FC Bayern 2-0 Raja Casablanca – Bayern crowned World champions in Morocco
Dante scored what would be the winner with just seven minutes on the clock before Thiago scored his first official goal for Bayern 22 minutes in.
Bayern started the game with a few changes to the lineup that started against Guangzhou. Dante returned to replace Van Buyten, Shaqiri replaced Gotze and Thomas Muller replaced Mario Mandzukic. Raja started the game with the same lineup that triumphed 3-1 against Atletico Mineiro.
As has often been the case, Bayern dominated possession and maintained the flow of play with continuous sequences of passes. After only seven minutes, Shaqiri’s corner was met by Boateng, alone at the edge of the box, who headed the ball into the box and into the path of the unmarked Dante, who duly scored.
The strong start clearly subdued the energy of the Raja players and fans as Bayern maintained possession and embarked on many attacks. Less than fifteen minutes after Dante’s opener, Thiago managed to lay a through ball onto the path of the rampant Alaba, who drew away two defenders before playing the ball back to Thiago, who scored from the edge of the eighteen yard box. The great combination between the two youngsters put Bayern in a very comfortable position that was never relinquished.
Despite Bayern’s dominance, Raja had several chances to decrease Bayern’s lead. After a careless Neuer pass caught Dante flat footed, Iajour released a shot that tantalisingly swerved away from goal. During the second half, Neuer compensated for the team’s defensive complacency with several top-notch saves to keep the score at 2-0. Between Raja’s chances, Muller, Shaqiri and Thiago all squandered golden opportunities to make it 3-0 just seconds apart.
Overall, it was a solid, if unspectacular, Bayern showing in a fitting end to a dominant year engineered by Jupp Heynckes and innovated by Pep Guardiola. With all opponents vanquished, a deep squad, dominant football and five trophies, it’s not a bad time to be a Bayern fan.
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