- Bayern München are Club World Cup champions for second time
- Tigres UANL make history in reaching the ultimate
- Satisfaction for Al Ahly and Al Duhail, disappointment for Ulsan and Palmeiras
The first FIFA match to be staged in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic ended as soon as once more with European champions. FC Bayern München claimed their sixth trophy in a 12 months, a feat solely achieved as soon as earlier than, by Barcelona in the 2008/09 season. This was additionally Bayern’s second FIFA Club World Cup™ triumph following their maiden title in 2013.
The Germans proved their supremacy in their opening sport in opposition to Egypt’s Al Ahly SC, progressing to the ultimate with a brace from Lewandowski, voted the match’s finest participant. The European champions confirmed high quality and bodily energy in opposition to their African counterparts, who performed admirably, particularly in the second half, however have been powerless to stop Bayern closing in on their sixth title of the 12 months. Tigres proved worthy opponents in the ultimate however as soon as once more the Bavarians triumphed.
The membership’s quest for six titles was each relentless and spectacular. First, they wrapped up the Bundesliga on June 16 with a 1-0 win in opposition to Werder Bremen, 4 rounds earlier than the top of the season. With a thirtieth league title in the bag, they then gained their twentieth DFB Cup on July 4 on the expense of Bayer Leverkusen. On August 23, they proved too good for Paris Saint-Germain and gained the UEFA Champions League for the sixth time, following that up with victory over Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup on September 24. Then got here their DFB Super Cup triumph in opposition to Borussia Dortmund on September 30, earlier than they made it six from six in Qatar on 11 February 2021.
As for Tigres, who owed their Club World Cup debut to a maiden Concacaf Champions League triumph in 2020, they are often justifiably pleased with changing into the primary Mexican and Concacaf workforce to succeed in the ultimate after spectacular wins in opposition to the respective Asian and South American champions: Ulsan Hyundai and Palmeiras.
Thirty 5-12 months-previous Andre-Pierre Gignac, who for a few years was a prolific scorer in his native France, turned one of many largest names in the Concacaf area following his transfer to Mexico in 2015. The striker unsurprisingly emerged as one of many stars of Qatar 2020, scooping the highest scorer award for his three objectives.
Accomplishments and disappointments
The match witnessed fantastic performances from Africa’s representatives Al Ahly, who beat Qatar’s Al Duhail in their first sport to arrange a semi-last assembly with the Bavarian giants, which they misplaced 2-0. In the play-off for third place in opposition to Brazil’s Palmeiras, the Egyptians confirmed their resilience and ultimately gained on penalties. It was the membership’s second bronze medal in this competitors, following their first in 2006.
As for Palmeiras, they clearly fell in need of their lofty expectations for the match. Widely tipped to contest the ultimate in opposition to Bayern, they have been undone by a robust Tigres facet with an unyielding defence. Nor may they discover any comfort in their play-off in opposition to the Red Devils, dropping once more and having to accept fourth place.
For their half, Al Duhail tried valiantly and put in a robust second-half show in opposition to Al Ahly, however the Egyptians blocked their path to the final 4. In their second fixture, they averted the identical errors and scored three objectives in opposition to Ulsan, ending fifth in their first participation on the match.
As for the Korean membership, they have been lower than the expectations of their followers and lacked hearth energy with out their star striker Junior Negrao, who left the membership shortly earlier than the match. Despite getting used to Qatar’s stadiums, the place they performed the latter levels of the 2020 Champions League, they may not replicate the motion and ending that made them continental champions.