Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer raises the glass with his teammates. (Laszlo Balogh)
Budapest – Javi Martínez scored with a header in the extension and Bayern Munich began the season beating Sevilla 2-1 on Thursday to win the Super Cup in a stadium where some fans were allowed in.
Seven years after scoring another goal in overtime for Bayern to clinch their previous Super Cup title, Martinez rose among several players and made contact with the ball in the 104th minute.
The Spaniard thus took advantage of the rebound, after goalkeeper Assine Bounou had rejected a shot from David Alaba.
It could have been one of Martinez's last games with Bayern. Last month, the chairman of the board of the Bavarian club Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the German press that the versatile defender was looking to leave.
Disputing an extension was not what either team intended, in a campaign that began late due to the coronavirus pandemic and will have a more congested schedule.
For Bayern and Sevilla, the match marked the beginning of a four-game streak in 11 days and came almost a month after the German team had beaten Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final.
Sevilla, monarch of the Europa League, took the lead at the dawn, when Austrian Alaba fouled Ivan Rakitic. Argentine Lucas Ocampos converted the resulting penalty in the 13th minute.
Bayern leveled at 34 when Leon Goretzka hit a ball that Robert Lewandowski gave him with precision.
The German club had control during the complement, but saw a couple of goals invalidated, one for offside and another for a push from Lewandowski. At 87, he was saved when Manuel Neuer saved a shot from Youssef En-Nesyri, in a counterattack.
“We have lost a final in which we had many hopes,” said Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui. “I'm sad for the guys, because they managed to take the game into extra time and pushed Bayern to the limit. That has a lot of merit. We had the chance to win the game at the right time … but it couldn't be ”.
The meeting was held in front of some 15,000 spectators at the Puskas Arena, which was thus occupied to a quarter of its capacity. UEFA proved a partial return of the fans, ahead of the group stages of the Champions League and the Europa League.
But the decision was controversial, amid the recent spike in coronavirus cases in Europe – and particularly in Budapest.
Some 800 of the 2,100 tickets sold to Bayern supporters were returned before the game. Politicians in the German state of Bavaria warned fans not to go to Budapest.
Seville distributed some 500 tickets. This means that Hungarian fans represented the vast majority of the people who attended the stadium.