Kashima Antlers vs. Real Madrid - Football Match Report

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale celebrates a goal with team mates

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Kashima almost took the lead inside two minutes as Serginho tried his luck from the left side of the penalty area, but it was superbly tipped behind by Thibaut Courtois.

"But I can play on the right, on the left or in the centre".

Having missed Madrid's last two games with an ankle injury, Bale was withdrawn after an hour to keep him fit for Saturday's final against hosts Al Ain, who joined Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo as the others to score a hat trick in the current Club World Cup format.

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Guardiola and Mourinho clashed six times in Manchester derbies, with City winning three and United prevailing twice. They are 11 points adrift of the final Champions League qualifying spot now occupied by fourth-placed Chelsea .

Bale, whose brace gave Real victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final back in May, completed his treble just two minutes later.

Benzema could have added a fourth during the closing stages only to fire wide after latching onto Isco's pass, but Real were still able to comfortably see out the remaining minutes to stay on course for their fourth triumph in this competition. We knew that it would be a hard game against a team that's going to make it hard for us. "That happens every day." .

Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari says he is not concerned by speculation linking Jose Mourinho with his job after the Portuguese was sacked by Manchester United. Solari said at a Club World Cup press conference in Abu Dhabi. I feel the same as when I arrived here to work as a coach, and further back as a player.

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"And with more reason to those who have been a part of this club and have given us joys and have given the maximum so that this club does well".

"We are all expecting this kind of performance from him every Sunday, every Wednesday - every time we play", Solari said. "Today it all went perfectly, but because he was committed before". It was great to core three goals but the vital thing for me is to get my team into the final. "Then we scored and with the second goal we could manage the game".

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But we need to do better in our balance defensively, and our hard work now is this. We need to improve and also we need to continue doing our way in our process.

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