|(Football) Bayern hammer Guangzhou Evergrande
Bayern Munich closed in on their fifth trophy of 2013 by brushing aside China’s Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 in Morocco yesterday to reach the Club World Cup final.
Franck Ribery and Mario Mandzukic scored first-half goals to break open the Asian champion's disciplined defense, and the Germans never relented as Mario Goetze added the third in the second half.
“We dominated the game,'' said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, who won two Club World Cup titles with Barcelona. “And when that happens the opponent can't [play] his game.''
The Champions League winners will face either Atletico Mineiro of Brazil or Moroccan champion Raja Casablanca in Saturday's final. Atletico, led by Ronaldinho, play the local favorite in Marrakech Wednesday.
Bayern are bidding to win their first Club World Cup after having twice won the tournament when it was the Intercontinental Cup.
Bayern, who are looking to add to their haul of Bundesliga, German Cup, Champions League and European Super Cup titles, also ensured that the European champion reached the final for the 10th time in as many editions.
Bayern controlled play from the outset although Guangzhou showed a few flashes of danger on counterattacks through Dario Conca and Muriqui, whose poor touch wasted a chance to go clean on goalkeeper Manuel Neuer early on.
With a small contingent of Bayern fans among the 27,311 fans at the Agadir Stadium, cheers went up as Thiago Alcantara chested down a cross but swiped his 11th-minute effort off the post.
Toni Kroos rattled a hard shot off the underside of the crossbar in the 25th before Ribery forced Zeng into a low save as momentum built toward the opening goal.
Thiago had an effort cleared but the ball fell to Ribery, who smashed a low volley inside the far post in the 40th.
Four minutes later, Mandzukic dove low to head Thiago's cross into goal for 2-0.
Bayern maintained that momentum after the break as Goetze saw his shot from outside the area deflect off defender Sun Xiang over Zeng in the 47th.
Ribery found the crossbar again from a tight angle in the 67th before Zeng pushed Philipp Lahm's close-range effort off the crossbar in the waning moments.