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Sport Martinez hands Bayern 'dream' UEFA Super Cup win in front of 15,000 fans

02:47  25 september  2020
02:47  25 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The substitute Javi Martínez headed an extra-time winner for Bayern Munich as they defeated Sevilla 2-1 in the Super Cup final The Spaniard also scored in extra time in Bayern ’s only previous Super Cup win , in 2013. About 15 , 000 fans were seated in Budapest’s Puskas Arena, with the game seen

UEFA Super Cup final sees 20, 000 fans inside the Puskas Ivan Rakitic is set to make his second Sevilla debut, Jules Leon Goretzka had levelled on 34 minutes before Bayern got their extra-time winner. The game was played in front of 15 ,500 spectators in the 67, 000 -capacity Puskas Arena

Veteran midfielder Javi Martinez admitted it was "a dream" to be able to write more UEFA Super Cup history for Bayern Munich on Thursday as his header in extra time sealed a 2-1 win over Sevilla in Budapest.

a group of men playing a game of football: Javier Martinez (2nd from right) celebrates scoring the winning goal for Bayern Munich against Sevilla in Budapest © BERNADETT SZABO Javier Martinez (2nd from right) celebrates scoring the winning goal for Bayern Munich against Sevilla in Budapest

Having equalised with a crucial 120th-minute goal seven years ago when Bayern won the 2013 Super Cup on penalties against Chelsea in Prague, Martinez struck on 104 minutes at the Puskas Arena to hand the Champions League winners a fourth title in 2020.

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UEFA Supercup in Budapest. Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Bayern Munich will play their first game in front of fans in over six months this Thursday Each team had 3, 000 tickets allocated with Sevilla already returning 2,500 of their allocation to UEFA .

20, 000 tickets have been allocated, with less than a third of Bayern fans going. Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soder warned fans against attending the Sevilla fans have been filmed in a party atmosphere as thousands of fans make their way to Budapest for the UEFA Super Cup final against

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Bayern Munich fans celebrate seeing their team play live in the stadium for the first time since March © Laszlo Balogh Bayern Munich fans celebrate seeing their team play live in the stadium for the first time since March

There were a smattering of travelling Bayern and Sevilla fans among the 15,180 crowd in Budapest as both clubs played for the first time in front of spectators since the Covid-19 pandemic first hit Europe in March.

a group of people posing for the camera: Bayern Munich players celebrate with the UEFA Super Cup trophy in Budapest © Laszlo Szirtesi Bayern Munich players celebrate with the UEFA Super Cup trophy in Budapest

After Lucas Ocampos converted an early penalty for Sevilla, Leon Goretzka equalised for Bayern, who had two second-half goals disallowed before substitute Martinez, 32, struck from a late corner.

Bayern head coach Hansi Flick praised his team for "pulling through with their mentality. In the end, my players went through the pain barrier to win."

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Football fans have arrived in the Hungarian capital Budapest for European football ’s first major match open to spectators since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Despite the measures intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, there has been a growing number of voices calling for fans to stay away.

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Having replaced Goretzka on 99 minutes, it was Martinez - linked to a return to Spain after losing his first-team place - whose header extends Bayern's winning streak to 23 games dating back to February.

"Whenever I wear the Bayern shirt, I always try to give my best and I showed that once again today," Martinez told Sky.

"I always want to help the team by scoring a goal. It's a dream come true.

"I'm really happy to win this trophy for a second time after also scoring in 2013."

After also sweeping the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League trophies, Bayern can win a fifth title this year when they host Borussia Dortmund in Munich for the German Super Cup on Wednesday.

- Rakitic regrets -

Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic said Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer made the difference with two superb late saves to deny Youssef En-Nesyri.

"We saw tonight how important Neuer is for them," said Rakitic.

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Whilst UEFA hoped that the ceremonious final would open the gateway for the return of fans for the Mayor of Budapest Gergely Karácsony has warned against UEFA allowing fans at Super Cup . Bayern sold 2,100 tickets out of a possible 3, 000 and offered free coronavirus testing at the Allianz

The UEFA Super Cup is an annual association football match contested between the winners of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.

"We had two great chances to go ahead, but he stopped them.

"Then we gave away a silly corner and they scored. Nevertheless, we can be proud of how we played against the best team in Europe."

Champions League winners Bayern fell behind for the first time this season on 14 minutes when the VAR judged David Alaba had fouled Rakitic in the area and Ocampos converted Sevilla's penalty.

Alaba was booked for the challenge and there were nervous glances in the Germans' ranks, especially when defender Benjamin Pavard and Thomas Mueller both missed chances.

Goretzka got Bayern back on level terms when Mueller and Robert Lewandowski combined in the area for the midfielder to smash home the equaliser with 34 minutes gone.

It stayed 1-1 at the break, but Bayern turned up the heat on the Europa League holders.

Just six minutes after the break, Lewandowski had the ball in the net after being set up by Thomas Mueller, but the VAR spotted the Poland striker was offside.

- Happy Neuer -

With an hour gone, Bayern winger Leroy Sane was left frustrated after his shot powered past Sevilla's Moroccan goalkeeper Bono, but the VAR spotted Lewandowski had fouled a Sevilla defender in the build up.

With 90 minutes almost up, Manuel Neuer underlined his status as one of the world's best goalkeepers with a finger-tip save to deny En-Nesyri after Sevilla attacked from the edge of their own penalty area.

Sevilla made a great start to extra-time with Bayern in all sorts of trouble, as Ocampos had a shot blocked while En-Nesyri's shot clipped the post after crashing off Neuer's leg.

However, the scene was set for Martinez, a veteran of the side which won the 2013 Champions League final in London, to add to his chapter in Bayern's folklore.

"I was so happy when the coach brought Javi on, because I know how good he is with his head from set pieces," said Bayern captain Neuer.

"Sevilla are a well-drilled team, it's not easy to play against them, but overall we deserved the win and can be proud of ourselves."

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