Bayern beats Raja to win Club World Cup
Bayern Munich capped the greatest year in club history by
beating Raja Casablanca 2-0 Saturday for its first Club World
The European champion added a record fifth title to its trophy
cabinet at the tournament of continental champions to go with the
Champions League, Bundesliga, German Cup, and European Super Cup
”I think we knew how to approach each game and that was key,”
said coach Pep Guardiola, who won the event for the third time,
including twice before with Barcelona. ”The first 25 minutes we
played very well. After that we forgot to attack.”
Bayern won the first of two Intercontinental Cups – the
forerunner to this event – exactly 37 years ago.
Dante scored early to deflate the Moroccan hosts at Marrakech
Stadium, and Thiago Alcantara put the Bavarians in command with his
Raja, which beat Copa Libertadores champion Atletico Mineiro in
the semifinals, used its speed on the break and came close to
scoring but couldn’t keep up with the German champions and their
deep lineup of international players.
”It is the greatest team in the world with the greatest coach.
We believed in our means but we were not lucky today,” Raja coach
Faouzi Benzarti said. ”We were not aggressive enough. And we were
Earlier, 10-man Atletico beat Asian champion Guangzhou 3-2 to
finish third. Luan scored a stoppage time winner following
Ronaldinho’s 88th-minute red card.
Guardiola, who replaced Jupp Heynckes in the summer following
the first three title wins, improved his overall record to 6-1 in
”This title belongs to Jupp. I just tried to keep alive
everything he did,” Guardiola said. ”You can’t compare these
triumphs, they’re all different.”
Raja was cheered by a crowd of 37,747 that included King
Mohammed VI of Morocco, but it couldn’t muster enough to break
Guardiola made three changes to the team that defeated Guangzhou
Evergrande of China 3-0 in the semifinals, with Dante replacing
slow-footed central defender Daniel van Buyten to keep up with
Raja’s speedy forwards.
Dante made an immediate impact as the Brazil international
gathered teammate Jerome Boateng’s headed corner inside the box to
blast it past goalkeeper Khalid Askri seven minutes after the
Raja’s defense was again scrambling in the 22nd when David Alaba
laid a pass onto Thiago’s run into the area to sidefoot a powerful
shot beyond Askri.
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