FIFA Club World Cup 2013: Bayern Munich vs. Raja Casablanca Result and Key Men

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistDecember 22, 2013

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO - DECEMBER 21:  The FC Bayern Munchen players celebrate after winning the FIFA Club World Cup after the FIFA Club World Cup Final match between FC Bayern Munchen v Raja Casablanca at Marrakech Stadium on December 21, 2013 in Marrakech, Morocco.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Toyota)
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Bayern Munich's prolific 2013 calendar was given a just sending off this weekend after the European titans were crowned as FIFA Club World Cup champions, defeating hosts Raja Casablanca 2-0 in Marrakech.

As Champions League title holders, Pep Guardiola's side had the advantage of coming into the competition at the semi-final stage. But they still showed their class over the course of their two outings, boasting an aggregate scoreline of 5-0.

BT Sport's Archie Rhind-Tutt confirmed Bayern's global dominance:

Saturday's final saw Dante and Thiago Alcantara provide the difference for the Bavarian bruisers, who now have five major titles to their names from the last 12 months, including the Bundesliga title, European Super Cup, DFB-Pokal crown and the aforementioned Champions League.

With so much talent swimming about in Die Roten's squad, read on for a breakdown of who impressed most in the Moroccan finale.


Key Players

Thiago Alcantara

Thiago with the Under-21 European Championship
Thiago with the Under-21 European ChampionshipAlex Grimm/Getty Images

Thiago Alcantara couldn't have hoped for much more climactic conditions in which to score his first goal as a Bayern Munich player than in the final of an international tournament.

The Spaniard's start to life in Munich has been rocked by injury, but a calmly side-footed finish from just inside the area on Saturday served as small vindication to allay any fears over the playmaker's potential impact in Germany.

Thiago contributed a Man-of-the-Match display irrespective of his finish, however. With characteristically cool passing, often given a rapid twist at times, he turned into threat after threat when pushing forward with the ball.


Philipp Lahm

With Rafinha deputising at right-back, Philipp Lahm came into Guardiola's engine room not for the first time this season, handling his duties with aplomb.

As the deepest lying member of Guardiola's midfield formation, the Munich veteran handled the majority of Bayern's messier responsibilities, distributing simple passes among his fellow playmakers and defenders alike.

Arguably no other player was as consistent as Lahm on the night, and although several Raja Casablanca breaks were permitted to slip past the utility, his usefulness in this midfield role was once again on display for all to see.


Jerome Boateng

Although it was centre-back partner Dante who raked in the plaudits for getting on the scoresheet, it was Jerome Boateng who provided the more stable presence in the heart of Guardiola's defence.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Jerome Boateng of Bayern Muenchen celebrates after winning the UEFA Champions League final match against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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In fact, considering it was the former Hamburg and Manchester City stopper who got the necessary flick-on for his Brazilian teammate to score, Boateng arguably had as great of an offensive impact, regardless of who ended up putting the ball in the back of the net.

Earlier this month, the 25-year-old was rewarded with a new contract for his ongoing rise through the Bayern ranks, as confirmed by FIFA's official Twitter account:

Although Raja Casablanca will be far from the most difficult opposition that the defender comes across during his days as part of Der FCB's line-up, it's performances such as these that will inspire confidence at the Allianz Arena.


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