Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Cristiano Ronaldo provides injury update ahead of crucial Barcelona game

Cristiano Ronaldo provides injury update ahead of crucial Barcelona game

Real will go for their fifth trophy of the year when they face Brazilian side Gremio on Saturday.

Madrid scored five in the first half against Sevilla on Saturday and could easily have had another handful but for some exceptional goalkeeping from Ali Khaseif.

"What I want is to win and if it's possible to score and help the team win this cup". In his 1st minutes of the game, he got a pass from Lucas Vazquez and took his first shot. Ronaldo is the leading scorer in Club World Cup history with six goals.

He has played only 11 matches with Madrid this season because of lingering muscle problems.

"That's our objective", Bale said.

The Champions League holders continued to press early in the second half.

Brazilian referee Sandro Meira Ricci initially disallowed the goal, then said it counted and carried the ball back toward the centre circle for the restart, only to eventually rule it out again after requesting a video review.

In 65th and 69th minutes of the game, Karim Benzema made a couple of shots but that were hitted by the post.

The hero for Madrid was Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo whose 53rd minute goal was enough to clinch the title for Madrid.

"I think the balance sheet is very good".

After missing out at the weekend, Casemiro and Isco are expected to feature on Wednesday when Real take on local side Al Jazira, who have already dealt with Oceania's Auckland City and Asian champions Urawa Red Diamonds to reach the last four. Mbark Boussoufa scored, but a video review later showed that he was just offside when he received the pass from his teammate.

The strike was also Ronaldo's 31st goal in worldwide competitions in 2017, with 20 of those coming for Real and another 11 with Portugal.

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