Lewandowski goals send Bayern to CWC final

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Bayern Munich have reached the Club World Cup final where they will face Tigres after two goals from Robert Lewandowski gave the Champions League holders a 2-0 win over Al Ahly.

Bayern were firmly in control of their semi-final against the African champions and took the lead in the 17th minute when David Alaba cued up Lewandowski in the penalty area to hammer in a low shot.

World player of the year Lewandowski missed a chance when he sent a lob over the bar with only the goalkeeper to beat late in the first half but made up for it with a header off substitute Leroy Sane's cross in the 86th.

Al Ahly only managed a header from Taher Mohamed which was easily saved by Manuel Neuer.

In the final on Thursday, Hansi Flick's team will take on Mexican club Tigres, who beat Brazil's Palmeiras, the champions of South America, 1-0 on Sunday.

That made Tigres the first team from CONCACAF to reach a Club World Cup final.

Bayern coach Hansi Flick stressed that he was aware Bayern faced a tough challenge against Tigres, whose French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac has scored all three of their goals in the en route to the final.

"They're a very dynamic and athletic team and we will have to counter them well," he said.

"We've drawn the right conclusions from watching their game against Palmeiras."

Bayern are playing for what would be a sixth title in 12 months after they secured the German league and cup, the Champions League, and the German and European Super Cups.

The Club World Cup is typically a low-intensity way for the champions of Europe to add another trophy to their collection against opponents with comparatively miniscule budgets.

Bayern's only CWC title to date came in 2013 - with victory over Raja Casablanca of Morocco in the final - started a run of seven consecutive wins by European teams.

They did win the Intercontinental Cup, the predecessor to the CWC, in 1976, 2001 and 2013.

Playing in Qatar meant a dramatic change of temperature for Bayern.

The Bundesliga giants played in driving snow at Hertha Berlin on Friday before flying to the gas-rich Middle Eastern nation, where daytime temperatures in recent days have been close to 30C.

Al Ahly will play off for the third-place against Palmeiras on Thursday.