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Real Madrid vs San Lorenzo, FIFA Club World Cup: Madrid win yet another trophy! (2-0)

It wasn't easy, but Real Madrid overcame the feisty San Lorenzo to win their fourth trophy of 2014.

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Real Madrid were able to win their 22nd consecutive match in all competitions and their fourth trophy of a fantastic year against a clearly inferior San Lorenzo team, who tried everything they could to win the match including fouling, play-acting and putting 11 men behind the ball.

After the first 30 minutes of the match one could be forgiven for thinking that San Lorenzo might actually have a decent chance of becoming champions. They were frustrating Madrid and stopped them from playing between the lines. No real chances were being created despite Los Blancos' superiority in possession.

Yet eventually, despite the rough play coming from the Argentinian side, Real managed to surge ahead thanks to yet another towering header from Sergio Ramos assisted by Toni Kroos. In the last match recap, Lucas Navarrete wrote; "Ramos has a tendency to score important goals, and he will surely like to keep it going next Saturday in the World Cup final." Well, Ramos did just that!

After the first goal the San Lorenzo team kept their defensive shape well and continued not to afford Madrid many chances. The referee who was eventually chosen to referee the match was notably very card happy and it was surprising to see nobody sent off in this hot-tempered game. However, Marcelo did pick up an injury just before half-time and had to be substituted for Fabio Coentrao and that was about it for the first half.

Shortly after the break, Madrid scored their second and final goal of the game as after some good build up and offensive pressing, Isco slipped a smart pass through the defence for Gareth Bale to score from. It was a poor shot but due to the goalkeeper's error it managed to cross the line and find the back of the net. From then on it was pretty much game over as Real coasted to victory and were rarely troubled in defence aside from a few shots from distance which Casillas did well to parry away.

Notably, Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score for the 2nd successive game which perhaps is a result of playing nearly every game this season. I'm sure all of the players will be glad to have a couple of weeks rest before facing off against Valencia on January 4th for their next competitive match in La Liga. All in all, another decent victory and another trophy for this wonderful Real Madrid squad. Hala Madrid!

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