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Al Ain - Match Report & Highlights

Al Ain - Match Report & Highlights”

It was a record fourth triumph in this competition for Real, with them surpassing LaLiga rivals Barcelona's tally of three wins, as boss Santiago Solari celebrated his first trophy in management.

Modric, victor of the Ballon d'Or, World Cup Golden Ball and FIFA's The Best Men's Player prize, scored his first Madrid goal since January to start the rout.

Madrid substitute Vinicius Jr. burst through in stoppage an fired in a shot which defender Yahia Nader diverted into his own net. "It's my first for the senior team, and what could be better than in this final". We scored several goals.

Al Ain started brightly and came close to taking a shock lead when Sweden global striker Marcus Berg could only prod the ball into the gloves of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Luka Modric curled home the opening goal from the edge of the area after Karim Benzema's lay-off.

It was also his first goal in a final for Madrid and the Croatia worldwide suggested he might go for goal on a more regular basis after his unerring 25-yard finish.

Solari isn't long in the job at Real Madrid, but has already put his name to some silverware with what he will hope to be a building block for future success.

But the Emiratis hung on and could have levelled when Rayan Yaslam Mohamad Al Jaberi could only slice a shot out of play for a throw-in.

Real's captain, Sergio Ramos, then grabbed his side's third goal with a powerful header following a corner before Al Ain, who shocked South American champions River Plate in the semi-finals, scored a late consolation goal through Japanese defender Tsukasa Shiotani.



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