Real Madrid qualified for FIFA Club World Cup
The UAE Champions Al Jazira pulled off a surprise by beating both Auckland City and Urawa Red Diamonds to make it through to the Semi-finals, while the European Champions Real Madrid received a bye into the Semi-finals, in search of their third Club World Cup title.
The European Champions were made to earn their win in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday by the spirited UAE Champions Al Jazira. The host took the lead in the first half but Ronaldo and Bale struck in the second half to send Real into the Saturday finals against Gremio.
Zidane fielded a strong team with Ronaldo, Modric, Isco, Marcelo and Benzema in the starting eleven while Al Jazira made a solitary change on the left wing.