Reinvigorated by a thrashing in the classic against Sevilla, Real Madrid opens this Wednesday, December 13, their fight to reach the achievement of another world title, the second in a row. Starting at 3pm, he will face Al-Jazeera at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in the second semi-final of the FIFA Club World Cup.
The recent performance of Real Madrid
Current champions of the tournament, Real Madrid was the last team to land in the United Arab Emirates. Only went to the country after defeating on Saturday, December 9, Seville, by 5 to 0, in match by the fifteenth round of the Spanish Championship.
On the leaderboard, the victory did not have much effect. With 31 points (nine wins, four draws and two losses) Real remain in the fourth position of the 2017/2018 La Liga season. The difference for Barcelona, the leader, was also maintained in eight points, as the rival defeated Villarreal by 2 to 0, in the day of number 15. However, the convincing performance served to reduce the volume of criticisms that were being made to the Champions League double champion.
However, what really drew attention to the eve of the duel was the draw of the clashes of the last 16 of the 2017/2018 season of the most important club competition in the Old Continent. Real will face Paris Saint-Germain in February, another favorite team to take the title.
As the duel is still far, the classic against Barcelona is another game that shares the attention of the fans, technical staff and Real players. It’s scheduled for December 23.
This, in a way, takes a little attention from the athletes at the Interclub World Cup. This, however, has not meant much in recent seasons. For several times Real Madrid oscillated in the competitions, but at the time of decisive matches showed its strength.
Without losing eight games (five wins and three draws), the team led by coach Zinedine Zidane had his medical department largely emptied, which increases the options for the coach. Of the starting team, only two athletes are doubtful. Defender Raphael Varane (nine Spanish 2017/2018 games without a goal) and Welshman Gareth Bale (five games, two goals) are in the infirmary.
The current form of Al-Jazira
Al-Jazeera are already in profit in the Interclub World Cup. Participating in the competition just for being the most recent champion of the first division of the host country, the club has already held two matches. In the first, by the round of 16, he overcame Auckland of New Zealand, the champion of Oceania. The goal was scored by the Brazilian striker Romarinho, former Corinthians.
Despite the victory, the United Arab Emirates team showed great technical limitations. He was less in possession of the ball (40% to 60%), made less than a third of finishing attempts in comparison with the rival (5 to 17) sending only two on target (against seven of Auckland). Abused the fouls (22) to stop the game and manage the advantage achieved with the goal at 38 minutes of the first stage. He counted on the complacency of the referee, which showed four yellow cards for the locals, but left the red in his pocket.
In the quarterfinals, his victim was Urawa Red Diamonds, Japan, winner of the Asian Champions League. Not only the score was repeated, but also the story of the game. The UAE club was dominated most of the time, had less possession of the ball (35% to 65%), attempted fewer shots on goal (5 to 10), but counted with more efficiency in the finalization. Two of his finals attempts were on target, even the number of the rival. One came in. Ali Ahmed Mabkhout scored with Romarinho’s assist.
Al Jazeera reached the Arab Emirates Championship title 2016/2017 with 68 points (22 wins, two draws and two losses). They were 11 more than Al Wasl, runner-up. He also presented the best attack (72 goals) and the least leak defense (15 goals) of the tournament.
In the current season, failed to maintain the standard of performance. With 16 points (four wins, four draws and two losses), it ranks fourth. They are six points less than Al Wasl, the leader.
Divided between the local tournament and the Gulf Cup, Al-Jazeera has not lost 11 matches. It was seven wins and four draws since the start of the series on 6 October.
History of the matches between Real Madrid and Al-Jazira
This will be the first match between teams.
There is not much room for risk guesses in the duel. Al-Jazeera is already doing ‘overtime’ in the competition. The Real is the big favorite and best bet to guess. It has a price of 1.08 in Rivalo. Tie pays 10.00 for 1 and success of the locations allows the multiplication by 30.00 of the capital invested.