Two days off are the reward for the beaming, but also very accomplished winners of the Club World Cup: Bayern coach Hansi Flick decreed calm. Two days on which his players should really realize and enjoy their triumph in the final against the Mexican club Tigres UANL (1-0). Because despite all the justified criticism of the hosting of the Club World Cup in the Corona risk area Qatar, the doubts whether this cup is so important in this pandemic, the Munich team has achieved something historical: FC Bayern is only the second club after FC Barcelona, who wins all possible six titles in one season.
The people of Munich are German champions, DFB Cup winners, German Supercup winners, Champions League winners, have won the European Supercup and are now also club world champions – and thus officially the best football team in the world.
The 55-year-old succeeds after less than one and a half years in office, during which he was jazzed up from temporary to acclaimed head coach. In his only 68th game as a Bayern coach, he won the ultimate title win that only Josep Guardiola had before him in 2009. “This is a huge success.”
Video wizard is not checking enough details
But there will also be two days in which the club will have to deal with criticism and polemics. Because there are doubts as to how the victory came about. In Mexico, some even believe in a stolen title for their club.
The excitement is great, even if Tigres coach Ricardo Ferretti congratulated fairly: “You were superior and deserved to win.”
Sure, Benjamin Pavard scored a goal in the 59th minute. With a bit of luck he came after a defense by Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman on the ball and was able to net into the empty goal with his right.
The video assistant then checked for more than two minutes whether Robert Lewandowski, who had the ball on his head that Guzman was just able to fend off, was offside. But no, everything is correct. And yet the former Bundesliga referee Thorsten Kinhöfer said on “Bild Live”:
The winning goal was “irregular”.
However, it was not about a possible offside, as Alex Feuerherdt, our referee expert from “Collinas Erben” emphasizes: “Lewandowski was not offside in front of Pavard’s goal. But there was a handball from him immediately before the assist,” he says via Twitter. “Completely unintentional and unintentional, of course, but that is irrelevant in such a case. Lucky for FC Bayern that the VAR did not notice it.”
The basis for this is the regulation of handball, there it says: “An offense has occurred if a player or a teammate touches the ball with his hand / arm (whether intentionally or not) and immediately afterwards hits the opponent’s goal.”
The broadcaster Fox Sport Mexico therefore wrote on Twitter of a “polemical goal”.
“Not the worst for the FC Bayern brand”
One that Lewandowski did not shoot, but in which he was more than pioneering. Earlier in the game, the world footballer had scored against it, but: “In the 19th minute, the VAR was completely correct, because Lewandowski’s offside position was punishable,” said “Collina’s heirs”.
The reason: “Lewandowski took action because he was only able to dodge the ball with great difficulty and thus clearly influenced the goalkeeper’s ability to play the ball.”
The game ended without a goal of his own by Lewandowski, who was then named a player in the Club World Cup. In the semifinals against Al-Ahly he had scored both goals for a 2-0 win. His joy over the trophy, which has been decried as the least important title of the season, is enormous: “Now we have the six-pack, that’s a big story. It’s something special.”
The title, which incidentally received a € 4.12 million premium, was “not the worst for the FC Bayern brand”. And how the sixth title was bagged, FC Bayern can not help.
The fault lies with the video referee, who, according to Kinhöfer, caused the “taste” by “the final of the Club World Cup being decided by an irregular goal”.