Luka Modric, Marcos Llorente, Sergio Ramos and a Yahia Nader own goal earned Real Madrid victor over Al Ain in Abu Dhabi.
River Plate salvaged third place but the overarching theme of the Club World Cup remains that South American football isn't nearly what it once was.
Marcos Llorente again made the most of his start with a fine goal -- his first for Madrid -- and plenty of effort in their Club World Cup win.
Real Madrid have won the past three editions of the tournament and moved ahead of Barcelona as the team to have won it the most times.
MLS-bound Gonzalo Martinez scored twice as River Plate secured third place in the Club World Cup with a 4-0 win against Kashima Antlers.
A group of River supporters took the 18 hour flight from Buenos Aires to the United Arab Emirates only to find out their team had lost.
Gareth Bale scored a hat trick as Real Madrid beat Kamisha Antlers 3-1 on Wednesday and advanced to their third straight Club World Cup final.
Real Madrid advanced to the Club World Cup final without much fuss, Gareth Bale firing a hat trick in quick succession against Kashima Antlers.
Gareth Bale said he had nothing to prove to anybody after his hat trick in Wednesday's 3-1 victory over Kashima Antlers in the Club World Cup.
The Club World Cup once inevitably culminated in a final between South America and Europe. That is no longer, River Plate being the latest proof.
Al Ain beat River Plate 5-4 on penalties to reach the Club World Cup final after their last-four clash finished 2-2 after 90 minutes and extra time.
Nine-man Esperance, of Tunisia, beat Mexico's Chivas Guadalajara 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw to claim fifth place at the Club World Cup,
Madrid's entire squad flew out Sunday to the UAE to begin preparation for a tournament they have won in three of the last four years.
Host side Al Ain upset African champions Esperance of Tunisia 3-0 on Saturday to reach the semi-finals of the Club World Cup.
Defender Mohamed Ahmad put Al-Ain in front two minutes into the quarterfinal, getting on to the end of a cross from Rayan Yaslem.
Japan's Kashima Antlers recovered from a goal down to beat Mexico's Chivas Guadalajara 3-2 in their Club World Cup quarterfinal in the UAE.
Since winning the CONCACAF Champions League, Chivas have gone downhill, but a Club World Cup semifinal date with Real Madrid would change that.
Al Ain came back from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Team Wellington and then won 4-3 on penalties in a dramatic match at the Club World Cup.
A task force set up to examine FIFA president Gianni Infantino's plans for a new Club World Cup and a Global Nations League held its first meeting.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino had hoped to secure an agreement from the council on the concept of revamping the Club World Cup.
UEFA will walk out of Friday's FIFA Council meeting and boycott proceedings if FIFA president Gianni Infantino forces a vote on new competitions.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino will put forward plans to introduce the new competitions at a ruling council meeting in Rwanda on Friday.
European champions Real Madrid have won the last three Club World Cups with Zinedine Zidane as their manager.
The UEFA president says FIFA would have created problems of "good governance" by accepting a $25 billion offer.