When Bayern beat Boca in the Intercontinental Cup
November 27, 2016
This day in football history
On 27 November 2001, Bayern Munich won the Intercontinental Cup with an extra-time goal against defending champions Boca Juniors, who had been reduced to 10 men.
Boca had beaten Real Madrid the previous year and were hoping to repeat as champions. Playing at the National Stadium in Tokyo, they had the better chances in the first half, with attempts from Cristian Traverso and Marcelo Delgado, but both teams went into the break scoreless.
Just after the restart, Delgado received a second yellow card for diving, taking Boca down to 10 men. Despite the imbalance, Bayern could not crack their defense and the match remained deadlocked at 0–0 through regulation.
Finally, in the 109th minute, Bayern center back Samuel Kuffour scored off a corner kick. The ball initially fell to Claudio Pizarro, but his header was cleared off the line. After pinballing around the goalmouth, the rebound came to Kuffour, who knocked it home for the deciding goal and Bayern won 1–0.