Real Madrid 4-2 Kashima Antlers: FT summary
Real Madrid sealed the Club World Cup and their 37th game without being beaten as Cristiano Ronaldo came up trumps for yet another big game. The Ballon d'Or winner was poor for the opening half but a penalty seemed to turn his confidence and he ended the game with a hat-trick. After Benzema gave them the lead, Shibasaki responded on the stroke of half-time and gave the Japanese side the lead after the break. That was before Vazquez was fouled in the penalty area and Ronaldo duly slotted home.
Kashima battled Real Madrid every step of the way despite being huge underdogs and could have won it late on but Endo's sliced shot went wide of Keylor Navas' post.
There was also some controversy just before that regarding the referee as he appeared to fish around in his pocket for a card after Sergio Ramos took down a Kashima player that would have been his second yellow, but he decided against it and the game continued 11 versus 11.
In extra-time, it was Ronaldo who would settle it, however, as he scored twice in the first period of extra-time to give himself the hat-trick and Real Madrid their fifth world club title.