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German efficiency: Bayern Munich win the UEFA Super Cup on penalties
Bayern Munich have their revenge for the 2012 Champions League final as they beat Chelsea 5-4 on penalties, after a 2-2 stalemate.
Chelsea were off to a flying start as Fernando Torres opened the scoring with a well placed first time shot inside the area. With solid defending they were able to hold on to their lead till half time.
Less than two minutes into the second half however, UEFA’s Best Player in Europe Award winner, Franck Ribery levelled the score with a low shot that beat Cech into the bottom left corner.
Chelsea remained rigid in defence but with Bayern dominating possession the task soon became harder, after Ramires was given his marching orders in the 85th minute, after picking up his second yellow card of the match for a dangerous tackle on Mario Gotze.
Despite this Chelsea, saw off the remainder of the match to take the game to extra time and regained the lead with another early goal, this time from Hazard whose shot somehow slipped past the usually reliable Neur.
Chelsea were happy to sit back whilst Bayern pressed, with some great saves from Cech and tight defending from Luiz and Cahill.
Although showing great resilience throughout, it was not meant to be for the Blues as Martinez found the back of the net from close range with the last kick of the game.
The script had been written and penalties it was. With the first four being dispatched with ease the pressure was beginning to mount.
Shaqiri’s penalty was squeezed into the net, despite Cech getting a hand to it, giving Bayern the lead. With no Didier Drogba this time, up stepped 20-year-old Romelu Lukaku. His run up did not look confident and the penalty was too weak to those previous, handing an easy save for Neur, who was straight up to console his opposite number, crediting Cech’s performance.
It was Chelsea players and fans whose hearts were to be broken on the night, none more than Lukaku, who was being consoled by his teammates and some Bayern players, showing a touch a class to their opponents.
A crestfallen Jose Mourinho said after the match ‘the best team lost’, but this will not trouble the Bayern players as the Champions of Europe lifted the Super Cup for the first time in their history.
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