MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – Real Madrid won the Club World Cup for the first time when they beat South American champions San Lorenzo 2-0 thanks to Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale in a bad-tempered final on Saturday.
Real scored either side of halftime as the European champions, given by fanatical support by most of the crowd, also clocked up their 22nd successive win in all competitions.
San Lorenzo did well to restrict Real to a couple of chances in the opening half hour only for their resistance to be broken at a corner when Ramos outjumped the defence in the 37th minute to break the deadlock eight minutes before the interval.
Ramos had already been booked along with Daniel Carvajal as Real got drawn into a scrap by the Argentine side who, despite their limited firepower, were clearly not going to go quietly.
Bale increased Real’s lead in the 51st when he was left unmarked to collect Isco’s pass and goalkeeper Torrico allowed the Welshman’s weak shot to slip under his arm.
Real keeper Iker Casillas had to wait until the 65th minute to be tested for the first time when he saved a low diagonal effort from Emanuel Mas.
He then made more difficult stops to deny Juan Mercier and Enzo Kalinski although Real also missed several chances to score a third on the break.
Real had previously won the old Intercontinental Cup three times, with their last triumph coming in 2002.