Bayern Munich lifted the UEFA Super Cup on Thursday night, after beating Sevilla 2-1 in extra time in an entertaining clash played at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary.
Lucas Ocampos scored the opening goal early in the first half before Leon Goretzka equalized for the German giants just after the half-hour mark, with Javier Martinez stepping off the bench to score the winner.
The match got off to an entertaining start with both sides lively in the opening exchanges, and it did not take long for the opener.
With 12 minutes on the clock, David Alaba committed a rough foul inside the box, and Anthony Taylor stopped the game to consult with the VAR before pointing to the spot, much to the surprise of the Bayern players, who felt it was a harsh decision.
Ocampos then took a magnificent penalty, sending Manuel Neuer the wrong way with a no-look shot for a 1-0 lead.
The European champions then went all out in search of the equaliser, and came close on a number of occasions in the first period.
First, Thomas Muller missed a perfect chance to score on the 22nd minute, after he rose highest to meet an inch-perfect cross into the box, but he sent his header well over the bar.
Four minutes later, Benjamin Pavard lost his marker inside the box, only to shoot just wide of the left post after receiving a good pass.
The goal however came on the 34th minute as Goretzka unleashed a first-time shot from inside the box and beat the goalkeeper inside the left post.
Second half drama
Robert Lewandowski then scored after a good team play in the 51st minute, but his effort was ruled out for offside after a VAR check.
The match's tempo slowed down a little bit going into the last half-hour, with clear chances far between.
With two minutes of normal time, Youssef En Nesyri came close to winning it for Sevilla, after he ran to a loose pass inside the box and released a tremendous shot towards the bottom left corner, only for Neuer to make a world-class save and force a corner.
MANUEL NEUER, senhoras e senhores! 🐐 pic.twitter.com/8VeZLWBnlD— Bayern Galaxy (@BayernGaIaxy) September 24, 2020
With both sides unable to find the elusive winner, the match was forced into extra time.
Javier Martinez then delivered one more time in the Super Cup final, heading home the winner in the last minute of first-half extra time
With fatigue setting in, both sides slowed the tempo even further, and Bayern were happy to run rings around their opponents with the clock ticking.
The Germans held on to win the trophy, their second, in history, and start the season with yet another trophy.
The match also saw almost 20,000 fans allowed into the stadium for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak six months ago, which was a welcome relief to football lovers across the world.
Around 20,000 fans in attendance at the UEFA Super Cup 😍— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 24, 2020
Social distance measures are in place in Budapest 👌 pic.twitter.com/JxMw6ue84y
This was a pilot project from UEFA, who expect more fans to be allowed into the stadiums in the coming season.
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