Bayern Munich 2 Sevilla 1 UEFA Super Cup 2020 final Review
UEFA Super Cup 2020 final report
Bayern Munich 2 Sevilla 1 – Ferenc Puskas Arena – Budapest – September 25,2020
Bayern lift Super Cup; Martinez heads winner in extra-time
The atmosphere at the Puskas Arena almost returned to pre-pandemic levels as over 15,000 fans showed up for the UEFA Super Cup finals between Bayern Munich and Sevilla.
With only one omission from the team that won the Champions League in the form of defender Alphonso Davies, the Bavarians were made to work hard but there was little doubt about who would emerge victors.
However, it was the Europa League winners who were the first ahead when Ivan Rakitic was spotted being pulled back by David Alaba inside the area and official Anthony Taylor had no hesitation in awarding a penalty.
Lucas Ocampos, Sevilla's prime scorer for 2020-21, coolly sent Manuel Neuer the wrong way with his spot kick giving his side an early lead in the 13th minute.
The European champions didn't have to wait long for the equalizer as Thomas Muller's long pass found Robert Lewandowski who instinctively pulled a lay-off for Leon Goretzka to finish it off with a simple side-footer in the 34th minute.
Bayern could have easily gone ahead after the break but Lewandowski was found fractionally offside while executing his strike. Sevilla survived another scare when Leroy
Sane's goal was disallowed by Taylor for a foul committed by Lewandowski in leading upto Sane's attempt.The match could have very well ended in the Spanish side's favour when Youssef En-Nesyri ran clean through on goal.
With just Manuel Neuer to beat, the substitute saw his low shot turned behind for a corner by the Bayern keeper.
The Bavarians dominated proceedings in extra time and it came as no surprise when Javi Martinez found the winner for the German side.
The 32-year old Spaniard who is on the threshold of a move to Athletic Bilbao, found ample space to head in a rebound off goalkeeper Yassine Bounou from a Alaba's volley to give Bayern the winning goal with only 16 minutes to go for the 120-minute finish.
Quite co-incidentally it was Martinez who had scored in extra time in Bayern's previous Super Cup final win seven years ago in 2013.
The victory at Budapesh was Hansi Flick's third major silverware of the season and the 33rd unbeaten game on the trot across all competitions.On the other hand, the loss on Thrursday night meant the end of a 21-match unbeaten run for Julen Lopetegui's Sevilla.
The return of fans was encouraging although they turned up in vastly reduced numbers with them observing social distancing, wearing masks and undergoing temperature checks before the game.
There was an element of anxiety in the air as the match was held amidst a second wave of COVID-19 with Hungarian cases at record highs.
Bayern Munich team line-up: Neuer (goal); Pavard, Hernandez, Sule, Alaba, Sane, Goretzka, Kimmich, Gnabry, Muller, Lewandowski.
Sevilla team line-up: Bounou(goal); Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Escudero, Jordan, Rakitic, Fernando; Suso, De Jong, Ocampos
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