Real Madrid capture fourth title of 2014 as they triumph in the Club World Cup final
South America champions San Lorenzo faced Real Madrid in Morocco showdown
But Real roll out 2-0 winners over the club from Argentina
Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale score a goal in each half to seal the win
Real Madrid wrapped up a fantastic four titles in 2014 as they captured the Club World Cup crown, Saturday.
It’s been a glittering 12 months for the Spanish giants, who had already won the European Champions League, European Super Cup and the Copa del Rey before arriving in Morocco for the intercontinental club competition.
Real were pitted against South American champions San Lorenzo in the Club World Cup final.
The Argentine side are relative minnows compared to Madrid’s galaxy of superstars, which includes Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.
At least San Lorenzo could count on the prayers of lifelong fan Pope Francis going into the showdown in Marrakesh.
There was, however, to be no divine intervention for the club from Buenos Aires on a sultry winter night under Moroccan skies.
Real Madrid took the lead when Sergio Ramos nodded in Toni Kroos’s corner after 37 minutes.
Gareth Bale added a second goal, slotting Isco’s pass beyond San Lorenzo keeper Sebastian Torrico, after the break.
San Lorenzo’s experienced midfielder Juan Mercier tested Madrid Iker Casillas with a stinging shot late on but Real strolled to their final silverware of the year with a comfortable 2-0 victory.
Real Madrid are now unbeaten in 22 matches in all competitions and will return in the new year leading the Spanish league and aiming to defend their Champions League crown.
Earlier, Auckland City claimed third place at the Club World Cup after defeating Mexico’s Cruz Azul 4-2 in a penalty shootout.
The New Zealand club became the first Oceania team to win a medal at the tournament.