Real Madrid's Gareth Bale hails 'great' victor, slams VAR

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale hails 'great' victor, slams VAR

Real Madrid's unwanted December distraction, a trip to FIFA's World Club Cup as Champions League winners, will continue according to script despite a scare on Wednesday in the United Arab Emirates.

Real fielded a full-strength side with the exception of the injured Sergio Ramos and made an explosive start, having five attempts on goal in the first 12 minutes.

The game became shrouded in confusion over Real's second disallowed goal, scored by Casemiro, which Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci first ruled out for offside against Karim Benzema, then awarded.

With the win Real Madrid go through to Saturday's final in which they will play Brazilian side Gremio.

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But Cristiano Ronaldo equalized early in the second half and Bale netted the victor less than a minute after replacing Karim Benzema.

And in the 81st minute, Gareth Bale scored the victor to send Madrid into the final where they will meet Brazilian side Gremio on Saturday.

Zidane said: 'It took about three or four minutes to reach a decision and it's not a pleasant experience.

"I don't like VAR to be honest", said Bale.

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The UAE team had the chance to take a shock 2-0 lead early in the second half after another mistake by Madrid's defence, which allowed two Al Jazira players to break into the area with only goalkeeper Keylor Navas to beat.

Things got even more surreal two minutes after half-time when Madrid were again caught with too many players up the field, and Ali Mabkhout teed up Boussoufa to tap home.

Madrid continued to dominate the proceedings, with Benzema denied by substitute keeper Khaled Al Senaani, and also twice striking a post from close range.

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