Real Madrid could face Aukland City in Club World Cup prize defence

Rio Ferdinand visited Cristiano Ronaldo during home to forward of a launch of his new Nike boots.

Real Madrid will face New Zealand side Auckland City, Abu Dhabi’s Al Jazira or a a Asian Champions League leader in a Club World Cup semifinals.

Madrid are aiming to turn a initial group to win back-to-back Club World Cups, carrying already done story by maintaining a Champions League prize final season.

The pull for a competition, that takes place in Abu Dhabi, was done on Monday.

Host group Al Jazira face Auckland in a opening diversion on Dec. 6, with a leader confronting a Asian Champions League leader in a quarterfinals. Madrid enter in a semifinals, to be played on Dec. 13.

CONCACAF champions Pachuca, of Mexico, will take on a African Champions League winners in a final eight.

The final will take place during a Zayed Sports City International Stadium on Dec. 16.

In final year’s final, played in Japan, Madrid came from behind to better Kashima Antlers 4-2 after additional time, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a shawl trick.

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football author who covers La Liga and a Spain inhabitant group for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan

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