Solari hails 'sensational' Bale as Real Madrid reaches final again

Gareth Bale scored a superb hat-trick against Kashima Antlers on Wednesday, earning him praise from his Real Madrid boss.

Gareth Bale's hat-trick sent Real Madrid into the FIFA Club World Cup final.   -  Getty Images

Santiago Solari lauded Gareth Bale's performance after the Wales international scored a hat-trick to send Real Madrid through to the Club World Cup final. 

Bale turned on the style against AFC Champions League winner Kashima Antlers on Wednesday, with his goals securing a 3-1 victory for Madrid to set up a clash with Al Ain. 

And Solari praised Bale - who found the net twice in the Spanish side's Champions League final win over Liverpool back in May - for consistently delivering in the big moments. 

"I'm happy for the three goals scored by Bale and for the solidity and consistency of the team," Solari told a news conference. 

"Bale has taken everything, the spotlight, the stage, the goal. He had a sensational match, he has shown what he is and what he is capable of. 

"In the end, the last person responsible for a performance is always the footballer. 

"Gareth has given great joy to Madrid and has been decisive in very important moments, which is the most important part of football. What dominates football is goals and Bale scores them."

Madrid is aiming to secure its fourth Club World Cup title, and a third successive win, and Solari was delighted with his side's intensity in its semifinal fixture.

"We played as if it was the final," he added.

"And I am sure that on Saturday we will do the same or better because it is the real final and we want to finish the year with another prize that would be a third consecutive Club World Cup."