FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018™
December 12 - December 22

FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018™

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Real Madrid make history in unexpected final

  • Real Madrid lift the FIFA Club World Cup title for a fourth time

  • Gareth Bale wins adidas Golden Boot

  • Al Ain finish as surprise runners-up

Real Madrid won the FIFA Club World Cup for a third consecutive time and fourth overall to overtake Spanish arch-rivals Barcelona as the competition's record titleholders.

Santiago Solari's charges overcame surprise package Al Ain in the final, with the local side throwing everything forward in their dream match-up. Hussein Elshahat and goalkeeper Khalid Eisa, in particular, gave Madrid an early scare before Los Blancos' dashed the underdogs' hopes of causing an upset.

Nevertheless, the runners-up can leave with their heads held high. After qualifying for UAE 2018 as domestic champions, they beat Team Wellington, Esperance de Tunis and River Plate to unexpectedly reach the title-decider.

Eisa was the hero, as they came back from 3-0 down to win on penalties against the New Zealanders, before posting a convincing 3-0 triumph over the African champions. Al Ain even took the lead against the Copa Libertadores winners in the semi-finals and ended up forcing the game into extra time and penalties, where Eisa once again proved decisive.

Disappointments

Having been crowned kings of South America, River Plate travelled to Abu Dhabi hoping to end the year on a high note, only to be frustrated by Al Ain. Marcelo Gallardo’s men ultimately had to settle for a bronze medal after beating a brave Kashima Antlers side 4-0. Gonzalo Martinez struck a brace, his stunning second goal a worthy way to bid farewell to Los Millonarios.

Following defeat to Al Ain, African champions Esperance secured fifth place, thanks to a penalty shoot-out victory over CONCACAF Champions League holders CD Guadalajara.

Chivas returned home disappointed after going ahead early on in both of their games, only to throw the lead away each time.

UAE 2018 in black and white

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 Santiago Solari holds the FIFA Club World Cup trophy

Santiago Solari, Manager of Real Madrid holds the FIFA Club World Cup Trophy following the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Final between Al Ain and Real Madrid at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

We interviewed...

  • Marcos Llorente, continuing the family saga

  • Santos Borre, adidas Bronze Ball

  • Marcus Berg on Al Ain's achievement

  • Ahmed's pride at making history

  • Santiago Solari: “I love this competition"

  • Quintero, the Colombian revolution

  • Luka Modric's spectacular year

Final standings

  1. Real Madrid

  2. Al Ain

  3. River Plate

  4. Kashima Antlers

  5. Esperance de Tunis

  6. CD Guadalajara

  7. Team Wellington

Stadiums

  • Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi

  • Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain

Goals scored

  • 33 (4.1 per game)

Top scorers:

  • Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) - 3 goals

  • Rafael Santos Borre (River Plate) - 3 goals

  • Gonzalo Martinez (River Plate) - 2 goals

Awards:

  • adidas Golden Ball: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

  • adidas Silver Ball: Caio (Al Ain)

  • adidas Bronze Ball: Rafael Santos Borre (River Plate)

  • FIFA Fair Play Award: Real Madrid

MATCHES

Tournament News

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Santiago Solari, Manager of Real Madrid holds the FIFA Club World Cup Trophy following the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Final between Al Ain and Real Madrid at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Real Madrid lift the trophy after the FIFA World Club Cup final between Al Ain and Real Madrid on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid CF holds the Real Madrid's badge at the tunnel prior to the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Final between Al Ain and Real Madrid at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 22:  Real Madrid lift the FIFA Club World Cup trophy following the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Final between Al Ain and Real Madrid at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 22: Luka Modric of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his tea's first goal during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Final between Al Ain and Real Madrid at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 22: Luka Modric of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with his team mates during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Final between Al Ain and Real Madrid at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 22:  Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid is shown a yellow card by referee Jair Marrufo during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Final between Al Ain and Real Madrid at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 22:  Bruno Zuculini of River Plate celebrates with team mates after scoring his team's first goal during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 3rd Place match between River Plate and Kashima Antlers at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 22:  A general view inside the River Plate changing room prior to the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 3rd Place match between River Plate and Kashima Antler at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 22:  A general view inside the Kashima Antlers changing room prior to the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 3rd Place match between River Plate and Kashima Antler at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 22:  Marcelo Gallardo, Manager of River Plate arrives at the stadium prior to the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 3rd Place match between River Plate and Kashima Antler at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 19: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid scores the opening goal during the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final match between Kashima Antlers and Real Madrid at Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 19, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 19: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid celebrates with Casemiro of Real Madrid after scoring their second goal during the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final match between Kashima Antlers and Real Madrid at Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 19, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 19: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid celebrates scoring the third goal and his hat-trick with Marcelo of Real Madrid during the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final match between Kashima Antlers and Real Madrid at Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 19, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 19: Santiago Solari, Manager of Real Madrid looks on during the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final match between Kashima Antlers and Real Madrid at Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 19, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
AL AIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 18:  Rafael Santos Borre of River Plate scores his team's first goal during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Semi Final Match between River Plate and Al Ain at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on December 18, 2018 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
AL AIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 18:  General view inside the Al Ain dressing room prior to the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Semi Final Match between River Plate and Al Ain at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on December 18, 2018 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
AL AIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 18:  General view inside the Al Ain dressing room prior to the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Semi Final Match between River Plate and Al Ain at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on December 18, 2018 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
AL AIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 18:  General view inside the Al Ain dressing room prior to the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Semi Final Match between River Plate and Al Ain at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on December 18, 2018 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Tournament News

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Copa Mundial de Clubes de la FIFA EAU 2018

Real Madrid CF 4-1Al Ain (UAE 2018)

21 Dec 2019

Real Madrid lift the trophy after the FIFA World Club Cup final between Al Ain and Real Madrid on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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UAE 2018 Rewind

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Real Madrid v Al Ain FC - MATCH 8

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Real Madrid 4-1 Al Ain (UAE 2018)

22 Dec 2018

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 22:  Bruno Zuculini of River Plate celebrates with team mates after scoring his team's first goal during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 3rd Place match between River Plate and Kashima Antlers at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Copa Mundial de Clubes de la FIFA EAU 2018

Kashima Antlers 0-4 River Plate (UAE 2018)

22 Dec 2018

Kashima Antlers v Real Madrid - MATCH 6

Copa Mundial de Clubes de la FIFA EAU 2018

Kashima Antlers 1-3 Real Madrid (UAE 2018)

19 Dec 2018