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Real Madrid Are ‘More of a Team’ by Gareth Bale

Real Madrid could be without Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema when they meet Japan’s Kashima Antlers in the semi-finals of the World Club Cup in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Wales’ Bale missed the weekend win over Rayo Vallecano with an ankle injury, while France striker Benzema limped off with a leg problem. Real are chasing a third straight title having beaten the Antlers in the 2016 final and Brazil’s Gremio last year.

Wednesday’s kick-off is at 16:30 GMT. The Antlers, the Asian Champions League winners, progressed after beating Concacaf Champions League winners Guadalajara in the previous round. Copa Libertadores champions River Plate face hosts Al Ain in the other semi-final on Tuesday (kick-off 16:30 GMT). The played in the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

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