from a bad start as the match went on. Real Madrid was 2 - 0 up by the 12th min, but Dortmund had already equalized by the 48th min. Real Madrid managed to shake off the Germans who were persistent when Lucas Vazquez scored the winner late in the match. 

Observations, Cristiano Ronaldo scored making him the only player in Champions to score a goal in each of the Group games, while on the negative side Varane injuried himself. 

Goalscorers:
  • Borja Mayoral 8th min, 1 - 0
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 12th min, 2 - 0
  • Aubameyang 43rd min , 2 - 1
  • Aubameyang 48th min, 2 - 2
  • Lucas Vazquez 81st min, 3 - 2
Germans were very close to equalizing & demonstrated that their a good team which will be competitive in the Europa League competition.  

Champions

SEVILLA FC travelled to MARIBOR looking for a win or a draw. They managed a 1 - 1 draw result which gives the Spanish Club the second spot in their Group & the ticket onto the next phase of Champions League. 

Cold start for the Spaniards which began lifting their play in the second half. Perhaps the nerves or the solid local tactical set up was the cause. Sevilla FC managed to turn around the scoreline & grabbed the needed point.

Goalscorers:
  • Tavares 10th min, 1 - 0
  • Ganso 75th min, 1 - 1

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTS | ATLETICO MADRID SAYS GOODBYE | FC BARCELONA WINS

UEFA Champions League Group games tonight with two of the four Spanish Clubs down for action. Here is a brief summary of events, final results & goalscorers.

Chelsea vs At Madrid 2017

A "miracle" was needed if Atletico de Madrid was to qualify for the next phase of Champions League. One, the Spanish Club needed a victory against Chelsea FC, & two a draw or a loss by AC Roma against Qarabag. Neither occured. 

The final result of a 1 - 1 draw knocked out Atletico from Champions League & put them into the Europa League. As mentioned,  a "miracle" was needed. 

The Spanish Club tried their best to find the victory with a SAUL goal header in the 56th min & multiple goal savers from Atletico goalkeeper Oblak, who was outstanding. However, Chelsea drew in the 75th with a Hazard play that Atletico defender Savic made into an own goal. 

AC Roma won their match 1 - 0 against Qarabag

Bye Atletico!

FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona had their participation in the next stage of Champions League assured & left Messi on the bench. In the end FC Barcelona 2 - Sporting Portugal 2. With the "two goals" from PACO ALCACER in the 59th min & in the 90+ min of the match (own goal Mathieu).

Relatively comfortable match for Barça at "half pace" with moments going to Sporting with some chances that were solved by the local defence & Barça goalie Cillessen.

Tomorrow Spanish Football Clubs Real Madrid & Sevilla FC are scheduled for their Group matches


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