Football: Dominant Bayern win Club World Cup

Football: Dominant Bayern win Club World Cup

European champions Bayern Munich claimed their fifth title of 2013 as they lifted the Club World Cup with a 2-0 win over Raja Casablanca in yesterday morning's (Singapore time) final.

The Bavarian giants had few problems against Moroccan champions Raja as Bayern grabbed both goals inside the opening 22 minutes from Brazil centreback Dante, then midfielder Thiago.

Having become the first German team to win the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup titles last season, Bayern now add the Club World Cup to the Uefa Super Cup title they won in August.

"To dust off a title like that at the end of such a year is unbelievable," said Bayern captain Philipp Lahm.

"We made life hard for ourselves on occasion and it's a pity we eased up at the end."

This was the third time Bayern coach Pep Guardiola has won the Club World Cup, after lifting the trophy with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.

Bayern winger Franck Ribery was voted Player of the Tournament. The France winger must wait until Jan 13 to find out if he has beaten Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the Ballon d'Or.

Even without injured Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger and Netherlands winger Arjen Robben, Guardiola's Bayern had too much firepower for Raja at the 45,000 sell-out Marrakech Stadium.

Just as they had done in last Wednesday's 3-0 semi-final win over Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande, the Germans dominated throughout.

Bayern took the lead after only seven minutes when Germany star Jerome Boateng found his centre-back partner Dante onside with the goal at his mercy.

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