Saturday 11 February 2023, 22:25

Vinicius and Valverde dazzle as five-star Madrid conquer

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  • Real Madrid beat Al Hilal 5-3 in the Morocco 2022 final

  • Vinicius Junior and Federico Valverde both scored doubles

  • The result extended Madrid's record number of crowns to five

Real Madrid produced an exhilarating display to defeat Al Hilal 5-3 and lift a record-extending fifth FIFA Club World Cup™. Vinicius Junior got two goals and an assist in the final, with Federico Valverde also bagging a brace. Vinicius, who broke the deadlock in the second semi-final, did so again in the decider. Karim Benzema played a one-two with Luka Modric, before threading a first-time pass through to Vinicius, who slotted it home. Valverde, also on target against Al Ahly, then doubled the lead, only for Moussa Marega to seal a wonderful team move and halve the deficit.

Madrid really turned it on after the restart. An exquisite, outside-of-the-boot cross from Vinicius gifted Benzema a tap-in that amplified their advantage, before Valverde made it 4-1. Luciano Vietto dinked it over Andriy Lunin to reduce the deficit, which was swiftly restored when Vinicius curled home from inside the box. Still, however, Al Hilal refused to throw in the towel, with Vietto's third goal of the tournament pulling them within two. Marega then volleyed wide when he had the goal at his mercy as Al Hilal sought to set up a grandstand finale, but that was to prove the Saudis' final chance as Real saw out a memorable victory, to send home the majority of the 44,000+ crowd in Rabat happy. Watch the highlights now on FIFA+

The stat

4.28 Morocco 2022 produced 4.28 goals per game – a new record. The previous one was 4.13 at UAE 2018.