Bayern Munich added another trophy to their collection on Thursday night, as the Bavarians won the 2020 UEFA Super Cup after narrowly defeating Sevilla 2-1 at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary.
Sevilla took the lead early on courtesy of a penalty from Lucas Ocampos, but Munich would respond well, with Leon Goretzka tying things after a quality finish midway through the first half.
An even matchup throughout, it would be Javi Martinez who was the hero on the night, as his header gave Bayern the lead in overtime and ultimately secured the title for the Bundesliga side.
Story of the match
Sevilla would open the scoring after only 12 minutes. Luuk De Jong headed the ball down to an onrushing Ivan Rakitic, who got a touch on it before being taken down in the area by David Alaba. The referee had no other choice than to point to the spot, and Lucas Ocampos coolly slotted home the resulting penalty.
Thomas Muller thought he had tied things up 10 minutes later, as he was picked out by a Robert Lewandowski pass only a few yards out from goal. However, he would be denied by some heroic defending, with Jules Kounde sliding in and doing enough to put off the Germans shot.
Munich would equalize at the half hour mark, though, and they would do it in some style. Muller dinked a cross towards Lewandowski, who then laid the ball off for Leon Goretzka. The midfielder made no mistake with the finish, volleying home past a helpless Yassine Bounou.
All things considered, it was a tense first half. Neither team pushed too far forward, which led to less chances being created as a result.
The Bundesliga side had the ball in the back of the opposing net an hour in, but the goal was called back after a foul on Lewandowski was spotted in the build up.
Sevilla really should have won it with five minutes to go. Youssef En-Nesyri flew forward on the counter, got in behind the defense, and found himself one on one with Manuel Neuer. The Moroccan forward made a mess of things, though, and ended up only hitting a weak shot that was easily saved by the goalkeeper.
Neither side could break the deadlock in regulation, so overtime was needed.
It was En-Nesyri who got things going to start the extra period, as he came within inches of scoring. His shot deflected off both Neuer and Alaba, but it ultimately bounced off the near post and back into play. However, even if he had converted the chance, it likely would have been taken off the board by VAR since he was clearly offside.
Those misses would end up costing Sevilla as Munich took the lead at the end of the first extra time period. A corner was poorly defended by the Spainards, with the ball falling to Alaba who hit a volley towards goal. Bounou made the save, but the rebound went right to substitute Javi Martinez, and he was able to head home from close range. The goalkeeper would have liked that one back, to be fair, as he did not hit the ball far enough away on the initial save.
That would prove to be the deciding moment of the match, with Sevilla unable to find a late equalizer in the final moments. It may not have been pretty, but Munich held on to secure the victory and the Super Cup trophy.
Munich stutter to victory
Bayern were not their usual free-flowing self going forward. Credit is due to Sevilla for defending very well on the night, of course, but the Germans never really clicked on the attack.
They were alright up the middle, but they really suffered on the wings. Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane were invisible for much of the contest, losing the ball whenever they tried to dribble past a defender. They didn’t get much help from their fullbacks, to be fair, as Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard failed to do much whenever they pushed up the field.
Robert Lewandowski wasn’t at his best either, missing a few chances that he usually slots home with ease.
The scary thing is that Munich were still able to win despite playing poorly, which is a worrying sign for the rest of Europe. They’ll celebrate tonight, as they should, but Bayern know they’ll need to be better if they want to end this season with a second straight treble.
Sevilla are still underrated
When people think about the elite teams in Europe, they tend to forget about Sevilla. After performances like this, that should change.
They may not have won on the night, but they put up a real fight against Munich, who were heavy favorites. The La Liga side were compact defensively, not giving the opposition any room to operate in the final third. They were also very threatening on the counter, using their pace to get in behind the Bayern defense time and time again.
All things considered, Sevilla could have won this match if they were just more clinical in front of goal. They’ll see this as a missed opportunity, but they will still be able to take plenty of positives from the contest.
With a Champions League campaign now on the horizon, don’t be surprised to see Sevilla make a deep run in the tournament.
Man of the match - Javi Martinez
With all the attacking talents on show, no one would have expected defensive midfielder Javi Martinez to be the man who grabbed the winning goal. However, against all odds, it was the Spainard who ultimately clinched the trophy for Munich.
Linked with a move away this summer, it was somewhat surprising to see him feature in the first place. He came on in the 100th minute, though, and would only need five minutes to make the breakthrough. A classic example of being in the right place at the right time, Martinez reacted quickest to a loose ball in the area before expertly heading home from close range.
Linked with a move away, this will likely have been his last game for the club. If it is, then grabbing the winner and securing one last trophy for Munich will have been a fitting end to a stellar career in Germany for Martinez.