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Dec 17, 2013

Soccer-Bayern make light work of Guangzhou

AGADIR, Morocco, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich made predictably light work of Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande, dispatching the Chinese side 3-0 in their Club World Cup semi-final and hitting the woodwork five times on Tuesday.

Guangzhou, coached by Italy World Cup winner Marcello Lippi, held out for 40 minutes, gifted the European champions two soft goals in quick succession, conceded another right after halftime and defended heroically in the second half to keep the score respectable.

Dec 17, 2013

Bayern stroll to easy win over Guangzhou at Club Cup

AGADIR, Morocco (Reuters) – Bayern Munich made predictably light work of Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande, dispatching the Chinese side 3-0 in their Club World Cup semi-final and hitting the woodwork five times on Tuesday.

Franck Ribery and Mario Mandzukic, aided by poor defending, scored twice in a five-minute spell before halftime to put Bayern in control and Mario Goetze completed the win early in the second half against determined but lightweight opponents.

Dec 17, 2013

Soccer-Bayern stroll to easy win over Guangzhou at Club Cup

AGADIR, Morocco, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich made predictably light work of Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande, dispatching the Chinese side 3-0 in their Club World Cup semi-final and hitting the woodwork five times on Tuesday.

Franck Ribery and Mario Mandzukic, aided by poor defending, scored twice in a five-minute spell before halftime to put Bayern in control and Mario Goetze completed the win early in the second half against determined but lightweight opponents.

Dec 16, 2013

Lippi faces biggest challenge in his time with Guangzhou

AGADIR, Morocco (Reuters) – Having swept all before him as coach of Guangzhou Evergrande, Marcello Lippi faces one of the biggest challenges of his career on Tuesday when the champions of Asia take on Bayern Munich in the Club World Cup.

The Italian coach is determined to make life as difficult as possible for the European champions, whose players said on Monday they know little about the Chinese team, in their semi-final despite a huge gulf in class.

Dec 16, 2013

Soccer-Lippi faces biggest challenge in his time with Guangzhou

AGADIR, Morocco, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Having swept all before him as coach of Guangzhou Evergrande, Marcello Lippi faces one of the biggest challenges of his career on Tuesday when the champions of Asia take on Bayern Munich in the Club World Cup.

The Italian coach is determined to make life as difficult as possible for the European champions, whose players said on Monday they know little about the Chinese team, in their semi-final despite a huge gulf in class.

Dec 16, 2013

Guardiola guards against dangers posed by Lippi’s Guangzhou

AGADIR, Morocco (Reuters) – Few things worry Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola more than a team of underdogs coached by an Italian, making him especially wary of Tuesday’s Club World Cup semi-final against Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Asian and Chinese champions are managed by Marcello Lippi and, although Guardiola has never faced the Italian World Cup winner as a coach, the alarm bells are ringing.

Dec 16, 2013

Soccer-Guardiola guards against dangers posed by Lippi’s Guangzhou

AGADIR, Morocco, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Few things worry Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola more than a team of underdogs coached by an Italian, making him especially wary of Tuesday’s Club World Cup semi-final against Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Asian and Chinese champions are managed by Marcello Lippi and, although Guardiola has never faced the Italian World Cup winner as a coach, the alarm bells are ringing.

Dec 16, 2013

Raja hope madcap keeper won’t take another walk on wild side

AGADIR, Morocco (Reuters) – Raja Casablanca fans are hoping wildly unpredictable goalkeeper Khalid Askri can curb his eccentric side when their team face Ronaldinho’s Atletico Mineiro in Wednesday’s Club World Cup semi-final.

The 32-year-old won the man of the match award against Monterrey in Saturday’s quarter-final after one of the most important performances of a career marked by some truly bizarre incidents.

Dec 16, 2013

Soccer-Raja hope madcap keeper won’t take another walk on wild side

AGADIR, Morocco, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Raja Casablanca fans are hoping wildly unpredictable goalkeeper Khalid Askri can curb his eccentric side when their team face Ronaldinho’s Atletico Mineiro in Wednesday’s Club World Cup semi-final.

The 32-year-old won the man of the match award against Monterrey in Saturday’s quarter-final after one of the most important performances of a career marked by some truly bizarre incidents.

Dec 15, 2013

Bayern not taking Club World Cup lightly

AGADIR, Morocco (Reuters) – European teams are often perceived as treating the Club World Cup as a mid-season inconvenience but Bayern Munich insisted on Sunday they were happy to be in Morocco and ready for the challenge.

“We are fully motivated and we have come here to win this cup,” goalkeeper Manuel Neuer told reporters. “It goes without saying that we will go into the tournament with the right attitude.