AL-RAYYAN, Qatar: Bayern Munich advanced to the Club World Cup final after goals in each half by Robert Lewandowski sealed a 2-0 victory over African champions Al Ahly in Monday’s (Tuesday in Manila) semifinal.
The European champions face Tigres in the final on Thursday after the Mexican club saw off Brazilian giants Palmeiras in Sunday’s (Monday in Manila) other semifinal.
“It was a very good match and we’re ready for the final,” Lewandowski said.
He gave Bayern the lead with just 17 minutes gone at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, a host venue for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Poland star then headed home a pinpoint Leroy Sane cross four minutes before the whistle to book Bayern’s place in the final.
Lewandowski, the Bundesliga’s top scorer, has now scored 29 goals in 27 club matches this season.
Bayern is bidding to become only the second team after Barcelona in 2009 to win all six domestic and international titles up for grabs in one season.
The German giants lifted the Bundesliga, German Cup, Champions League, German Cup and UEFA Super Cup trophies in 2020.
“We want to claim another title — title number six during this season,” Lewandowski added.
The European champions ended Ahly’s 32-match unbeaten run in all competitions under their South African-born coach Pitso Mosimane.