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Real Madrid prepares to contest Club World Cup in Japan

AP , Monday 12 Dec 2016
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Real Madrid players run during a training session at Mitsuzawa stadium in Yokohama on December 12, 2016 ahead of their Club World Cup football match against Club America of Mexico on December 15. (AFP)
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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says his team is in good shape despite a 13-hour flight to Japan for the Club World Cup.

Madrid arrived in Tokyo at 5 a.m. and the team was greeted by about 300 Japanese fans at Haneda airport before boarding a team bus.

The Spanish club held a light training session Monday evening and has a couple of days to overcome jet lag before Thursday's semifinal match against Mexican team Club America.

Madrid set a club record after a 35th consecutive match without a loss by beating Deportivo La Coruna 3-2 on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric did not play Saturday. Gareth Bale is recovering from a foot injury.

European teams have been the most successful in the tournament, with eight titles.

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