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back Tournaments | 17.12.2013 22:33:53

Bayern cruise into FIFA Club World Cup final

  • Franck Ribery (front) showed Bayern the way against Guangzhou Evergrande, scoring the Bundesliga side's first goal...
  • ...before Mario Mandzukic (r.) doubled the European champions' lead
  • Mario Götze (r.) sealed progression to the Club World Cup final for the Bavarians, who hit the woodwork four times against their Chinese opposition

Agadir - FC Bayern München edged closer to winning their fifth trophy in 2013 courtesy of a 3-0 FIFA Club World Cup semi-final victory against Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande.

Goals from Franck Ribery and Mario Mandzukic helped the dominant European champions to a deserved two-goal half-time lead, before Mario Götze extended the lead for the Bavarians, who were unlucky to see four further efforts denied by the woodwork.

Ribery shows Bayern the way

Pep Guardiola took no chances against the AFC Champions League winners, fielding a strong starting-XI. His Bayern charges quickly settled into their rhythm in Agadir, passing their way towards the opposition's goal in relentless fashion, leaving Marcello Lippi's men to chase shadows for most of the opening exchanges. Philipp Lahm came close to breaking the deadlock only two minutes into the game, before Thiago Alcantara saw his close-range effort come back off the post in the 16th minute.

Bayern remained in the driving seat as the first half wore on, though the record Bundesliga titleholders were guilty of wasting further promising opportunities when Ribery had a long-range effort denied by Zeng Cheng and Jerome Boateng fired wide. The former did better five minutes before the interval, however, when the UEFA European Footballer of the Year volleyed the ball past the Guangzhou goalkeeper. The record titleholders then managed to double their lead four minutes later, as Mandzukic produced a diving header from Thiago's pin-point cross to send his side in with a deserved and comfortable two-goal cushion.

Götze extends

Despite having to survive an early scare just after the restart when Muriqui hit the side-netting of Manuel Neuer's goal, Bayern made it abundantly clear they were keen to further increase their advantage, and soon saw their efforts rewarded when Götze fired the ball into the top left corner from 25-yards. Their possession remained fluid, as well as threatening, as the encounter retained it's one-sided nature, with Thiago missing the Bavarian's best chance.

Götze and second-half substitute Xherdan Shaqiri adopted a shoot-on-sight policy in the closing stages, but to no avail, the former seeing a fourth Bayern effort come off the woodwork. However, it did little to take away from the reigning UEFA Champions League titleholders cruising into the Club World Cup Final in Marrakesh where the Reds will lock horns with Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro or Raja Casablanca from Morocco.


FC Bayern München: Neuer - Rafinha, Boateng, van Buyten, Alaba - Lahm - Götze, Thiago, Kroos (Martinez 58'), Ribery (Shaqiri 72') - Mandzukic (Pizarro 75')

Guangzhou Evergrande: Zeng Cheng - Zhang, Y.-K. Kim, X. Feng, X. Sun - Huang (Rong 46'), Zheng Zhi, Conca - X. Zhao (Feng 76'), Elkeson, Muriqui (Gao 72')

Goals: 1-0 Ribery (40'), 2-0 Mandzukic (44'), 3-0 Götze (48')

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