While some other fans were watching their teams play in the domestic cups like Copa del Rey or FA Cup, Real Madrid fans had the privilege to watch their side in the FIFA Club World Cup against a Cruz Azul team that did not make things as easy as some were expecting. Still, in the end, Ancelotti's men were able to wrap things up and finish the game 4-0.
The first half did not start all that well for Los Blancos, sharing the ball with Cruz Azul and not controlling the tempo of the game. When Ramos scored the opening goal in the 15th minute, there was a sense of relief around Real's bench. Ramos has a tendency to score important goals, and he will surely like to keep it going next Saturday in the World Cup Final. Shortly after he notched up the 1-0, Cruz Azul then tried to regain the control of the ball, and it worked for a while until Carvajal decided to take things on his own and assist Karim Benzema for Real Madrid's 2-0 lead.
But just when everybody thought the match was already over, Ramos was whistled for a penalty in the 40th minute. Casillas, who saved a crucial penalty-kick from Almería last Friday, stepped up to the plate and saved Cruz Azul's first goal. Had it gone in, Real Madrid would have entered the dressing room with a short 2-1 lead. Luckily enough for Ancelotti and his teammates, Casillas is regaining his form after a shaky start to the 2014-2015 season that raised some questions around his role.
Real Madrid played much better throughout the second half, and it wasn't long until Gareth Bale put the 0-3 up in the scoreboard off a good Cristiano Ronaldo assist. Ronaldo did not score, so he will surely be looking forward to get at least one goal next Saturday.
Isco made Real's lead even bigger after a spectacular individual play and a shot to the near post. Isco is performing at a very good level this season, but his form has declined a little lately. Until he recovers his usual quality, Real Madrid fans will surely feel confident about Isco's scoring form.
After Real's fourth goal, Ancelotti made some rotations and introduced Khedira and Jesé. One could have expected some minutes for Chicharito, but the Italian coach thought otherwise and decided to continue with Jesé and Khedira's recovery process.
His team will play the FIFA Club World Cup Final this next Saturday against either San Lorenzo or Auckland City, who play the second Semifinal this Wednesday.