Bale's 11-minute hat-trick sinks Kashima Antlers

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Gareth Bale fired Real Madrid into a record-equalling fourth Club World Cup final with a stunning hat-trick in Wednesday's 3-1 victory over Kashima Antlers in Abu Dhabi.

Gareth Bale was on fire for Real Madrid in this encounter scoring three goals and thereby becoming the third player to score a Club World Cup hat-trick.

Reports from the Spanish press suggest that Jose Mourinho's unemployment may be a brief one, as Real Madrid president Florentino Perez eyes the Portuguese to be the man to oversee a complete overhaul at the Bernabeu.

Kashima nearly made a dream start inside two minutes with a close-range shot from Serginho that was saved by Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

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The Wales worldwide squeezed Madrid's opening goal past Kashima Antlers goalkeeper Kwoun Sun-tae shortly before half-time and pounced on a defensive mix-up after the break to score again, with his third goal soon after putting the result beyond doubt in the second semi-final.

"I have the maximum admiration and respect for all my fellow coaches, especially those who have been at this club and given us joy", Solari said. Whether he returns to Madrid is not up to me.

Mourinho's last spell at Real Madrid was often punctuated by off-the-field incidents, such as public rows with senior players like Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas.

"Today everything was flawless for him; but he can achieve this because he was committed before".

He added: "It's great to score, but the most important thing is to help the team and reach the final". "Even at the start, when Kashima played with a lot of rhythm, we were able to control that and dominate the game".