Education City Stadium in Qatar was the place where Tigres played Bayern Munich for the Club World Cup final. We got player ratings.
Bayern Munich needed to win one more match tonight against Tigres in order to achieve something only another club did before. The legendary six titles in a single year is a feat that Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona accomplished in 2009. Due to the damn coronavirus, this German squad failed to get all six titles during 2020 but the feat was still within reach. Tigres already did their part by defeating the Copa Libertadores champions (Palmeiras) in the semifinal. They didn’t have a major chance to win against one of the most dominant football clubs in history.
However, ‘Tuca’ Ferretti still demanded the best from his players and they made things really difficult for the Bavarians. The bottom line is that Tigres’ only chance was to either score a goal in a set-piece or go all the way to a penalty shootout. Bayern was simply too powerful on the defense to think about the Mexicans scoring a goal from a collective effort. The felines ended the first half with no goals allowed after VAR didn’t let a Kimmich strike go up to the scoreboard.
Pavard gets a dubious goal for Bayern.
The second half was more of the same, only this time VAR allowed the goal scored by Benjamin Pavard. After this goal came, Tigres was pretty much doomed. There was no way they had the offensive capabilities to score the equalizer against this powerful squad. Regardless of the massive difference between both squads, Tigres still needs to get props for what they accomplished.
It took Bayern a VAR review to score the winner and only inches decided this final. The Germans get their sixth title of a delayed 2020 year in the middle of a global pandemic to reach FC Barcelona. Only these two clubs have bragging rights after doing what most clubs in the world consider impossible.
Bayern Munich: Neuer (7), Sule (8), Lucas (8), Alaba (7), Pavard (8), Davies (8), Kimmich (8), Coman (7), Sane (7), Gnabry (6), Lewandowski (5).
Bench: Tolisso (6), Choupo-Moting (6), Costa (6), Musiala (5).
Tigres: Nahuel (7), Rodriguez (8), Reyes (7), Salcedo (6), Carioca (5), Dueñas (6), Aquino (6), Pizarro (7), Gignac (7), Quiñones (6), Gonzalez (6).
Bench: Quiñones (6).
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