Benzema, Bale lead Real Madrid to CWC final with win over Cruz Azul

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Goals from Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid coast to a 4-0 victory over Cruz Azul of Mexico on Tuesday and a place in the final of the Club World Cup.

Sergio Ramos and Benzema made it 2-0 at halftime, with further strikes from Bale and Francisco "Isco" Alarcon putting the result beyond doubt after the break.

Madrid's opponents in Saturday's final will be either South American champion San Lorenzo of Argentina or Auckland City, a New Zealand team of amateurs and semi-pros that is the Oceania champion. They play the second semifinal on Wednesday, also in the Grand Stade de Marrakech.

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