Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 500th club goal as Real Madrid defeated Mexican side Club America 2-0 in Thursday’s Club World Cup semifinal at the International Stadium Yokohama.
Madrid had most of the possession and chances throughout the game — with Benzema and Ronaldo scoring in added time at the end of each half to ensure Madrid’s progress to Sunday’s final against Japanese side Kashima Antlers.
Ronaldo coming close a number of times in the first half, including when his 20 yard volley was parried away by America goalkeeper, Moises Munoz, but it was Benzema who broke the deadlock just before half-time when he expertly finished after being freed by Toni Kroos’ precise through-ball.
Recently crowned 2016 Ballon d’Or winner, Ronaldo missed another couple of straightforward chances after the break, heading away from an open goal at one point.
He however got on the scoresheet in the 93rd minute by breaking clear and shooting past Munoz for a goal confirmed after Venezuelan referee, Enrique Caceres checked for offside using FIFA’s new pitch side video technology.
The Portuguese, who joined the club in 2009 for a then-world record fee of £80 million, has netted his 500 goals from just 689 matches.
His 377th for Real Madrid came from 367 games and he also scored 118 goals in 292 for Manchester United, and five in 31 for Sporting Lisbon.
America battled hard throughout, without ever testing Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, in what was a relatively low-tempo 90 minutes.
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