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Javi Martinez snatches Super Cup glory for Bayern Munich over Sevilla


Bayern Munich beat Sevilla 2-1 after extra time on Thursday to lift the UEFA Super Cup and complete a quadruple under coach Hansi Flick, in the first European game played with some fans in the stands since the sport returned amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Substitute Javi Martinez headed in the winner in the 104th minute after Europa League winners Sevilla had taken a 13th-minute lead through Lucas Ocampos’s penalty and Bayern levelled through Leon Goretzka in the 34th.

The Bavarians, unbeaten now in 32 consecutive matches and winners of the domestic double as well as the Champions League, missed more than half a dozen clear scoring chances.

Yet it was Bayern keeper Neuer who kept them in the game when he twice denied Youssef En-Nesyri with superb saves before Martinez benefited from being given too much space to head in on the rebound.

Some 15,000 fans were seated in Budapest’s Puskas Arena with the game seen as a test event for the gradual return of fans to European games.

Leon Goretzka celebrates
Leon Goretzka celebrates(POOL/AFP)
Javier Martinez celebrates scoring(Getty)
Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich lifts the UEFA Super Cup trophy(Getty)

Bayern will next face Hoffenheim on Sunday, looking to remain perfect in their second Bundesliga match in pursuit of a seventh consecutive title.



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