German giants Bayern Munich FC defeated Moroccan side Raja Casablanca 2-0 at the Marrakech stadium to win their first FIFA Clubs World Cup championship. The UEFA champions had no real problem controlling the tournament’s “Cinderella” squad. After 90 minutes of play Bayern had earned more silverware for their 2013 trophy case.
“Five trophies in a year is massive success for FC Bayern,” Coach Pep Guardiola said. “I’m delighted for the club and very proud of the players and the supporters. Now we have a two-week break, after which we’ll come back and take the upcoming challenges in our stride. We’re happy with what we’ve achieved but we’re already looking forward.”
Bayern took control of the game from the beginning getting on the board in the 7th minute of play with a goal from Dante. Defender Jerome Boateng headed the ball to Dante who received the ball with his back to the keeper. On first touch he spun and fired past Khalid Askri to put the UEFA champions on the board 1-0.
The German squad was the boss on the pitch controlling the pace of the game. In the 22nd minute they doubled their score. David Alaba moved past the defense on the left wing and passed to Spanish international Thiago at the top of the box 18 yards out. Thiago hammered the ball hitting the far corner of Askri’s net. It looked like the Germans would exhibit the local squad at this point in the game.
Despite being down 2-0, Raja continued to play their game, managing to put together plays from time to time. But Bayern was too much for the Moroccan champions and easily turned the ball back to their advantage. Raja was not an easy opponent and in the final minutes of the match were close to putting the “honor” goal on the board. But the Moroccan squad could not define their shots and would not break the net.
“It was clear to my players that they would need to give it everything to win this tournament,” Guardiola added. “We played well in the first 25 minutes, but after that we put them under less pressure and created too few opportunities.”
Bayern Munich becomes the fifth European team to win the championship. Previously, Internazionale di Milan, AC Milan, Manchester United, and FC Barcelona (on two occasions) had won the FIFA Clubs World Cup.