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Gareth Bale's victor saves Real Madrid from humiliation against Al Jazira

Gareth Bale's victor saves Real Madrid from humiliation against Al Jazira

And Ronaldo was in the mood to justify his own hype with a decisive goal in Wednesday's Club World Cup semi-final against Al Jazira, hauling his side level after they had surprisingly fallen behind.

A stunning performance saw the Pride of Abu Dhabi lead the UEFA Champions League champions 1-0 at half-time, in a display that will have won them fans the world over.

A better advert for VAR came when a second "goal" for Al Jazira was disallowed for offside.

Despite the 2-1 defeat, Al Jazira have pulled firmly on the nation's heart strings, and over 36,000 fans packed into the Zayed Sports City stadium to witness UAE football history.

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The match began in a dramatic style as the hosts Al Jazira managed to keep a clean slate till the 31st minute. Substitutes: Khaled Al Senaani (for Khaseif, 51) 7, Eissa Mohamed (for Khalifa, 60) 6, Ahmed Rabia (for Al Hosani, 72) 6.Real Madrid: Keylor Navas 6, Marcelo 7, Raphael Varane 6, Nacho 6, Achraf Hakimi 6, Casemiro 6, Mateo Kovacic 6, Luka Modric 6, Isco 7, Cristiano Ronaldo 7, Karim Benzema 7.

"It is a very important tournament for us", the Portuguese forward said. We aim to also support and help nurture sporting excellence and create local sporting heroes who participate and succeed on the worldwide stage.

The UEFA Champions League winners managed to see out the closing stages with relative ease as they booked their spot in the final and are now on course to defend the title they won previous year.

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