Bayern win CWC to claim ‘six pack’

Afp, Al-Rayyan

13 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bayern win CWC to claim ‘six pack’

Bayern players celebrate their win in the FIFA Club World Cup final against Mexico's UANL Tigres at Education City Stadium in the Qatari city of Ar-Rayyan on Thursday. AFP PHOTO

Bayern Munich won the Club World Cup final in Qatar on Thursday as Benjamin Pavard's second-half winner sealed a 1-0 victory over Mexico's Tigres, the Germans claiming a "six pack" of titles within 12 months.

Pavard's close-range tap-in was enough to give European champions Bayern their sixth title in quick succession.

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.

Bayern are the second side to win all six available titles within a year after Barcelona managed the feat in 2009.

Hansi Flick's men had already won the Champions League, Bundesliga, German Cup, UEFA Super Cup and German Super Cup last season.

"It feels good to have the six pack -- six titles in a row is something very special for us," said Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski, who helped set up Pavard's goal.

"I think this is one of the biggest achievements in football, how we played will be remembered for a long time."

Since Flick took charge of Bayern in November 2019, the European champions have lost just five games, giving him more titles than defeats as boss.

"I hope there won't be any defeats in the near future and there will be more victories than defeats," said Flick.

Defeat meant heartbreak for Tigres, the first Mexican side to reach the Club World Cup final as CONCACAF champions.

Bayern were forced into two changes to their starting line-up after a double blow in the build-up.

Thomas Mueller dropped out after being quarantined having tested positive for Covid-19, while defender Jerome Boateng flew back to Germany for "personal reasons" amid reports his former girlfriend was found dead in Berlin.

"Thomas feels good, he has no symptoms," said Lewandowski.

Flick will give his squad two days off when they get back to Germany before Bayern's next Bundesliga game against strugglers Arminia Bielefeld on Monday.