Bayern beat Sevilla to win Super Cup

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Budapest: Javi Martinez is Bayern Munich’s Mr Super Cup. Seven years after scoring an extra-time goal to help Bayern win their last UEFA Super Cup, Martinez netted the winner in the 104th minute Thursday as the German club beat Sevilla 2-1 in the European curtain raiser in a stadium partially filled with fans.

Martinez rose above a crowd of players to head in the rebound when Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou parried David Alaba’s speculative shot.

Bayern midfielder Thomas Muller hailed Martinez as “Mr Super Cup,” recalling the 2013 goal which sent a game against Chelsea to a penalty shootout which Bayern won.

It could be one of Martinez’s last games for Bayern after eight years and eight German league titles. Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told German media last month that the versatile defensive player was seeking to leave.

“When I play in a Bayern shirt I want to give everything, 100%, and I showed that today,” Martinez told broadcaster Sky, leaving a question about his future open.

Europa League champion Sevilla took an early lead when David Alaba fouled Ivan Rakitic and Lucas Ocampos converted the 13th -minute penalty. Champions League winner Bayern levelled when Leon Goretzka hammered in a ball expertly cued up for him by Robert Lewandowski in the 34th.

Bayern were largely in control of the second half but saw two goals ruled out — one for offside, one for a shove by Lewandowski — and needed Neuer to save Youssef En-Nesyri’s shot on the counterattack in the 87th minute.

The game was played with around 15,000 supporters in the Puskas Arena, around a quarter of capacity, as UEFA trialled a partial return of fans in time for the Champions League and Europa League group stages.

However, the recent rise in coronavirus cases across Europe — and Budapest in particular — made it a controversial move.

Around 800 out of the 2,100 tickets sold to Bayern fans were returned ahead of the game after politicians in the state of Bavaria warned fans against going to Budapest. Sevilla distributed around 500 tickets, meaning the vast majority of people in the stadium were Hungarian locals.