Bayern Munich wins their sixth title in the last year thanks to a close-range strike from defender Pavard midway through the second half of the Club World Cup final in Qatar.
The German champions weren’t at their colourful best, but they did just enough to fight off a vibrant Tigres UANL side who played well throughout but lacked a real cutting edge when needed.
Next up for Bayern Munich is a return to Bundesliga action to face lowly Arminia Bielefeld at the Allianz Arena on Monday night whilst Tigres return to domestic action and play host to Cruz Azul next Thursday after their long flight home.
Pavard scored in the 59th minute following a VAR review and in front of around 12,000 fans allowed into Education City Stadium, after Tigres keeper, Nahuel Guzman had blocked a Robert Lewandowski header.
The Germans, who also hit the woodwork twice, won all domestic and European titles they contended for in 2020 and are the first team to match Barcelona’s sextuple from 2009.
It was also Bayern coach’s Hansi Flick’s sixth trophy since he took over in November 2019 – including the league, both domestic cups, Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup.
Only one team has managed such a feat – Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side of 2009-2010.
Tigres, who was the first North American club to reach the final, were pressed back by the high-attacking Bavarians throughout and only rarely managed to venture into the German half.
Bayern’s second Club World Cup title after 2013 means European clubs have now won the last eight consecutive finals.