2018 FIFA Club World Cup Final

2018 FIFA Club World Cup Final
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The Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi hosted the final.
Event2018 FIFA Club World Cup
Date22 December 2018 (2018-12-22)
VenueZayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Man of the MatchMarcos Llorente (Real Madrid)[1]
RefereeJair Marrufo (United States)[2]
Attendance40,696[1]
WeatherClear night
22 °C (72 °F)
65% humidity[2]
2017

The 2018 FIFA Club World Cup Final was the final match of the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup, an international club football tournament hosted by the United Arab Emirates. It was the 15th final of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised tournament between the winner clubs from each of the six continental confederations, as well as the league winner from the host nation.

The final was contested between Spanish club and defending champions Real Madrid (who won the last two editions of the competition), representing UEFA as the reigning champions of the UEFA Champions League, and Emirati club Al-Ain, representing the host nation as the reigning champions of the UAE Pro-League.[3] The match was played at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 22 December 2018.[4]

Real Madrid won the final 4–1 for their third consecutive and fourth overall FIFA Club World Cup title, breaking the tie with Barcelona to become the outright record winners of the competition.[5]

Teams

In the following table, finals until 2005 were in the FIFA Club World Championship era, since 2006 were in the FIFA Club World Cup era.

Team Confederation Qualification for tournament Previous club world championship finals
(bold indicates winners)
Spain Real Madrid UEFA Winners of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League IC: 5 (1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002)
FCWC: 3 (2014, 2016, 2017)
United Arab Emirates Al-Ain AFC (Hosts) Winners of the 2017–18 UAE Pro-League None

Note: On 27 October 2017, FIFA officially recognised all the champions of the Intercontinental Cup as club world champions, in equal status to the FIFA Club World Cup.[6]

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