Bayern Munich end year with Club World Cup trophy

Last Updated: Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 10:23

Marrakech: Bayern Munich resisted the pressure of fanatic home crowds and beat the host side Raja Casablanca 2-0 Saturday to win the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time.

Dante and Thiago`s quickfire shots just after 22 minutes helped the reigning European, Bundesliga and German Cup, Super Cup champions pass the test of the dark horse, claiming their fifth trophy in a harvest year of 2013, reported Xinhua.

Raja Casablanca, who owe their play-off place as the host team thanks to their 2012/13 Moroccan league championship win, stunned a series of big teams before finishing the second place, which is the best result for an African club in this event.

The dubbed Green Eagles won the play-off match to quarter-final by a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Auckland City FC, the Oceania kings. Then they rallied to upset Monterrey and Atletico Mineiro in a row to book the final meet with Bayern.

The Raja fans also impressed the tournament with their passionate supports in the always green-colour-packed stadiums behind their team.

IANS

First Published: Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 10:23

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