Western Sydney Wanderers were just a minute from a glamour Club World Cup clash against Real Madrid before they slumped to a 3-1 extra-time defeat to Cruz Azul, finishing their quarter-final with nine men.
Carlo Ancelotti`s record-breaking Real Madrid side are sweeping aside all before them with a brand of counter-attacking football that could see the Spanish giants eclipse the achievements of Pep Guardiola`s Barcelona.
Real Madrid made it six wins out of six in Champions League Group B and set a Spanish record for consecutive victories when a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty set them on the way to a 4-0 success at home to 10-man Ludogorets on Tuesday.
An injury to playmaker James Rodriguez could prompt Real Madrid to dip into the transfer market next month and they are interested in Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva among others, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday.
Spain`s professional league (LFP) has moved to show it is serious about tackling violence and abuse by vowing to report Real Madrid fans who sang insulting chants about Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and the Catalan club.
A Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid can set a new Spanish record of 19 straight victories when they take on Ludogorets Razgrad on Tuesday with first place in Champions League Group B already assured.