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Just In: Bayern lifts FIFA world club cup, take down CONCACAF champion, Tigres

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

European Champion, Bayern Munich, has lifted the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) club world cup after defeating Tigres UANL, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) champion, 1-0.

The trophy, which marked the sixth title lifted by the German club, was achieved following a close-range strike from France defender, Benjamin Pavard, midway through the second half of the Club World Cup final in Qatar.

During the match witnessed by more than 10,000 people in the crowd, mostly fans of Al-Ahly, the Egyptian side that had won the third-place play-off, who had stayed back after their team’s encounter, Bayern was not at their brilliant best, but they did just enough to fight off a spirited Tigres UANL side who played well throughout but lacked a real cutting edge when needed.

Tigres, the first North American club to reach the tournament’s final, registered just a solitary shot on target compared to the German side’s nine.

After the first half that ended in a goalless draw, Bayern resumed for the second 45 minutes of the game with more energy and they were rewarded in the 59th minute when Benjamin Pavard scored the only goal of Thursday’s final that was without their most prolific player, Thomas Muller, and defender, Jerome Boateng, for the match.

This is the eighth year in a row that the Champions League winners have gone on to win the Club World Cup, as Bayern follow in the footsteps of last year’s champions Liverpool.

Earlier on Thursday, Egypt’s Al-Ahly beat Brazil’s Palmeiras 3-2 on penalties to claim third position in the tournament.

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