.As Ribery Wins Best Player Award –
FC Bayern Munchen became the first German club to win the FIFA Club World Cup after defeating Raja Casablanca 2-0 in the final at Marrakech Stadium on Saturday, wrapping up a memorable year for the European champions.
In the first meeting between the sides, Bayern asserted themselves from the start.
In the 4th minute Bayern and Germany international Toni Kroos tested Raja goalkeeper Khalid Askri with a distance shot. Askri was able to make a comfortable save.
One minute later Raja answered Bayern’s early surge when the in-form Moussine Iajour shot wide inside the Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s penalty box.
In the 7th minute Bayern defender Jerome Boateng headed a corner kick from Xherdan Shaqiri into the path of fellow defender Dante who shot past Askri from about six yards to give the European champions the 1-0 lead.
Bayern used the momentum from Dante’s goal to create more chances. In the tenth minute, Shaqiri set up captain Philipp Lahm on the right wing to then find Thomas Muller who shot straight into Askri’s arms.
Left-back David Alaba almost gave Bayern a two-goal advantage in the 19th minute after Muller’s back heel pass played the Swiss international through, but his shot was saved by Askri.
Iajour was able to test Neuer one minute later, but his shot was saved with ease.
Bayern continued to control the flow of the match and in the 22nd minute went two goals ahead after Alaba cut inside from the left wing to find Spain international Thiago at the top of the 18-yard box who struck a 14-yard shot into Askri’s far corner.
Meanwhile, FIFA’s Technical Study Group has named Franck Ribery as Player of the Tournament at the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013.
The French international delivered two excellent performances for FC Bayern Munchen, including a fine goal in his team’s 3-0 semi-final win over Guangzhou Evergrande FC, and has as such been honoured with the adidas Golden Ball, as well as the TOYOTA Award.