Bayern Munich, winner of the Champions League last summer by beating PSG in the final (1-0), is club world champion by the same score. And it is his French defender Benjamin Pavard, scorer this Thursday evening at the Education Stadium of Al Rayyan in Qatar, who was the architect.
In addition to Pavard, the Bavarian club, crowned for the second time after its world title in 2013, can also thank the VAR which validated after viewing the Munich goal which had been refused for an offside at first. Author of his first goal this season, Pavard was average, especially defensively. Just like the delicate period he is going through now.
Kingsley Coman, on the left flank, and Lucas Hernandez, placed in central defense, for their part delivered a good part, in line with the overall performance of Bayern very largely domineering throughout the meeting.
Already in the first half, the Germans thought they would gain the advantage on a powerful cross strike from Kimmich into Guzman’s small right net. But, after resorting to the VAR, the goal was invalidated for an offside position of Lewandowski (18th).
As for André-Pierre Gignac, exiled in Mexico since 2015 and a true idol of the country, he could not offer a historic triumph to the Tigers, the first Mexican club in the final of the competition. Very active and far-sighted during the rare Mexican highlights, the international tricolor, 35, three goals in the final tournament, only sent the thrill on one occasion, on an attempt at an acrobatic return, but largely missed. (83rd).