After goals in each half by Robert Lewandowski sealed a 2-0 win over African champions Al Ahly in Monday’s semi-final, Bayern Munich advanced to the Club World Cup final.
In the final on Thursday, the European champions face Tigres after the Mexican club saw off Brazilian giants Palmeiras in another semi-final on Sunday.
Lewandowski said, “It was a very good match and we’re ready for the final,”
With just 17 minutes to go at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, the host venue for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he gave Bayern the lead.
Four minutes before the whistle, the Polish star then headed home a pinpoint Leroy Sane cross to book Bayern’s place in the final.
In 27 club matches this season, Lewandowski, the Bundesliga’s top scorer, has now scored 29 goals.
After Barcelona in 2009, Bayern is bidding to become just the second team to win all six national and foreign titles in one season for grabs.
The Bundesliga, German Cup, Champions League, German Cup, and UEFA Super Cup trophies were won by the German giants in 2020.
During this season, we want to claim another title — title number six, “We want to claim another title — title number six during this season. This is the World Cup, which is always a very special occurrence. I hope we can play even better in the final and that we will have more goalscoring chances.”
Under their South African-born coach, Pitso Mosimane, the European champions ended Ahly’s 32-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.
As the Germans enjoyed 70 percent possession, the African Champions League winners struggled to get close to the Bayern target.
Lewandowski put Bayern ahead with a crisp finish from a Serge Gnabry pass, despite the efforts of two defenders lunging to block his attempt.