Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the second goal against Club America. Photo: Reuters
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the second goal against Club America. Photo: Reuters

By Andah John

Real Madrid have now gone 36 games unbeaten after subduing Club America 2-0 to reach the Fifa Club World Cup final.

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The European champions will now take on Asian side Kashima Antlers in the final of the tournament.

Striker Karim Benzema put Madrid in front with a cut-back finish after a Toni Kroos pass.

Cristiano Ronaldo ensured victory for the Los Blancos and a place in Sunday’s final when he drilled a second in time added on.

Confusion over goal

But the goal came in a mix of some confusion. This happened when referee Enrique Caceres briefly asked for a video assistant consultation before allowing the goal to stand.

The 2016 Club World Cup is the first to use video assistant referees.  The tournament offers a pitchside monitor for referees to review decisions.

But Caceres did not view the incident on the monitor. He instead restarted the game and awarded the goal.

It was, however different in the other semi-final as referee Viktor Kassai stopped the game after being alerted to an incident by his assistant.

He then viewed footage on a monitor and gave a penalty to Kashima Antlers in their 3-0 win over Atletico Nacional.

The Club World Cup is a competition among champion clubs from each of Fifa’s six confederations.

Plane crash victims remembered

A minute silence was observed at the Yokohama Stadium, before Madrid’s match began.

It was a tribute to the victims of the air crash on 28 November that killed 71 people, including 19 players and staff of Brazilian team Chapecoense.