- Bayern Munich win Club World Cup for second time
- A great first for the UANL Tigers
- Al Ahly and Al Duhail satisfied, Ulsan and Palmeiras disappointed
The first FIFA tournament organized since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic ended with the victory of a European team. In Qatar, Bayern Munich won their sixth title of the year, a feat that had only been achieved once before, by FC Barcelona in 2008/09. It is also the Bavarian giant’s second victory in the FIFA Club World Cup ™.
The Germans make their superiority speak from their first outing against the Egyptians of Al Ahly SC. In the semi-final, Lewandowski, who will be voted best player of the tournament, offers himself a double synonymous with qualification for the big meeting. Bayern displayed impressive technical accuracy and power on this occasion, but the African champions did not have to be ashamed of their performance. Unfortunately for them, they struggled to contain the attacks of their opponents, especially in the second half. In the final, the Tigers give the Bavarians a hard time, but the latter once again demonstrate their ability to sublimate themselves in decisive moments.
For a year now, this team has never ceased to impress with its determination. On June 16, she won the Bundesliga with a 1-0 victory over Werder Bremen, four games to go to the end of the season. With this 30th German champion title in hand, she added to her hunting roster a 20th German Cup on July 4, this time at the expense of Bayer Leverkusen. On August 23, she defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the final of the UEFA Champions League, a competition she won for the sixth time in its history. A month later, she takes the better of Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup. On September 30, it was Borussia Dortmund’s turn to bow down, in the final of the German Supercup. Bayern finally make the pass of six on February 11, 2021, in Qatar.
For their part, the Tigers also have reason to rejoice. After registering its name in the Concacaf Champions League for the first time in its history, André-Pierre Gignac’s team became the first representative of the North, Central America and Caribbean Zone to reach the Club World Cup final. The feat is all the more remarkable as his victories over the champions of Asia and South America, Ulsan and Palmeiras, do not suffer any dispute.
Now 35 years old, the former Marseillais has established himself as a key player in the region since his transfer to Mexico in 2015. The Frenchman can even be considered as one of the great animators of this 2020 edition in Qatar , as evidenced by his title of top scorer.
Performance and poor performance
The tournament will be marked by the good run of Al Ahly, winner of the Qataris Al Duhail in his first outing. If the Egyptians were forced to lower their flag against the future winner of the semi-final event (2-0), they were able to quickly raise their heads. They showed great courage to win on penalties in the match for third place between them and Palmeiras, one of the candidates for the supreme title. The Red Devils therefore left with their second bronze medal, the first having been won in 2006.
On the other hand, Palmeiras did not live up to the expectations of its supporters. Presented as one of the possible rivals of Bayern, the Brazilian club were taken out unceremoniously by a perfectly organized Tigers team. His final outing against Al Ahly did not give him the opportunity to restore his image either. Without a doubt, this fourth place will leave a bitter taste in the mouths of the players.
For his part, the representative of the host country fought courageously against Al Ahly in the second round, without however managing to force the doors of the last four. Sabri Lamouchi’s men, however, managed to avoid repeating the same mistakes in the fifth-place game, allowing them to score three times against Ulsan.
Finally, South Koreans can harbor great regrets. Deprived of the services of their striker Junior Negrao, transferred just before the start of the tournament, they lacked bite on the offensive plan. Their knowledge of Qatar’s stadiums, which had hosted part of the AFC 2020 Champions League matches, was ultimately of no use to them.