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Bale slams VAR after Club World Cup win

Bale slams VAR after Club World Cup win

Benzema was jeered off against Al Jazira after he squandered several chances, his replacement Gareth Bale going on to score Madrid's victor in a 2-1 victory with his first touch, but Zidane made it clear he would stand by his fellow Frenchman.

After holding out in the early part of the game, Al-Jazira took a surprise lead in the 41st minute through Romarinho after the Video Assistant Referee had cancelled out a Real Madrid goal.

CR7 didn't quite manage it - allowing Bale to claim the goal and regain his status as Real Madrid's big-match hero.

Real will go for their fifth trophy of the year when they face Brazilian side Gremio on Saturday. Real Madrid ended Al Jazira's adventure in the tournament.

Achraf Hakimi committed to a tackle but lost out, leaving Al-Jazira with two players heading through clean on goal.

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Earlier, Al Jazira produced a scintillating performance to give Spanish giants Real Madrid a scare in the second semi-final.

However, this time VAR came to Madrid's rescue as Mbark Boussoufa was offside by the finest of margins before slotting home.

Madrid were back on level terms thanks to star forward Cristiano Ronaldo who struck in the 53rd minute.

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.


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