Al Ahly 0-2 Bayern Munich: Player ratings as Robert Lewandowski fires Germans to Club World Cup Final

Al Ahly 0-2 Bayern Munich: Player ratings as Robert Lewandowski fires Germans to Club World Cup Final

Bayern Munich edged out Al Ahly in the battle of the treble winners in Qatar, as a double from Robert Lewandowski (shock horror) sent the European champions into the final of the FIFA Club World Cup on Monday. The German side had their work cut out for them against the Egyptian champions who dominated African football in 2020, but a controlled first half set the tone for Hansi Flick's team, who went ahead when Lewandowski took a cut-back from Serge Gnabry, and calmly passed the ball beyond Mohamed El-Shenawy. Al Ahly made it more of a contest after the break but struggled to meaningfully test Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal. As the game wore off, they were picked apart more and

Bayern Munich learn first Club World Cup opponents

Bayern Munich learn first Club World Cup opponents

Bayern Munich will face either Al-Duhail or Al Ahly in their Club World Cup semi-final on February 8. The competition’s draw took place on Tuesday in Zurich and confirmed European champions Bayern will tackle hosts Al-Duhail or CAF Champions League holders Al Ahly. Al-Duhail secured their qualification as hosts by winning the Qatar Stars League in 2019-20, with no Qatari side managing to win the AFC Champions League. Egyptian giants Al Ahly won African club football’s biggest prize in November and qualified for the Club World Cup for the sixth time, having last appeared in 2013, which was also Bayern’s only previous appearance.  The official draw for the #ClubWC 2020 is complete Bring on 4 February! pic.twitter.com/lYZYJuv5S4 — FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) January 19, 2021 Al-Duhail received a walkover

Club World Cup in Qatar moved to February

Club World Cup in Qatar moved to February

FIFA has confirmed the Club World Cup will take place in February 2021, rather than December this year. The annual event, which is being staged in Qatar, is traditionally held at the end of the year and had been scheduled to begin next month. However, FIFA said that is not feasible because of “the disruptive effect of the pandemic on the confederations’ continental club championships that serve as a pathway for the event”. It will instead be staged from February 1 to February 11. European champions Bayern Munich and Al-Duhail, the 2019-20 Qatar Stars League winners, are the only confirmed participants so far. The 2021 tournament will be the last before the expanded competition, which is due to replace the Confederations Cup on the football calendar, is first held

Liverpool 1-0 Flamengo: Reaction as Roberto Firmino Makes Reds World Champions

Liverpool won their first ever Club World Cup as they beat Brazilian outfit Flamengo in Doha, Qatar thanks to Roberto Firmino's winner in extra time. The Reds had a goal disallowed for offside when Mohamed Salah slotted in, while Jordan Henderson forced a great save from Diego Alves with a well-struck curler from distance. Drama ensued towards the end of regulation time when Sadio Mane was brought down by Rafinha as the Senegal international charged through on goal, only for a VAR intervention to lead referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim to overturn his original decision. It was all a bit bonkers, really. Liverpool eventually broke the deadlock in extra time as Flamengo tired when Mane broke free and set up Firmino, who sidestepped a few challenges before smashing into