FC Bayern Munich beat Tigres to win Fifa Club World Cup

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FC Bayern Munich beat Mexican side, Tigres, 1-0 to win their second FIFA Club World Cup title in the club’s history. The first time they won the 17-year-old title was in 2013.

In the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup final which took place in Qatar on Thursday, February 11, 2021, FC Bayern Munich struggled to give football fans the expected performance. The Mexican club frustrated the European champions throughout the first 45 minutes.

FC Bayern Munich’s effort to conquer the world of club football finally paid off in the 59th minute when Benjamin Pavard scored the only goal of the match.

Besides Pavard’s goal, Bayern Munich had numerous scoring opportunities, two of which hit the woodwork, and the Video Assistant Referee ruled that Tigres’ goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman had stopped a Robert Lewandowski header.

However, Pavard’s lone goal was all FC Bayern Munich needed to win the historic FIFA Club World Cup title which means that the German side is the second club in the history of world football to win 6 titles in one football calendar year. The first club to achieve this feat is FC Barcelona in 2009.

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Recall that before the final of the FIFA Club World Cup which was postponed from December 2020 to February 2021, FC Bayern Munich have won 5 titles in the 2019-2020 season – UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and DFB/DFL-Supercup.

After the victory, Bayern Munich’s talisman, Robert Lewandowski revealed how frustrated he was in the first half because enough crosses were not coming into Tigres’ penalty box.

The Polish prolific striker also revealed that he had to tell his teammates during the half time break that they should ensure that more crosses got into the box. He then noted that the only one that managed to get into the box resulted in the only goal of the match.

โ€œWe really wanted to win today (Thursday). The goal that we scored was probably from the first cross that came in”, Lewandowski said.

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“I said to the boys at half-time, come on, put a few more crosses in.

“They managed it once and thatโ€™s how we won the sextuple, and thatโ€™s an amazing thing!”

FC Bayern Munich players celebrate with the jerseys of the club's players who were not in Qatar with them.
FC Bayern Munich players celebrate with the jerseys of the club’s players who were not in Qatar with them.

Bayern Munich won the title without the club’s defender Jerome Boateng who had to leave the club’s camp due to the death of his ex-girlfriend.

The German club also missed the services of Thomas Muller because he tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the final of the FIFA Club World Cup.

“Itโ€™s a shame that Thomas Muller wasnโ€™t able to be here. We are flying back straight home to Munich, there is no time to celebrate,” Lewandowski noted.

At the end of the tournament, Lewandowski who scored two goals in the tournament went home with the golden ball award. While Tigres’ Andrรฉ-Pierre Gignac who scored three goals in the tournament won the top scorer award.

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