Bayern Munich were made to work hard by a stubborn Sevilla to secure a 2 – 1 victory in extra time, to win the Uefa Super Cup in Budapest, Hungary.
In an entertaining match that saw fans being allowed to the stadium, Bayern started off brightly as they went for an early goal.
Sevilla who are cup specialists had other ideas as Lucas Ocampos converted a 13th minute spot kick past Manuel Neuer, to give the Spanish side the lead.
This jolted the Champions league winners into action as they sought to impose their superiority and level scores.
10 minutes to the break, the Bavarians equalized with a thing of beauty. Leon Goretzka, finished off a neatly laid pass by Robert Lewandoski.
Bayern who enjoyed the lion share of the possession had the better chances to score the second goal but weren’t clinical enough in front of goal as Sane, Gnabry and Lewandoski each squandered gilt edged opportunities.
Luuk de Jong latched onto a perfect cross inside the box in the first minute of the second half only for Manuel Neuer to deny him.
Five minutes later, Lewandoski had the ball at the back of the net, but Referee Anthony Taylor ruled it out for offside after reviewing the VAR.
The second half mirrored the first half as Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui, had set up his team to play on the counterattack. They soaked the pressure and sporadically attacked Bayern. It seemed like a clever ploy as substitute Youssef En Nesyri forced two decent saves and had one attempt off the crossbar.
The game went into extra time and two minutes in, Youssef En Nesyri unleashed a snap shot that deflected off Manuel Neuer and hit the post. He had done everything but score.
In the champion’s league final, it was a French player scoring the winner against the finalist team from France, well – in the Uefa Super Cup, it was a Spanish player (Javi Martinez), who would score, what ended up to be the winner against the team from Spain. A coincidence of sorts.