Bayern Munich cruised to victory in their FIFA Club World Cup debut with a 3-0 win over Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande in the semi-final.
The UEFA Champions League winners had received a bye to the final four and they proved a class above as they brushed aside the Asian champions.
Here’s a glimpse at how things look after Bayern booked their place in the final:
|Match||Date, K/O (GMT)||Round||Fixture||Result|
|1||Dec. 11, 19:30||QF Play-Off||Raja Casablanca vs. Auckland||2-1|
|2||Dec. 14, 16:00||QF||Guangzhou vs. Al Ahly||2-0|
|3||Dec. 14, 19:30||QF||Raja Casablanca vs. Monterrey||2-1 AET|
|4||Dec. 17, 19:30||SF||Guangzhou vs. Bayern Munich||0-3|
|5||Dec. 18, 16:30||5/6 Play-Off||Al Ahly vs. Monterrey|
|6||Dec. 18, 19:30||SF||Raja Casablanca vs. Atletico Mineiro|
|7||Dec. 21, 16:30||3/4 Play-Off||Guangzhou vs. Loser 6|
|8||Dec. 21, 19:30||Final||Bayern Munich vs. Winner 6|
Results via FIFA.com
Franck Ribery, Mario Mandzukic and Mario Goetze were the goalscorers but in reality the score line could have been much worse for Guangzhou.
In a comfortable outing at the Agadir Stadium, the Germans dominated with a 72 percent share of possession and let fly with 25 more shots than their overwhelmed opponents.
3 - Bayern hit the woodwork 3 times for the 1st time in competitive matches 2013/14. Close #clubwc— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) December 17, 2013
Guangzhou boss Marcello Lippi, in true Italian style, set his team up in a defensive manner in an effort to stifle Bayern’s abundance of attacking talent.
Guangzhou were successful in frustrating Munich in the opening exchanges, remaining camped inside their own half but offering little in the way of an offensive threat.
0 - In the 1st half Guangzhou did not have a single touch in the box of Bayern, but Munich had 29 in the box of Evergrande. Edentulous.— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) December 17, 2013
But it appeared to be only a matter of when rather than if Bayern would make the breakthrough, and they eventually did on 40 minutes when Ribery capitalised on a poor clearance to volley home.
Mandzukic added a second right on half-time, before Goetze proved why he is one of Europe’s most highly regarded youngsters as he fired home a third from distance.
1 - Mario Götze's 8th competitive goal for Bayern Munich is the 1st he scored from outside the box. Distance.— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) December 17, 2013
The Chinese club had arrived at the tournament full of hope and a win over Egyptian side Al Ahly in the quarter-final set them on their way.
But unfortunately for Guangzhou, they ran into the world’s most in-form team in Agadir.
The Asian champions will take their place in the third and fourth place play-off on Dec. 21 as they look to bring the curtain down on a breakthrough year with a win.
Bayern are now just one game away from their fifth title of the year. Pep Guardiola’s side are the current Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Champions League and UEFA Super Cup holders, and a title in North Africa would cap off a remarkable 2013.
Standing in their way will be the winner of the game between Copa Libertadores holders Atletico Mineiro and Moroccan side Raja Casablanca, who will face off on Wednesday, Dec. 18.