MARRAKECH: Real Madrid became world champions for the fourth time in their history after beating Argentina’s San Lorenzo in the FIFA Club World Cup final in Morocco.

Madrid, holders already of the Champions League, Spanish Cup and European Supercup holders took command through a Sergio Ramos header and secured victory with a second by Gareth Bale when his shot slipped under the body of keeper Sebastian Torrico.

This was a record-extending 22nd consecutive win in all competitions for Madrid who were first winners of the original World Club Cup back in 1960.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti had signalled Real’s intent at capturing another piece of silverware by sending out his strongest line-up and they took the lead after a corner conceded by Torrico to a shot from Bale. Ramos headed home Toni Kroos’s corner.

Comfortable Casillas

Real Madrid midfielders Kroos and Isco expertly dictated play and when the latter found Bale his shot went under the body of Torrico.

South American champions San Lorenzo struggled to make any impact on the match and Madrid keeper Iker Casillas – making his 700th appearance for the club – enjoyed a quiet game. He was only ever stretched to save by Emmanuel Mas and Juan Mercier.

Earlier, Auckland City from New Zealand won the third-place play-off after beating Mexican side Cruz Azul on penalties after a 1-1 draw.