Sports Desk, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Bayern Munich defeated Tigres UANL 1-0 Thursday in the final of the Club World Cup in Doha, hoisting the trophy for the second time in the 18 editions of the tournament.
The Champions League holders dominated possession, 58 percent to 42 percent, and put eight shots on target to just one for Tigres, yet the LigaMX side managed to keep talent-laden Bayern off the scoreboard until Benjamin Pavard’s goal in the 59th minute.
The German squad, who were without midfielder Thomas Müller due to his testing positive for Covid-19, looked to have gone ahead in the 18th minute on a strike by Joshua Kimmich, but the goal was disallowed because Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski was offside.
Luis Quiñones and Andre-Pierre Gignac caused some anxious moments for the Bayern defense as Tigres tried to muster a reaction, though the impetus was short-lived.
Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman kept it close until the end, averting an own goal by defender Carlos Salcedo in the 84th minute and stopping a shot from Douglas Costa seconds later.
For Bayern, it was a sixth trophy in less than 12 months, following their triumphs in the 2019-2020 Bundesliga, the German Cup, the Champions League, the German Super Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. EFE