Sports Desk, Sep 24 (efe-epa).- Champions League victors Bayern Munich needed added time on Thursday to dominate 2-1 over Europa League holders Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup.
After months of matches behind shut doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Bayern as well as Sevilla found themselves playing in front of approximately 16,000 viewers
at Budapest’s Puskas Arena, consisting of 500 traveling Sevilla supporters and also 1,000 fans who made the journey from Germany to cheer on the Munich team.
Sevilla, who have actually won the Europa League a record six times, came into the contest with just one triumph in their 5 previous Super Cup
appearances as well as were absolutely the underdogs versus what lots of view as Europe’s toughest side currently.
Bayern cruised to a 8th consecutive Bundesliga title before storming with the Champions League knockout stage and also playoffs to lift that prize for a 6th time.
And also the Munich club began the 2020-2021 Bundesliga project last weekend break with an 8-0 knocking of Schalke.
Despite the hyper-compressed competition timetable, neither Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui or Bayern’s Hansi Flick took on the opportunity to rest vital players.
Both teams shed essential contributors during the shortened off-season. Bayern saw Thiago Alcantara leave for Liverpool, while Sevilla professional Ever Banega took his abilities to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Shabab as well as Sergio Reguilon
with Lopetegui’s team on funding from Real Madrid mosted likely to Tottenham Hotspur.
But Flick’s only development on Thursday was beginning Lucas Hernandez rather than Alphonso Davies as well as Lopetegui stuck to his upgraded 11, including Ivan Rakitic in Banega’s old spot.
Bayern started boldy, but the Sevilla back line stood up to the stress and also the Spanish side attracted initial blood.
Just previous 10 mins, Jesus Navas put the ball in the area as well as Luuk de Jong teed up a shot for Rakitic. Bayern protector David Alaba brought down the Croatian as well as the umpire granted a penalty.
Lucas Ocampos converted with authority to give Sevilla a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.
Thomas Müller resembled matching for Bayern in the 21st and also his initiative was adhered to by coincidence for Benjamin Pavard and Robert Lewandowski, who compelled a stop from Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bono.
In the 33rd minute, nonetheless, Bono was defenseless to reject Leon Goretzka, masterfully assisted by Lewandowksi.
The second fifty percent started with Sevilla on the strike.
Sergio Escudero sent a cross in the general instructions of De Jong and Bayern caretaker Manuel Neuer had to step in when defender Niklas Süle’s attempt at a clearance sent the ball toward his own net.
Sevilla won 3 edges, but fell short to change any of them right into goals and only a VAR check that detected a Bayern offside protected against Müller from putting the German side ahead.
Lewandowski additionally had a goal forbidden for an offside infraction.
Both teams showed signs of fatigue as the minutes passed, yet Müller continued his relentless pursuit of a goal and also it took a remarkable save by Neuer to quit sub Youssef En-Nesyri from obtaining the likely match champion in the 87th minute.
The Moroccan hit the blog post with a strike early in the initial extra-time duration.
In the 104th min, five mins after coming on for Lucas Hernandez, Javi Martinez gave Bayern a 2-1 edge and the Champions League owners made it stick.