The Club World Cup Final
Sunday 13th December 2015 – Club World Cup Final – Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul – Att. 77,644
: Welcome to Seoul for the Club World Cup Final. I am Glenn Tham and Jeremy Pauker as our guest pundit joins me tonight. This is the first time we are seeing Olympique Lyonnais in this competition after seeing them lift the Champions League trophy against Liverpool. Tell me Jeremy how do you think they have been playing so far this season.
: Well you only have to look at their league form to give you an idea of how strong they have been. They stand top and unbeaten after a great run of form and to be honest I cant see Corinthians causing any real trouble tonight. Lyon have already won the UEFA Super Cup and look well on their way to winning another league title.
: I am just hearing the managers have confirmed the lineups so let’s have a quick look.
: What are your thoughts? Lyon are having to play a bit of a makeshift back 3 because of injures and that has meant Ulrik Yttergard Jenssen comes in along side Prince Boateng and Kyle Gonzalez.
: Apart from a suspect back 3, Lyon look absolutely unbeatable in midfield and up front. Asamoah has been an absolutely brilliant signing, on a free as well, and Benzia is really having a superb season. Allione is one of the many shining stars at the club and I cant wait to see him over the next few years.
: I think Lyon’s midfield is one of the best in France and Europe at the moment! Corinthians have Lyon old boy Lucas Zen, Paulinho and Renato Augusto who will all attempt to influence the game. They will look to Cassio to have a big game today but in all honestly this Brazilian team won’t be able to handle the team. It’s time to hand over to commentator Arvind Krishna who will take us through the 90 minutes.
: Good evening everyone out there. I’m looking forward to this and hope we have a cracker of a match! The teams are out, national anthems have been sung and Yassine Benzia and Alexandre Lacazette await the referee’s whistle.
1’ – And we’re off with Lyon kicking from left to right this half.
2’ – Danger!! Grenier
has a chance from a freekick, slightly left of central about 23 yards out. He runs up, over the wall but comfortable for Cassio
4’ – Grenier
in the thick of things and has now been booked.
10’ – Asamoah
is the 2nd name in the book and Lyon need to be careful here.
21’ – Benzia
hits the post from a header and it looks like Cassio
got fingertips on that. A great save!
22’ – 1 minute later and we have our first goal. Alexandre Lacazette
was nudged in the box and he went down. It looked a bit soft but there was contact and he steps up to cooly slot it home, straight down the middle. Lyon lead 1 – 0.
26’ – Corinthians seem frustrated and Villagra
is booked for a late tackle on Tom Ince
38’ – The Brazilian team have the ball in the net but it has been ruled out for a push and Paulinho
picks up a booking for his protests.
45’ – End of the first half and a bit of a tame opening 45 minutes. Let’s hope it spices up in the 2nd half! Lyon lead 1-0.
45’ – Corinthians get us underway but immediately they lose the ball with Benzia
racing on and closing down the back pass. He intercepts, rounds the keeper and taps it in for an easy finish. Great anticipation from the 20 year old! 2 – 0 Lyon.
51’ – Junior
with a great chance to grab a goal for Corinthians but Ruddy
stands tall and beats the ball away. Great save from the Englishman.
57’ – Renato Augusto
unlucky not to score with a thundering long range drive. An absolute scorcher and Ruddy
was beaten all ends up.
70’ – Apart from the goal this half has been dominated by Corinthians and it’s Junior
with a long drive that Ruddy
holds on to. Corinthians knocking but can’t break down the door yet.
78’ – Sidnei
absolutely clatters in to Lacazette
and is booked. Lucky to be on the pitch as he could have been booked for the penalty.
90’ – And that has all but wrapped it up. Alexandre Lacazette
with a powering header from Tom Ince’s
cross scores the 3rd Lyon goal.
90+4’ – There goes the final whistle and Olympique Lyonnais, perhaps not as comfortably as they would have liked, have won the FIFA Club World Cup and Remi Garde
just carries on bringing the trophies in!
: Well that is it from me in the commentary box. A great game and we have 1st time winners Lyon going home with the trophy! Back to Glenn and Jeremy in the studio.
: Thanks Arvind. Well looking back on that 90 minutes the result was never in doubt and Lyon came away with the win. Who was the man of the match and tournament for you Jeremy?
: Well man of the match has to be Lacazette. He’s been tremendous these last 2 seasons and with 2 goals tonight he deserves it. Man of the tournament for me is Augustin Allione though. His 2 goals in the semi finals and his wing play today was brilliant and there is a lot to come from him as he’s only 21!
: That wraps up the programme for us tonight and the Club World Cup for another year. Will we see Lyon defend their trophy? The form they are in it looks like a real possibility! From us here at FMScout Sports 1, goodnight!