MARRAKECH: Bayern Munich crowned their greatest ever year on top of the international game after winning the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.
The German club – Europe’s Champions League and Supercup winners as well as domestic chanpions and cup-winners – added triphy No5 by defeating home favourites Raja Casablanca 2-0 in the final.
Earlier, Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro finished third, despite having veteran superstar Ronaldinho sent off, after beating Guangzhou Evergrande 3-2.
Raja, who shocked complacent Atletico Mineiro to reach the final, were outplayed from the kickoff. The match was all over, effectively, midway through the first half after goals from Dante (seven minutes) and Thiago Alcantara (22).
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola had won the tournament twice before with Barcelona while the Bavarians lifted the world club title twice before in 1976 and 2001.
Atletico squeeze in
Atletico Mineiro did not have it easy on the way to victory over Guangzhou in the semi-finals losers’ playoff.
Striker Luan scored the winner one minute into stoppage time for the South American champions.
Diego Tardelli shot Galo into a second-minute lead after a Ronaldinho corner but China’s Asian champions turned the match around within 13 minutes through Muriqui (nine) and Dario Conca (15, penalty).
Muriqui knew Atletico particularly well after playing nine games on loan with the Belo Horizonte club in 2010.
However veteran former world player of the year Ronaldinho rescued Atletico on the stroke of halftime with a remarkable free kick.
The 2002 World Cup-winner, who had battled to regain fitness after injury just in time for the tournament, was sent off three minutes from time for lashing out at Zhao Xuri.