Ronaldo Hat Trick Leads Real Madrid to Club World Cup Title

Yokohama, Rabi’I 19, 1438, Dec 18, 2016, SPA — Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick on Sunday as European champion Real Madrid claimed its second Club World Cup title by beating Japanese side Kashima Antlers 4-2 after extra time.
With the score at 2-2 after normal time, Ronaldo received a pass from Karim Benzema in the 98th minute and calmly fired under Kashima goalkeeper Hitoshi Sogahata to make it 3-2.
The Portuguese star then sealed the win six minutes later with a left-footed shot to the roof of the net.
Benzema scored Madrid’s first goal in the ninth minute of the final, pouncing on a rebound off Luka Modric’s volley that was palmed away by Sogahata.
Gaku Shibasaki equalized in the final minute of the first half and put his team ahead seven minutes after the break when he evaded three defenders on the edge of the box and fired a left-footed strike past an outstretched Keylor Navas.
Kashima defender Shuto Yamamoto took Lucas Vazquez down in the box on the hour mark and Ronaldo leveled the score at 2-2 with the resulting penalty kick, AP reported.
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19:41 LOCAL TIME 16:41 GMT