Bayern-Tigres: when young Davies was a fan of Gignac

Bayern Munich has an appointment with the Tigers, this Thursday in Qatar, in the final of the Club World Cup (7 p.m.). The opportunity for Alphonso Davies to cross paths with André-Pierre Gignac. The two players met in the Concacaf Champions League four years ago. The 16-year-old Canadian side was playing in Vancouver at the time. And he took the opportunity to scratch the jersey of the Blues striker.

It’s a match that can allow Bayern Munich to enter a bit of legend. After having achieved a dazzling quintuplet in 2020 (Champions League, German Championship and Cup, German European Supercup), the Bavarian club has the opportunity to lift a new trophy. The players of Hans-Dieter Flick have an appointment with the Tigers, this Thursday in Qatar, in the final of the Club World Cup (7 p.m.). To afford a second coronation in the competition, after that of 2013, they will have to overcome the Mexican team, winner of the Concacaf Champions League last year.

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This poster, programmed at the Education City Stadium in Doha (one of the stadiums selected to host the 2022 World Cup), will allow Alphonso Davies to cross paths with André-Pierre Gignac again. The two players have already faced each other four years ago, in the semi-finals of the Concacaf Champions League. The 16-year-old left-back played with the Vancouver Whitecaps. And he took advantage of the double confrontation to recover the jersey of the striker of the France team. Young Davies, born in a Liberian refugee camp in Ghana and arrived in Canada at age 5, then posed with the precious tunic in the locker room. Very happy, as recalled by his former club by recently reposting the photo on the networks.

Gignac decisive scorer

On the ground, the duel had gone less well, however. In the first leg, Vancouver lost 2-0 at Estadio Universitario in northeast Mexico. With Davies titular as a right winger and Gignac at the forefront. On the return, the Tigers came to win in southwestern Canada (1-2). On the bench at kick-off, Davies came into play in the 10th after the injury of the American Brek Shea, author of the opener. Gignac scored a decisive goal by equalizing on the hour mark.

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Arrived free in 2015, after his departure from OM, the former striker of the Blues (36 caps) has become a real idol in the state of Nuevo Leon. In 246 games with the Tigers, the 35-year-old center forward has scored 147 goals and delivered 35 assists. Recruited in January 2019 by Bayern (10 million euros), Davies has established himself as one of the best full-backs on the planet in Bavaria. The Canadian international (17 caps) is known to set his left lane on fire. What to expect an explosive reunion. With, perhaps, a new exchange of shirts to the key.

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