Bayern Munich cruise to Club World Cup title
What most fans, coaches and supporters the world over had long maintained has now been confirmed: FC Bayern München are officially the world’s best club team. The Bavarians made it trophy no. 5 in 2013 alone on Saturday night by beating Raja Casablanca 2-0 in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco, and are now the kings of the world, as well as the kings of Europe, following victory in the UEFA Champions League final back in May.
Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League winners Bayern were huge favourites coming into the match against Raja, who qualified on the basis of being the best team from the host country.
Raja had the home fans on their side, and they had beaten three FIFA confederation winners on their way to the final, but the difference in quality between the two teams was evident from the very start. And in the seventh minute, central defender Dante cleaned up after a corner kick to put Bayern ahead.
A quarter of an hour later, David Alaba pulled the ball back for Thiago to hammer home from the edge of the penalty area.
With a 2-0 lead at their backs, Munich began to showboat and nearly paid for their over-confidence. In minute 38, Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer passed straight to Chemsiddine Chtibi, but the Moroccan spurned the open goal.
After the break, Bayern seemed to forget they were engaged in a competitive football match. Xherdan Shaqiri rattled the crossbar once, but otherwise Munich were fairly polite guests and merely defended their 2-0 lead.
They even invited Mouhcine Metouali to have a wide-open go from close range in the dying minutes, but he barely kept the ball in the stadium. So 2-0 was the final score, and Bayern acquired a last bit of silverware to take with them into their winter vacation.