Real Madrid vs. Gremio: Club World Cup 2017 Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistDecember 15, 2017

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 13:  Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Real Madrid and Mohamad Al Attas of Al Jazira compete for the ball during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 semi-final match between Al Jazira and Real Madrid  on December 13, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid survived a scare to reach the final of the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup as they came back from a goal down to beat Al Jazira 2-1 on Wednesday.

Gremio also only narrowly beat Pachuca in their semi-final, with an extra-time winner from substitute forward Everton earning the Brazilian outfit a 1-0 win.

It all sets up a potentially thrilling final on Saturday at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Read on for a preview of the clash along with scheduling and viewing details.

       

Date: Saturday, Dec. 16

Time: 5 p.m. GMT, midday ET

TV Info: FuboTV (U.S.)

Live Stream: Goal's Facebook page (UK)

          

Preview

Real Madrid can draw level with Barcelona as the most prolific winners of the Club World Cup if they claim their third title on Saturday.

They can also become the first team to win the competition in consecutive years having overcome Japan's Kashima Antlers in last year's final.

However, they will likely have to be more clinical against Gremio than they were against Al Jazira if they are to claim victory.

Al Jazira goalkeeper Ali Khasif had an excellent game against Los Blancos, but Real were also guilty of being wasteful in front of goal.

They went behind after 41 minutes, but second-half strikes from Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale turned the game on its head.

If Real can produce a performance like the one that saw them to a 5-0 victory over Sevilla last Saturday, there will be little chance for Gremio.

Los Blancos boast more quality in their squad than the 2017 Copa Libertadores champions and would get the better of most teams on the planet when playing at their best.

That is not to say Gremio do not have a chance, though.

Real have rarely been at their best this term and should they misfire again on Saturday, Gremio have the players to take advantage.

AL AIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 12:  Everton of  Gremio in action during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 semi-final match between Gremio FBPA and CF Pachuca  on December 12, 2017 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images
Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

They are missing key midfielder Arthur through injury, but Luan should cause Real's defence some problems, and Everton proved he is more than capable of moments of magic with his brilliant winner against Pachuca.

Real are strong favourites to win a third title, but it is likely to be a tightly fought encounter, and Gremio have quality enough in their ranks to prey on any shortcomings of the European champions.

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