Bayern Munich make the FIFA Club World Cup final after a comfortable 3-0 victory against Asian Champions Guangzhou Evergrande.
Bayern traveled to Morocco after Saturday’s 3-1 win at home against Hamburg on the search for their fifth trophy of the year.
The game started just as we expected, Bayern dominating proceedings. An early chance saw Thiago come close to opening the scoring, the Spanish international brought down Lahm’s cross with his chest before his shot struck the post.
Marcelo Lippi’s side were defending resiliently and showed a few promising signs hitting Bayern with counter attacks. The closet the Chinese side came to threatening Bayern’s goal was when Elkeson broke down the right, his cross was blocked and earned his side a corner. Another promising attack came later in the half when Bayern were caught napping at the back and Muriqui had plenty of space to run into and test Neuer, well that’s what we thought. Neuer perhaps getting a little bored in goal rushed 40 yards out of his goal and mopped up the danger.
Bayern came close once more and again they struck the woodwork, this time the aluminium denied a wonderful strike from Toni Kroos.
It took Bayern 40 minutes to break down the Chinese wall. Guangzhou defended valiantly, Young-Gwon Kim denied Thiago by making an impressive block and unfortunately the ball was directed to Frank Ribéry, his shot was drilled low and Zeng Cheng failed to stop the effort and the ball rolled underneath him.
It wasn’t long till Bayern were celebrating again, four minutes later Mandžukić finished Thiago’s cross with a powerful diving header.
The second half started off with a rare chance for Guangzhou, Muriqui was played in down the left and with his pace he managed to get a slight advantage on the Bayern defence. The Brazilian put his effort wide as he came bearing down on goal, perhaps put off as the Bayern defence came bearing down on him.
Shortly after Bayern had a third Mario Götze tried his luck from outside the area and his effort rifled into the top corner, the wonderful strike without doubt the goal of the game.
Bayern continued to dominated and they came close on a few occasions. Götze picked up the ball just inside the area, Thiago was fouled and the ball luckily deflected into Götze’s path, Zeng Cheng was at hand to deny Götze, however he had a little help from the crossbar. Ribéry was also denied by the woodwork and both Götze and substitute Shaqiri were whiskers away with efforts outside the box.
Bayern will now turn their attentions to Saturday’s final, they’ll find out their opponents tomorrow when Moroccan side Raja Casablanca take on Brazil’s Atlético Mineiro.