Sunday, 26 March, 2023

Real beat Hilal to win record fifth Club World Cup

Real beat Hilal to win record fifth Club World Cup
Real Madrid's players celebrate with the trophy at the end of the FIFA Club World Cup final football match between Real Madrid and Al-Hilal at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat on Saturday. – AFP Photo

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Real Madrid lifted the Club World Cup for a record fifth time with a pulsating 5-3 win over Al Hilal on Saturday in Morocco.

Vinicius Junior and FedeValverde struck twice each, while Karim Benzema also scored on his return from injury in Madrid's spectacular victory over their Saudi Arabian opponents.

Madrid's emphatic triumph at Rabat's Prince MoulayAbdellah stadium secured their second piece of silverware of the season, after winning the European Super Cup in August.

Madrid also won three Intercontinental Cups in 1960, 1998 and 2002 -- a match between European and South American champions, which merged with the Club World Cup in 2005.

"We are very happy, for the eighth time Madrid are champions of the world, it was what we had to do," Ancelotti told Telecinco.