Bayern defeat Sevilla after extra time to win Super Cup

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - SEPTEMBER 24: Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich lifts the UEFA Super Cup trophy as he and team mates celebrate victory over FC Sevilla at Puskas Arena on September 24, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. 20,000 fans have been allowed into the ground as COVID-19 restrictions ease. (Photo by Tullio Puglia - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Bayern Munich were taken to extra time by a durable and resilient Sevilla in front 15,180 fans in Budapest before adding the Uefa Super Cup to their Champions League trophy.

The game was watched by supporters inside the 67,000-capacity Puskas Arena, the first major European match to allow fans since the coronavirus pandemic forced the game into lockdown.

And they witnessed a hard-fought encounter which saw Sevilla take the lead from the penalty spot on 13 minutes when Lucas Ocampos scored an outrageous “no look” penalty after Ivan Rakitic was bundled over by David Alaba.

Bayern equalised before the break, Leon Goretzka scoring from Robert Lewandowski’s superb touch, both were presented with opportunities to win after the break.

Lewandowski and Leroy Sane saw goals chalked off for Bayern but the biggest chance fell to Sevilla substitute Youssef En-Nesyri in the closing moments, seeing his shot touched away by Manuel Neuer with only the keeper to beat.

Bayern, who last lost in December 2019, clinched victory with substitute Javi Martinez’s 104th-minute header after Sevilla keeper Yassine Bounou could only push out Alaba’s shot.

Javi Martinez of FC Bayern Munich celebrates after scoring his team’s scond goal during the UEFA Super Cup match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Sevilla (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich had to dig deep for victory but there is a fierce conviction in Hansi Flick’s side that made this win almost inevitable, despite another strong effort from Sevilla, who had that great chance late on through En-Nesyri.

The European champions, who left the likes of Alphonso Davies out of their starting line-up, looked a little ring rusty despite opening their defence of the Bundesliga with an 8-0 win against Schalke.

There were still glimpses of the class and threat of Lewandowski and the pace and directness Sane will bring after his move from Manchester City.

Bayern have the look of a relentless, hungry, winning machine and will once again represent a huge threat to their rivals as they prepare to defend the Champions League crown they won against Paris St-Germain.

This victory makes it 32 games unbeaten in all competitions for the treble winners, while they ended Sevilla’s own 21-game unbeaten run.

It was a game with atmosphere as fans returned to the big European occasion, albeit in vastly reduced numbers and also observing social distancing, wearing masks and undergoing temperature checks before the game.

The decision did not win unanimous approval, with opposition from some local officials in Budapest to the game being staged with fans.

Fans are seen in the stands during the UEFA Super Cup match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Sevilla at Puskas Arena on September 24, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. 20,000 fans have been allowed into the ground as COVID-19 restrictions ease. (Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images)

It did add atmosphere as fans of both clubs were in attendance despite the rise in coronavirus cases around Europe, with Bayern fans even indulging in some of the traditional baiting in an attempt to Ocampos off as he prepared to take his penalty.

One thing remained unchanged – Bayern Munich ended up lifting the silverware

Javi Martinez of FC Bayern Munich (C, hidden) celebrates with teammates Benjamin Pavard (L-R), Robert Lewandowski, Corentin Tolisso, Alphonso Davies, Niklas Suele and Thomas Mueller after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Super Cup match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Sevilla (Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images)

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