Real Madrid land in Abu Dhabi for Fifa Club World Cup

The European and Spanish champions are due to train on Monday as they begin preparations for Wednesday's match with Al Jazira at Zayed Sports City.

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 09: Cristiano Ronaldo (L) of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their second goal with teammate Marco Asensio (R) during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Sevilla FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 9, 2017 in Madrid, Spain . (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Real Madrid have arrived in Abu Dhabi to begin their defence of the Fifa Club World Cup.

The European and Spanish champions flew into the UAE capital on Sunday night to begin preparations for their semi-final with Al Jazira on Wednesday night at Zayed Sports City.

The club posted a video on their Twitter account of the squad, led by manager Zinedine Zidane and players including Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, disembarking the Emirates plane they had flown on.

They are scheduled to train in Abu Dhabi both today and tomorrow before they go up against the Arabian Gulf League champions for a place in Saturday's final.


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Zidane's side are the last of the seven sides in the competition to have arrived in the UAE.

They were in action in the Primera Liga on Saturday as they defeated Sevilla 5-0, with Ronaldo on the scoresheet twice.

Real are looking to become the first side in the tournament's history to retain the Club World Cup, having won it 12 months ago in Japan.

The first semi-final takes place on Tuesday in Al Ain as Gremio go up against Pachuca.