December 13, 2013
Soccer — european super cupSaturday, August 31, 2013
Guardiola's Bayern Munich lifts trophy
Exciting match against Chelsea decided on penalties
Bayern Munich won the European Super Cup between the winners of last season’s European Champions League and Europa League in an exciting match against Chelsea which ended 2-2 after extra time and was decided 5-4 on penalties.
PRAGUE — Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved a penalty by substitute Romelu Lukaku to give Champions League winner Bayern Munich a 5-4 victory over Chelsea in a shootout yesterday to claim the UEFA Super Cup, after the game finished 2-2 following extra time.
Ten-man Chelsea looked on the verge of victory after Eden Hazard made it 2-1 in extra time but substitute Javi Martínez equalized with the last kick of the game to force the shootout.
All nine players converted their penalties before Lukaku stepped up, and Neuer dove to his left to keep the weak shot out.
Fernando Torres had given Europa League winner Chelsea an early lead with a fierce volley, before Franck Ribery equalized two minutes into the second half with a hard shot that seemed to catch Petr Cech by surprise.
Bayern won its first Super Cup in the club’s fourth attempt, earning a first trophy with the team for new coach Pep Guardiola.
Chelsea was left a man down when Ramires was sent off in the 85th minute after receiving his second yellow card for a rough tackle on substitute Mario Götze. That decision clearly upset Chelsea manager José Mourinho who was trying to get an explanation from referee Jonas Eriksson during the break before extra time.
The Super Cup pits last season’s Champions League winner against the Europa League champion. Throughout the match, Bayern was dominating possession while Chelsea relied on what Guardiola called Mourinho’s most dangerous weapon: quick counters.
A day after winning the UEFA Best Player in Europe award for the 2012-2013 season, Bayern midfielder Ribery looked dangerous throughout and equalized two minutes into the second half with an swerving drive from outside the area. He also missed the target three times in the first half.
Three minutes into extra time, Hazard picked up the ball on the left flank and cut into the area, leaving two defenders behind before unleashing a powerful drive past Neuer. Cech then pulled off a series of stunning saves as Bayern pressed relentlessly for an equalizer until Martínez slotted in from close range with the very last kick of extra time.