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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

Extra Time podcast: Al Jazira face Real Madrid for a place in the Club World Cup final

Steve Luckings, John McAuley and Graham Caygill discuss the biggest club match to ever take place in the UAE

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo runs with the ball during a training session at New York University Abu Dhabi's training campus ahead of the Fifa Club World Cup semi-final against Al Jazira. Giuseppe Cacace / AFP
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo runs with the ball during a training session at New York University Abu Dhabi's training campus ahead of the Fifa Club World Cup semi-final against Al Jazira. Giuseppe Cacace / AFP

Al Jazira, two-time champions of the Arabian Gulf League, face off against 33-time champions of Spain, 12-time champions of Europe and the reigning, defending champions of the world Real Madrid for the chance to contest the Fifa Club World Cup final.

Can Henk ten Cate’s side pull off another shock and stop Real’s bid to become the first team to defend the trophy? The Dutchman is sweating on the fitness of star striker Ali Mabkhout ahead of the biggest game of club football to ever take place in the UAE.

Meanwhile the Copa Libertadores winners Gremio will be in action for the first time as they face Mexican club Pachuca on Tuesday for the right to contest Saturday’s final.

Joining Steve Luckings in the studio are sports reporter John McAuley, who was at Zayed Sports City on Saturday to see Jazira book their place in the last four with a win over Urawa Red Diamonds, and sports editor Graham Caygill.