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Benjamin Pavard’s VAR-assisted goal proved decisive as Bayern Munich beat Tigres UANL 1-0 to claim their second FIFA Club World Cup title.
Without influential Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng, Bayern worked through much of Thursday’s final in Qatar, without their usual efficiency in front of goal.
A tough offside decision by the VAR denied Joshua Kimmich the first half of the first half, but the technology helped Bayern in the 59th minute when he ordered referee Esteban Ostojich to overturn the decision to disallow Pavard’s goal by a Robert Lewandowski offside.
Tigres, the first North American team to reach the Club World Cup final, had a hopeful appeal dismissed shortly after Pavard’s effort, but failed to test Manuel Neuer when Bayern completed a six-trophy clean sweep over the course. of the last 12 months.
Kingsley Coman’s winner in last season’s Champions League final finally booked Bayern’s place in this tournament, but the winger backed away at an early opportunity after a brilliant start from Tigres.
Kimmich thought he had put Bayern ahead with a forceful effort in the 18th minute, only to have the goal disallowed as Lewandowski was offside, even though he barely interfered with play.
Tigres was caught by a short corner after half an hour, with Leroy Sane’s shot hitting the angle of the post and the crossbar.
However, the pressure finally said just before time. Lewandowski overcame the Tigres offside trap and went in for a header that Nahuel Guzmán directly rejected Pavard.
His final was initially rejected, but the VAR said the decision should be reversed.
Pavard almost went from hero to villain minutes later when he blocked Luis Quiñones’s center and it bounced off his arm, but officials fairly judged it to be a handball.
Tigres pushed for the draw, but only managed to get close to fitting in again: Corentin Tolisso had an effort on the post before Guzmán made a good save to deny Douglas Costa and Kimmich, while Bayern wrapped up the trophy they raised earlier in 2013.