Fifa Club World Cup final: Bayern Munich beat Tigres to become world champions

Benjamin Pavard scored the only goal as Bayern Munich beat Tigres to win the Fifa Club World Cup final in Qatar, their sixth trophy in nine months.

Bayern have won the Uefa Super Cup, German Super Cup and are now world champions, to complete a clean sweep of trophies after last season’s Treble.

Pavard’s goal was initially ruled out for a Robert Lewandowski offside but given after VAR consultation.

Joshua Kimmich had earlier had a goal disallowed by the VAR.

This is the eighth year in a row that a European club has won the Fifa Club World Cup, including Liverpool last season.

Tigres of Mexico were the first team from North or Central America to reach the final but could not end the dominance of European and South American teams in the tournament.

Former France striker Andre-Pierre Gignac failed to add to his three goals in Qatar, although still won the Golden Boot.

Former Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, now the Manchester City manager, recorded a video congratulating his old team.

“Big congratulations to the whole Bayern family for this incredible success. To be the club world champions and to win six out of six titles – I am so proud,” he said.

“I would like to say to Hansi [Bayern boss Flick] you are the second team to win six in a row. Before it was Barcelona [in 2009 under Guardiola]. Maybe I can call Messi and company and we can play for the seventh title. Tell me when and where.”

Qatar was hosting the tournament, which is being viewed a trial run for next year’s World Cup. A limited amount of fans were allowed to watch at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.

The victory cemented Bayern’s status as the outstanding club team of 2020 – the Club World Cup was meant to be in December but delayed because of Covid.

Since Flick took over in November 2019, they have won 58 out of 68 games – and lifted a trophy every 11.3 games.

They deserved their victory over Tigres, despite being far from their best.

Kimmich had a goal controversially ruled out by the VAR in the first half because Lewandowski – who did not touch the ball – was in an offside position and adjudged to have distracted the goalkeeper.

Lewandowski was flagged offside when his header was saved in the second half but Pavard’s half-volley into an empty net was allowed to stand after VAR consultation.

Leroy Sane hammered a shot off the angle of post and bar, and Corentin Tolisso had a shot tipped on to the post as they could have won by more.

Bayern Munich with trophy
Bayern Munich have won six trophes in Hansi Flick’s 68 games in charge

‘Flick trying to bring peace’ – analysis

German football writer Raphael Honigstein

Bayern Munich see themselves as the German Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United. They want this to be underlined with international trophies.

This was one of three they could win and they’ve done that. This was done with the backdrop of less-than-convincing performances and indeed some lack of harmony behind the scenes between sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and head coach Hansi Flick.

Today Flick brought on some of the players Salihamidzic brought in during the summer break. Maybe he’s doing his best to bring some peace. They won to have some peace and harmony back home.

Line-ups

Bayern Munich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neuer
  • 5Pavard
  • 4Süle
  • 21Hernández
  • 19Davies
  • 6Kimmich
  • 27Alaba
  • 10SanéSubstituted forMusialaat 73′minutes
  • 7GnabrySubstituted forTolissoat 64′minutes
  • 29ComanSubstituted forDouglas Costaat 74′minutes
  • 9LewandowskiSubstituted forChoupo-Motingat 73′minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Douglas Costa
  • 13Choupo-Moting
  • 20Sarr
  • 22Roca
  • 24Tolisso
  • 28Oliveira Dantas
  • 34Schneller
  • 39Hoffmann
  • 42Musiala

Tigres

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Guzmán
  • 28RodríguezBooked at 69minsSubstituted forQuiñonesat 80′minutes
  • 13Reyes
  • 3Salcedo
  • 29DueñasBooked at 42mins
  • 23Quiñones
  • 5De Souza PereiraBooked at 90mins
  • 19Pizarro
  • 20Aquino
  • 32González
  • 10Gignac

Substitutes

  • 4Ayala
  • 8Sierra
  • 14Sánchez
  • 17Fernández
  • 18Cruz
  • 21Meza
  • 22Fulgencio
  • 33Quiñones
  • 35Chávez
  • 43Ávalos
  • 50Delgado
  • 52Ogama Vendrechovski

Referee:
Esteban Ostojich

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, FC Bayern München 1, Tigres 0.

  2. Second Half ends, FC Bayern München 1, Tigres 0.

  3. Foul by Corentin Tolisso (FC Bayern München).

  4. Carlos Salcedo (Tigres) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Rafael Carioca (Tigres) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Corentin Tolisso (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Foul by Rafael Carioca (Tigres).

  8. Attempt missed. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Douglas Costa.

  9. Benjamin Pavard (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Foul by André-Pierre Gignac (Tigres).

  11. Attempt saved. Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

  12. Attempt saved. Douglas Costa (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

  13. Alphonso Davies (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Foul by Carlos González (Tigres).

  15. Attempt saved. Corentin Tolisso (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamal Musiala.

  16. Substitution, Tigres. Julián Quiñones replaces Luis Rodríguez.

  17. Offside, Tigres. Luis Rodríguez tries a through ball, but André-Pierre Gignac is caught offside.

  18. Foul by Niklas Süle (FC Bayern München).

  19. Carlos González (Tigres) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Foul by Jamal Musiala (FC Bayern München).

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