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Real Madrid celebrates winning the Club World Cup final soccer match against San Lorenzo at Marrakesh stadium December 20, 2014

Real Madrid celebrates winning the Club World Cup final soccer match against San Lorenzo at Marrakesh stadium December 20, 2014

Real Madrid celebrates winning the Club World Cup final soccer match against San Lorenzo at Marrakesh stadium December 20, 2014

Real Madrid outclassed San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 in the Club World Cup final to put a crown on their status as the best club in world football.

The cup added to Madrid's 2014 trophy haul of Champions League, Copa del Rey, and European Super Cup, and it will carry a 22-game winning streak into 2015.

Sergio Ramos made the breakthrough, leaping up and heading in Toni Kroos' sweetly stuck corner after 37 minutes. Ramos also got Madrid off the mark in its 4-0 victory over CONCACAF champion Cruz Azul in the semi-finals.

Loosely marked in the area, Gareth Bale doubled Madrid's lead early in the second half. The South American champion's goalkeeper, Sebastian Torrico, should have done better with Bale's left-footed shot, which bobbled under his body.

This was Madrid's fourth world club championship, first in the Club World Cup format, and its last competitive match of 2014.

Madrid dominated the often bitty, scrappy, and at times ill-tempered final in Marrakech's Grand Stade. If San Lorenzo's most famous fan, Pope Francis, wasn't watching on television, then he didn't miss a classic.

In Madrid's ongoing streak of 22 wins, a Spanish record, Madrid has scored 81 goals and let in just 10.

Although he didn't score in two games in Marrakech - almost a goal-drought for him - Cristiano Ronaldo nevertheless netted a total of 61 for Madrid and Portugal in 2014 - not far shy of his 69 in 2013, and 63 in 2012. Although off-target in Morocco, Ronaldo's unrelenting consistency this year could again secure him the Ballon d'Or as world's best player on January 12.

San Lorenzo might have pulled one back late on as Juan Mercier's long-range drive brought a fine diving save out of Iker Casillas, but the Spaniards never looked in trouble as they closed out the game in comfort.

Earlier Auckland City from New Zealand won the third-place play-off, beating Mexicans Cruz Azul on penalties after a 1-1 draw.


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