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December 21, 2013
• Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech
Referee: Sandro Meira Ricci
• Attendance: 37774
Thiago Alcântara 22'
BAYERN ARE CROWNED CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD! Congratulations to the Bavarians, who end a historic 2013 by winning the Club World Cup courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Raja Casablanca in Marrakech. I've been Livio Caferoglu and it's goodbye from me!
90' + 3'
There's not even time for Kachani to net a consolation effort as Rafinha tumbles down to the ground and calls for treatment in a bid to see out the last few seconds.
90' + 2'
There's just one minute of the three added on by the fourth official still to be played.
Yep, it has. Again their coach Faouzi Benzarti cannot believe his side's ill-fortune as Kachani beats the last line of defence and messes up his one-on-one with Neuer!
Since fluffing those two gilt-edged chances, it seems the stuffing has been knocked out of Raja Casablanca. Or has it... ?
The Marrakech natives have only four minutes left to pull off a miraculous comeback!
I CAN'T QUITE BELIEVE THAT!!! Raja Casablanca are kicking themselves after missing not only one, but TWO chances! Mabide cuts inside in bundles of space after beating a Bayern offside trap but can only fire straight at Neuer, before Moutaouali incredibly blasts the ball over with the goal at his mercy!
On the flipside of my previous comments, Raja Casablanca have put in a hell of a shift this evening if you consider that they've stifled Bayern to the extent that they may only leave here with a 2-0 victory as opposed to the demolition job expected of them. Their players have defended admirably, busting a gut to deny the Germans from performing at their free-flowing best.
Yellow Card Rachid Soulaimani
Finally some developments of note... wait, it's only Soulaimani being booked within a minute of being introduced!
Another disappointing sight is the exit of Iajour from this match. The striker promised an uncertain night for Bayern's defenders with his slick movement, but he has been a complete no-show since the interval.
Muller's shift comes to an end, with Mandzukic opted to replace him. Let's hope the Croat can inject some much-needed industry to spice things up a bit.
Raja Casablanca seem to be taking a similar approach to Bayern, now the Germans are opting to sit back and control the game. You'd have hoped that the hosts would have tried to adopt a more adventurous style when in possession, having found it nigh-on impossible to get a sniff in the first half.
Hafidi challenges well to concede just the corner, but only a throw can be salvaged from the aforementioned set-piece.
The crowd are making their frustrations known. For a match that is supposed to be showcasing the cream of world club football, there admittedly isn't much to be raving about right now.
The match has descended into a lull, as neither side can quite find that elusive spark. Meanwhile, Guehi is a lucky boy to avoid the referee's book after slidling recklessly into Shaqiri.
Moutaouali presses forward from defence and launches a speculative attempt that isn't too far away from dipping over Neuer!
HOW ON EARTH DID HE MISS THAT??? Surely it was easier to score there... Lahm's cross is drilled into the box, and it drops to Shaqiri who somehow smashes the crossbar from two yards out! Thiago tries to pick up the pieces from the rebound, but his effort swerves over.
Kroos' wavering influence on the match means he is the next to be hauled off, with Martinez coming on to see the last half-hour out.
Shortly after Ribery gets a talking-to from the referee for needlessly handballing, despite racing clear of the Casablanca back-line, Alaba (even more foolishly) backs into El Hachimi, who requires treatment after crashing to the ground.
RAJA CASABLANCA SHOULD'VE PULLED ONE BACK! The subsitute Mabide has his head in his hands after El Hachimi bursts clear and whips a cross onto the head of the midfielder, who inexplicably can only find Neuer's gloves from point-blank range!
Yellow Card Mohamed Oulhaj
The Casablanca defence refuse to be viewed as walkovers just yet, with El Hachimi again robbing an off-colour Ribery of the ball before he can get into his groove.
While Kroos and Thiago continue to pull the strings in the middle of the park, here's a startling statistic: Bayern have accumulated a staggering 73 per cent of possession this evening!
Shaqiri shows real intent to break forward and play in Ribery, but Oulhaj has the last laugh as he shepherds the ball out for a goal kick.
GOOD MOVE FROM THE HOSTS! Alaba is totally caught out by El Hachimi and Guehi, who interchange with eachother down the right-hand side, and the cross must be headed out for a corner!
The match is restarted by Raja Casablanca.
The players return to the pitch for the second half!
Oulhaj's anticipation allows him to make a last-ditch intervention and stop a cross from reaching Muller. Anyway, the whistle is blown for half time, with the scores reading Bayern Munich 2-0 Raja Casablanca!
