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Guangzhou’s mildfielder Xuri Zhao (right), vies for the ball against Bayern Munich’s Austrian midfielder David Alaba during their FIFA Club World Cup semi-final football match
Bayern cruise into Club WC final Monterrey beat Al-Ahly to finish 5th

AGADIR, Morocco, Dec 18, (Agencies): European champions Bayern Munich booked their place in the Club World Cup final with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande in Tuesday’s semifinal in Agadir. Goals by France winger Franck Ribery, Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic and Germany star Mario Goetze saw the German giants through to Saturday’s final in Marrakech, Morocco. “We totally dominated and we wanted to reach the final to spare ourselves the third-place play-off,” said Bayern captain Philipp Lahm. “We want the title, that is our task here.” Likewise, Ribery inisted Bayern did not come to north Africa to see the sights. “We’re in the final, we’re professionals and we want to win in Morocco,” he said. Already twice a winner of the Club World Cup title with his former club Barcelona, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola is on course for a third global crown as his German champions swept aside Marcello Lippi’s Guangzhou.

Having become the first German team to win the treble of European, Bundesliga and domestic cup titles, Bayern are closing in on their fifth title of 2013 having won UEFA’s Super Cup by beating Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out in August. But Guardiola made a point of praising predecessor Jupp Heynckes who coached the treble-winning team, breaking or equalling 25 Bundesliga records in the process. “Jupp deserves to be here, to reach the final is a huge achievement, but you only get here by winning a lot of matches and some big tournaments,” said Guardiola. “He steered Bayern to the Champions League title last season, so this is for him. “Marcello Lippi’s teams are always well organizsd, but my side dserved to make the final.” Lippi, World Cup winning coach with Italy in 2006, said that the many different roles Bayern’s players could fill and that all of them were capable of scoring was a crucial difference. “There you see the real difference between the best club in the world and the rest,” said the 65-year-old Italian. “All their players can fill any position, and they were superior in all areas.

“We were not able to disrupt Bayern’s game atall, that is why they are also the best team in the world.” Bayern began in dominant fashion and never let up at Agadir Stadium with Thiago hitting the post and Toni Kroos hitting the woodwork early on and it was only a matter of time before the Chinese defence buckled. Goal-line technology, being showcased at the Club World Cup and set to be used at next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil, clearly proved Kroos’ 25th-minute shot, had bounced off the crossbar and onto the line, not over it. Ribery, on the shortlist with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or, got the breakthrough Bayern craved when he drilled his shot past Guangzhou goalkeeper Zeng Cheng on 44 minutes. A second followed four minutes later when Thiago swung in a pin-point cross across the goal face where Mandzukic finished it off with a diving header to make it 2-0 at the break. With 47 minutes on the clock, Goezte put the result beyond doubt when he smashed in a long-range shot which gave Zeng no chance.

Meanwhile, Monterrey of Mexico thrashed Egypt’s Al-Ahly 5-1 Wednesday to finish fifth at the Club World Cup. Neri Cardozo opened the scoring for the CONCACAF champions after three minutes before Al-Ahly’s Emad Meteab equalized in the eighth for the African champions. But Monterrey rolled over its opponent from there with goals from Cesar Delgado, Leobardo Lopez, and Humberto Suarez helping build a big lead by halftime. Delgado capped the rout with his second in the 65th to become the continental tournament’s all-time leading scorer.
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Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has dropped another heavy hint that he plans to join Bayern Munich in 2014 by responding in Bavarian to a question about his future. “Schaun mer mal (‘let’s wait and see’ in Bavarian),” Lewandowski told German daily Bild when asked about a possible move to rivals Bayern Munich. The 25-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has been repeatedly linked to a move to European champions Bayern. The Poland striker is set to make an announcement about his future in January, when he is expected to confirm his move to Munich for next season.

Bayer Leverkusen has signed South Korea Under-20 international Ryu Seung-woo on a one-year loan from Jeju United. The Bundesliga club says it has an option to sign Ryu to a full contract. He will join the club during the winter break. Ryu joins countryman Son Heung-min in the ranks of the second-placed Bundesliga club.

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