Bayern beat Raja to win Club World Cup, 5th trophy

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm •  Published: December 21, 2013
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MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Bayern Munich capped the greatest year in club history by beating Raja Casablanca 2-0 to win its third Club World Cup on Saturday.

The European champions added a record fifth title to their trophy cabinet at the tournament of continental champions to go with the Champions League, Bundesliga, German Cup, and European Super Cup triumphs in 2013.

Dante scored early to deflate the Moroccan hosts at Marrakech Stadium, and Thiago Alcantara put the Bavarian side in command with his 22nd-minute goal.

Unheralded Raja, which beat Copa Libertadores champion Atletico Mineiro in the semifinals, used its speed on the break and came close to scoring but ultimately couldn't keep up with the German champions.

"I think we knew how to approach each game and that was key," said coach Pep Guardiola, who won the event for the third time, including twice before with Barcelona. "The first 25 minutes we played very well. After that we forgot to attack."

Bayern won the first of two Intercontinental Cups — the forerunner to this event — exactly 37 years ago on Saturday.

With King Mohammed VI of Morocco amid the majority of 37,747 spectators cheering for Raja, the Moroccan club just couldn't muster enough to break through against Bayern's deep squad of internationals.

Guardiola made three changes to the team that dismissed Guangzhou Evergrande of China 3-0 in the semifinals, with Dante replacing slow-footed central defender Daniel van Buyten to pace Raja's speedy forwards, who were especially dangerous on the counter.

Dante made an immediate impact as the Brazil international gathered teammate Jerome Boateng's headed corner inside the box to blast it past helpless goalkeeper Khalid Askri seven minutes after the start.

Raja's defense erred by playing Dante onside to score, and it was again scrambling in the 22nd as David Alaba laid a pass onto Thiago's run into the area to sidefoot a powerful shot beyond Askri.

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