Munich ease into World Club decider

Guangzhou Evergrande 0 Bayern Munich 3
German and European champions Bayern Munich broke Guangzhou Evergrande’s admirable early resistance to plunder a 3-0 victory and book their place in the Club World Cup final.

Pep Guardiola’s men had played one game fewer than their Chinese opponents — managed by World Cup winner Marcello Lippi – but could not make the extra freshness count in 40 frustrating opening minutes in Agadir.

Zeng Cheng was particularly resolute in the Guangzhou goal until France winger Franck Ribery managed to tuck away a poorly-cleared ball to inspire Bayern to greater things.

They would take a two-goal lead into the break thanks to Mario Mandzukic, who headed Thiago Alcantara’s cross home in the 44th minute.

Bayern found the third goal they needed to put the result beyond doubt only two minutes after the restart as Mario Gotze completed an attacking move started by David Alaba.

The Bundesliga leaders will face either home hopefuls Raja Casablanca or Atletico Mineiro of Brazil in Marrakesh on Sunday.

GUANGZHOU EVERGRANDE: Zeng, Sun, Linpeng Zhang, Kim, Xiaoting Feng, Zhi Zheng, Conca, Bowen Huang (Rong 46), Xuri Zhao (Junyan Feng 76), Elkeson, Muriqui (Lin Gao 72).

BAYERN MUNICH: Neuer, Lahm, Rafinha, Boateng, Van Buyten, Thiago, Ribery (Shaqiri 72), Gotze, Alaba, Kroos (Martinez 58), Mandzukic (Pizarro 75).

Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia).


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