Bayern prevail in Super Cup

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Bayern Munich won the UEFA Super
Cup 5-4 on penalties following a
pulsating 2-2 draw with Chelsea after
extra time.
Romelu Lukaku’s miss proved decisive
after the shoot-out started with nine
successful spot-kicks, as Bayern
gained some revenge for their defeat
by Chelsea in the 2012 Champions
League final.
Fernando Torres had broken the
deadlock in Prague with a wonderful
first-time strike from Andre Schurrle’s
cut-back following a swift counter-
attack in the eighth minute.
Bayern responded strongly and
carved out a number of chances to
equalise before half-time, but they
had to wait until the 47th minute to
draw level when Franck Ribery
blasted a long-range strike past Petr
Cech.
The German side continued to boss
proceedings but Chelsea remained
dangerous on the break and Oscar,
Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz all
came close to netting a winner in
normal time, before Ramires was
dismissed for a second bookable
offence after 85 minutes.
Eden Hazard restored Chelsea’s lead
early in extra time with a fine solo
goal and it looked like being the
winner as Cech made several great
saves, until Javi Martinez struck in
the dying seconds to send the Super
Cup to penalties for the first time
and Manuel Neuer kept out Lukaku’s
spot-kick.
With Jose Mourinho and Pep
Guardiola renewing their tactical
rivalry from their time in Spain, it was
Chelsea who drew first blood on eight
minutes through Torres.
Torres, restored to start following a
striker-less line-up at Manchester
United, firing powerfully home from
Schurrle’s cross in the eighth minute
after Hazard had launched a fast
break.
Bayern dominated after the goal, with
Chelsea starved of possession and
squeezed into their own half, but
they had to wait until the second
period to level when Ribery
succeeded where he had narrowly
failed in the first period.
The Frenchman cut in from the left
before scoring with a fierce right-foot
shot.
Neuer spread himself well to save
from Oscar and Frank Lampard fired
the rebound over.
Luiz antagonised Bayern at every set-
piece and was booked for a foul on
Mario Mandzukic in an increasingly
feisty encounter.
Toni Kroos and Jerome Boateng had
efforts before Ivanovic hit the
crossbar with a header and Neuer
held a Schurrle shot.
Ramires was sent off for a foul on
Mario Gotze which earned him his
second yellow card, putting Chelsea
under further pressure.
Bayern tried to win the game in the
remaining five minutes of normal
time and Ribery fired wide after a
one-two on the edge of the area with
Gotze before the whistle blew and
Mourinho and Chelsea players
hounded the officials.
It was the 10 men of Chelsea who re-
took the lead, when Hazard danced in
from the left, by the static Martinez
and Boateng, before drilling low into
the net.
Cech saved a Xherdan Shaqiri effort
as Bayern attempted to respond for a
second time, but the Blues reached
the extra-time interval knowing they
had to survive for 15 minutes more.
Mandzukic was twice denied by Cech
and Shaqiri was unable to divert a
Martinez header down goalwards
following a great clearance by Gary
Cahill.
Mourinho threw John Terry into the
action, in place of Hazard, for the
final seven minutes, as Bayern
continued to go forward.
Cech saved from Gotze and Ribery
but could not hold out as Martinez
netted with the last kick of extra-time
to force penalties.
And on this occasion, Bayern
triumphed.

posted by janjaweed!

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