Heroic Al Jazira fall just short of causing stunning upset

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Cue Gareth Bale. Coming on the 80th minute, just seconds later he put Real Madrid 2-1 ahead with a low finish inside the box.

Romarinho had fired the minnows into an unexpected lead despite Los Blancos enjoying all of the play in the first half.

Holders Real Madrid prevented what would have been a major shock as they came from a goal down to beat home team Al-Jazira 2-1 in the second semi-final of the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday.

However, all was not lost for Real, who fought back through Cristiano Ronaldo.

Brazil's Gremio defeated Mexico's Pachuca 1-0 in extra time to advance to the Club World Cup final on Tuesday.

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Of the prospect of winning a fifth trophy this year, he added: "I don't think (this would be the club's best year) because Real Madrid is a big club, but it motivates me and all the players".

Zidane's squad travelled fresh from a 5-0 win against Sevilla in La Liga at the weekend and the coach indicated that both Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane could be involved in the game, which kicks off at 9pm local time (1700 GMT) at the Zayed Sports City Stadium.

The previous record of five was jointly held by Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Cesar Delgado.

"I like that there are no injuries, it is a good sign, a sign that we are all together and that the squad is very good".

"It will be a complicated game because there's no such thing as an easy game, as we proved against Al Jazira".

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