Kasima Antlers put up a spectacular fight against Real Madrid but failed to win the Club World Cup final.
The effort put in by Kashima was put into perspective by the fact that they are the first ever Asian side to reach the Club World Cup final.
Karim Benzema put Real Madrid ahead after the Kashima keeper had parried a Luka Modric shot.
Kashima Antlers turned the game around with goals either side of half-time from Gaku Shibasaki.
Then came the Cristiano Ronaldo show, with the Portuguese superstar becoming just the second player ever to score a hat-trick in the Club World Cup final.
Two of Ronaldo’s goals came in extra time after Sergio Ramos had somehow escaped a second booking when he clearly should have been sent off.