European champions Bayern Munich and the invited Egyptian champions Zamalek Sporting Club met last night at the Stade du Prince Moullay Abdallah in the Moroccan city of Rabat this evening to contest the FIFA Club World Cup Final.
Zamalek were invited to take part in the tournament as a second representative of the host continent, as the ‘best’ losing semi-finalist from this year’s CAF Champions League, as both finalists were Moroccan. Zamalek beat Waitakere United and Mohgreb Tétouan to set-up a semi-final match against Fluminense, before stunning the Brazilians with a single-goal victory.
Like Fluminense, Bayern Munich received safe-passage straight through to the semi-finals, where they beat Tigres UANL thanks to a first-half Jerome Boateng header to reach the final.
Frank Ribery put Bayern Munich in front after 16 minutes with a low shot from twelve yards out which clipped the inside of the near post and beat Zamalek ‘keeper Chijoke Ejiogu. The first-half stayed that way, despite Bayern’s 69% possession and 11-1 lead on the shots count.
Seven minutes after the interval and the stadium erupted as Mohamed Abdel Shafy crashed home a free-kick from 22 yards out off the crossbar for the equaliser. Parity was only restored for eight minutes before Sami Khedira put Bayern back in front, driving low past Ejiogu after being played through by Robben.
Arjen Robben missed a glorious chance in the final minute to wrap things up for the Germans, with Zamalek pushing everyone forwards for an equaliser, but it wasn’t to come and Bayern Munich made sure that the trophy returns to Europe after a year-long stay with Corinthians.
Playoff: Zamalek SC 3-1 Waitakere Utd Quarter Final 1 MA Tétouan 0-2 Zamalek SC Quarter Final 2 Kashima Antlers 0-2 Tigres UANL (aet) 5th Place Playoff Kashima Antlers 3-1 MA Tétouan Semi Final 1 Zamalek SC 1-0 Fluminense Semi Final 2 Tigres UANL 0-1 Bayern Munich 3rd Place Playoff Fluminense 0-1 Tigres UANL Final Bayern Munich 2-1 Zamalek SC