Bayern beat Raja to win Club World Cup, 5th trophy
Bayern Munich capped the greatest year in club history by
beating Raja Casablanca 2-0 to win its third Club World Cup on
The European champions added a record fifth title to their
trophy cabinet at the tournament of continental champions to go
with the Champions League, Bundesliga, German Cup, and European
Super Cup triumphs in 2013.
Dante scored early to deflate the Moroccan hosts at Marrakech
Stadium, and Thiago Alcantara put the Bavarian side in command with
his 22nd-minute goal.
Unheralded Raja, which beat Copa Libertadores champion Atletico
Mineiro in the semifinals, used its speed on the break and came
close to scoring but ultimately couldn’t keep up with the German
”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 on Saturday.
With King Mohammed VI of Morocco amid the majority of 37,747
spectators cheering for Raja, the Moroccan club just couldn’t
muster enough to break through against Bayern’s deep squad of
Guardiola made three changes to the team that dismissed
Guangzhou Evergrande of China 3-0 in the semifinals, with Dante
replacing slow-footed central defender Daniel van Buyten to pace
Raja’s speedy forwards, who were especially dangerous on the
Dante made an immediate impact as the Brazil international
gathered teammate Jerome Boateng’s headed corner inside the box to
blast it past helpless goalkeeper Khalid Askri seven minutes after
Raja’s defense erred by playing Dante onside to score, and it
was again scrambling in the 22nd as David Alaba laid a pass onto
Thiago’s run into the area to sidefoot a powerful shot beyond
Raja coach Faouzi Benzarti bemoaned the team’s having to play
four games to Bayern’s two, leaving them fatigued, and nerves also
played a factor with the King in attendance.
”It is the greatest team in the world with the greatest coach.
We believed in our means but we were not lucky today,” said
Benzarti, who guided the club in its second appearance of the
competition and first since 2000. ”We were not aggressive enough.
And we were playing giants.”
With the crowd – and a nation, really – behind them, the hosts
did not wilt and came close to breaking through.
Forward Mouhssine Iajour, who was instrumental in the upset of
Atletico, had several opportunities as Raja found space on the
break, and Abdellah Hafidi got an unlucky bounce in the 38th as he
nearly caught goalkeeper Manuel Neuer out after a poor
As Bayern slacked, Raja pressed with Neuer making several saves
against a team without a single Morocco international before
Mohsine Moutaouli sent his shot high over the empty goal near the
Guardiola, who replaced Jupp Heynckes in the summer following
the first three title wins, improved his overall record to 6-1 in
one-game finals while earning his 16th trophy since beginning his
coaching career in 2008.
”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.”
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.
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