Initial reactions and observations:
- Tigres really played a good match today. Although they focused on keeping the score 0:0, Bayern managed to put one past their keeper.
- Lewandowski was closed off almost the entire match, and Bayern struggled without Thomas Muller.
- Bayern’s defense was stable tonight. There was a short period of time when Tigres attacked, and to be fair, Bayern’s defense was shaky, but the Bavarian side managed to finish the tournament without a conceded goal.
- Bayern should have scored more.
Fulltime! Bayern Munich 1:0 Tigres
81’ — Corentin Tolisso hits the post from a long distance shot!
73’ — Douglas Costa, Jamal Musiala, and Choupo-Moting come in for Kingsley Coman, Leroy Sane, and Robert Lewandowski
70’ — Tigres trying to score a goal and the match finally opened up a little. In the meantime, Corentin Tolisso came in for Serge Gnabry.
61’ — After VAR check, the goal stands, and Benjamin Pavard is the scorer
60’ — Bayern score a goal, but it was ruled offside yet again.
45’ — Kickoff! Second half begins
Halftime observations and analysis:
- Tigres are playing really well, especially in front of their goal. Their defense is very dense and is quite hard to pass by. Their playing style resembles the one of Atletico Madrid.
- Bayern also played a good first half, but there is a feeling that they could have capitalized already.
- Bayern’s midfield looks a bit nervous and can’t get a grip on this match.
- Lukas Hernandez looks good playing as LCB, but he still has to work on his passing. That’s probably the reason why Hansi Flick prefers David Alaba.
Halftime: Bayern Munich 0:0 Tigres
43’ — Match tempo slowed down a bit as the end of the first half is approaching.
34’ — Leroy Sane hits the post!
32’ — Tigres defending well, but Bayern needs to get better in the final third. Both sides are careful not to concede a goal on the counter-attack.
20’ — No goal! Robert Lewandowski, who was offside, touched the ball
18’ — GOAL! Joshua Kimmich scores a beautiful long-range goal
10’ — Both teams are careful when going forward, but Bayern has better chances.
One hour before kickoff: We have lineups!
It’s been a long time since Bayern Munich were here last. After seven years away, the Bavarians finally get to contest the final of the FIFA Club World Cup again. This time, it’s Tigres UANL who stand between Hansi Flick and the sixth title of his Bayern career.
Bayern are without some key players for this tie — chief among them Leon Goretzka and Jerome Boateng. With two major parts of the puzzle missing, Flick must rely on his mainstays to keep things running smoothly. That means Robert Lewandowski needs to show up with the goals, Joshua Kimmich has to control the midfield, Manuel Neuer keeps the defense in check, and
Thomas Muller does Thomas Muller things hoping someone can step into Muller’s boots.
Tigres, for their part, will probably look to defend in numbers and try to hurt Bayern on the counter — a tactic straight out of Simeone’s playbook. They already beat South American champs Palmeiras doing exactly that, so Bayern need to be wary of getting Atletico’d. After the game against Al Ahly, Flick said his team needed to put on a better display for the final, so hopefully the boys have something left in the tank for this one.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Education City Stadium, Ar Rayyan, Qatar
Time: 9:00 pm local time, 1:30 pm EST
TV/streaming: FS2, Find Your Country
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