Bayern Munich were victorious in the UEFA Super Cup final on Thursday, but required extra time to defeat a stubborn Sevilla side 2-1.
With the game level 1-1 after 90 minutes, Bayern’s unlikely hero was substitute Javi Martinez, who looped his header past Bono to seal Bayern’s first trophy of the 2020/21 season.
The game got off to a flying start when Los Palanganas were awarded a 13th minute penalty after Ivan Rakitic was fouled by David Alaba. The spot kick was tucked away confidently by Lucas Ocampos.
Bayern levelled things up before the break courtesy of Leon Goretzka’s calm finish and Die Roten then had two goals ruled out in the second half, one for offside and another for a foul in the build up. Sevilla also spurned a golden chance to win the game in the dying minutes and things would eventually be settle by a Martinez header in the first half of extra time.
Here’s player ratings from a tense night in Budapest…
Manuel Neuer (GK) – 8/10 – Did everything he had to with minimal fuss. Only faced three shots in normal time – and one was a penalty. Made a vital save to send the game to extra time.
Benjamin Pavard (RB) – 7/10 – Defended well and was close to scoring in the first half, wriggling free of his marker like a centre-forward.
Niklas Sule (CB) – 7/10 – Did fine but wasn’t caused that many problems, especially in the second half.
David Alaba (CB) – 6/10 – The penalty he conceded was soft but it was still clumsy from the Austrian. Bounced back well thereafter, building Bayern’s attacks from the back.
Lucas Hernandez (LB) – 7/10 – Good to see him continue his return from injury. Suso caused a few problems but he was largely solid.
Leon Goretzka (CM) – 7/10 – Showed ice cool composure to score Bayern’s equaliser. Burst forward for his side regularly but faded after the break.
Joshua Kimmich (CM) – 8/10 – Kept things ticking over superbly. The multi-disciplined German was a joy to watch.
Thomas Muller (AM) – 6/10 – Spurned a tap-in in the first half – very unlike the world’s first and only Raumdeuter. Struggled to pick apart Sevilla’s stubborn low block.
Leroy Sané (RW) – 6/10 – Always dangerous but decision making was lacking at key moments. Had a goal ruled out for a very soft foul.
Robert Lewandowski (ST) – 7/10 – Sumptuous touch in the box led to Goretzka’s goal. Will be absolutely devastated not to score. He loves goal you see.
Serge Gnabry (LW) – 7/10 – A constant threat. He weaved in and out of defenders pulling the trigger at will.
Corentin Tolisso – 6/10
Alphonso Davies – 6/10
Javi Martinez – 8/10
Jerome Boateng – N/A
Bono (GK) – 6/10 – Made several good saves in the first half to make up for a poor mistake that could have proved costly. Should have done better for Bayern’s winning goal.
Jesus Navas (RB) – 8/10 – The wily veteran fared fairly well against his fleet-footed opposite number. Also broke forward with success at times.
Jules Kounde (CB) – 6/10 – The Manchester City target had a tough time against one of the best forward lines in the world. His yellow card was quite harsh.
Diego Carlos (CB) – 7/10 – Completely dominant in the air and dealt with Bayern’s forward line running in behind pretty well. However, his tragic mistake led to the corner and Bayern’s winner. He looked very sad after it went in, poor sod.
Sergio Escudero (LB) – 7/10 – Drove forward whenever he could and surprisingly missed a few chances to score.
Joan Jordan (CM) – 5/10 – Picked up the stupidest yellow card of all time, blocking a quick free kick after Anthony Taylor asked him very nicely not to.
Fernando (CM) – 6/10 – Had a tough task keeping Bayern’s midfield quiet and struggled at times.
Ivan Rakitic (CM) – 7/10 – Stepping into Ever Benega’s boots was never going to be easy but he fared well, winning his side the penalty and looking classy on the ball.
Suso (RW) – 5/10 – Caused Bayern a few problems early on but faded in the second half and was rightly being substituted.
Luuk de Jong (ST) – 7/10 – His lovely cushioned header led to his side’s penalty. Unlucky to be replaced before the hour mark.
Lucas Ocampos (LW) – 6/10 – His beautiful no-look penalty gave his side the lead. Offered an important counter-attacking threat but was starved of service.
Nemanja Gudelj – 6/10
Youssef En-Nesyri – 5/10
Oliver Torres – 6/10
Franco Vazquez – N/A