PENALTY SHOUT? Ribery shows lightning-quick feet to foray into the Casablanca box, but Benlamalem puts out a leg and appears to clip the winger. Nothing is given by the referee, however!
The amazing fluency in Bayern's play is also backed up by their steely determination to win the ball back as soon as it's lost. Raja Casablanca are forced to hack the ball out for a throw after Karrouchy immediately attracts three red shirts in a deep position near the left corner flag.
More sensational football is being played out by the Champions League holders, turning defence into attack in an instant. Kroos spots the run of Thiago to his right near the box and smashes a shot just wide of goal.
Shaqiri is being made to look like a world beater here, as he plays a neat one-two with auxiliary striker Muller near the Casablanca D and bends a low, curling drive towards the left post which Askri must parry away!
OOOOOH DANTE!! The gangly Brazilian almost adds to both his and his side's tally for the evening with a bullet-like header that whistles just over the bar!
Bayern continue to roll the ball about with swagger in its purest form - so much so that Thiago and Shaqiri are afforded fouls after casually squandering possession.
Alaba has been of beastly proportions so far, with El Hachimi under constant siege and barely allowed to take a breath! He embarks on another strong run, but the linesman's flag - fortunately for the hosts - goes up.
Barring a few opportunistic efforts from Raja Casablanca, it has been total domination from the visitors, who presently look unbeatable. Better teams may not afford them quite so much space, but there's no denying the supernatural quality they are capable of producing at any given moment.
Assist David Alaba
Goal Thiago Alcántara
THIAGOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! What a fantastic that goal that truly is from the little Spanish maestro. Alaba, arguably the other most influential player of the opening 20 minutes, links up with his colleague on the left and intelligently tees up for him to blast home from the edge of the box!
Bayern take a breather and it almost results in an equalising goal for Casablanca! Firstly, Iajour finds space down the right channel and unleashes a low strike at Neuer, and moments later - on the opposing flank - he hits another stinging attempt just wide of the far post.
ASKRI LOOKS TO THE HEAVENS!!! Thiago peels in-field from the left and sends a sumptuous through ball for Muller to lay off for an oncomin Alaba, and the Austrian's shot creeps just under the goalkeeper's legs before recovering from his gaffe in a split-second!
Raja Casablanca are stepping in dangerous territory, having conceded another free kick in clear vicinity of their own box. However, Kroos' delivery is just as suspect!
Ribery is looking mightier than ever, probably in a last-ditch bid to gain some recognition ahead of January's Ballon d'Or gala! The Frenchman is first adjudged offside after being released down the left, before darting into the box and being impressively marshalled by El Hachimi.
Hafiri upends Ribery in an advanced position near the edge of the box, and Muller is presented with another shooting opportunity, yet his volleyed strike hits the ground and subsequently into Askri's gloves.
SHOULD'VE BEEN 2-0!!! The Germans are really showcasing some dazzling football here, as Shaqiri nutmegs Ouhlaj down the right-hand side, but Muller can't beat Askri from a matter of yards out!
Assist Jerome Boateng
BAYERN TAKE THE LEAD! Dante atones for his earlier error after heading home a Shaqiri corner, although his task was made all the more simpler thanks to Boateng's flick-on. It could be a long night for the Moroccans at this rate!
INSTANT REPLY FROM RAJA CASABLANCA! Dante is given the run-around by Iajour, who takes his man on with ease before powering a stinging effort into Neuer's fingertips.
KROOS! The attacking midfielder fires a snapshot at goal from distance, which Askri is left with no choice but to stop!
Ribery picks up the ball down the left wing and shows some stylish footwork but can only force through a goal kick. Early warning signs maybe?
The match gets under way by Bayern Munich, who go from left-to-right in their famous all-red home strip.
QUITE INCREDIBLE SCENES!!!! Bayern get too comfortable in possession and work the ball all the way back to Neuer, but the goalkeeper's clearance is terrible, as it drops straight to Chtibi, and the attacker's shot flashes just wide! Cue an angry reaction from Guardiola down the touchline...
The players steam out onto the pitch and exchange handshakes between one another. We are just minutes away from discovering who will officially be crowned club-football champions of planet Earth!
And last but not least, the hosts of this year's tournament: Askri; El Hachimi, Benlamalem, Oulhaj, Karrouchy; Hafidi, Erraki, Moutaouali, Chtibi; Iajour, Guehi.
Here are the two teams, starting with the Bavarians: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Alaba; Lahm; Shaqiri, Kroos, Thiago, Ribery; Muller.
Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Club World Cup final between Bayern Munich and Raja Casablanca! I'm Livio Caferoglu and I'll be guiding you through all the twists and turns as they happen in Marrakech.
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