Friday, December 20, 2013

Bayern Munich vs Raja Casablanca Club World Cup December 21, 2013

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Competition: Club World Cup Morocco 2013, Final
Venue: Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech (Morocco)

As the only competitor who are not their continent’s reigning champions, few expected Faouzi Benzarti’s men to be the ones standing between the favourites and glory on Saturday. Raja opened the competition with a 2-1 win against Auckland City before upsetting African champions Al Ahly 2-1 after extra time. Then, they were favoured to be beaten by Atletico Mineiro - the Copa Libertadores champions featuring Ronaldinho - but Casablanca scored two late goals to clinch a 3-1 victory and earn a place in the final. Their run comes after a remarkable few weeks for the Moroccans, who saw coach Mohamed Fakhir depart days before the tournament started after a run of defeats.
Bayern are without the influential winger Arjen Robben and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. n their absence, Franck Ribery, Mario Goetze and Thiago Alcantara guided the attack of an offense that looked similar to coach Pep Guardiola's time at Barcelona, although with more direct passes and scoring chances. Raja Casablanca doesn’t seem to have notable absentees.

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