Budapest (dpa) – The cheers for the Silver Supercup were enjoyed by the exhausted Munich stars around match winners Javi Martínez and Manuel Neuer in front of the fans celebrating again at the stadium.

After the 2: 1 (1: 1, 1: 1) after extra time against a strong Sevilla FC, the corona pandemic and the controversial staging of the game in the risk area Budapest disappeared into the background for a moment at the moment of great luck. “It was good that the fans were back in the stadium. I think it worked out well,” said coach Hansi Flick: “In terms of mood it was a bit more like football again. We are glad we did. . “

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who celebrated his 65th birthday with the fourth title win in Munich in 2020, even thanked UEFA for the “professional execution” of the much-criticized pilot test. “It was a great feeling to celebrate this title again with our fans. When I looked around the stadium after the game, I saw many happy Bayern fans,” said the Bayern boss.

Several hundred fans came to Hungary despite travel warnings and cheered their team loudly. “That was an important step back to football culture, to the emotions and atmosphere in the stadium,” said Rummenigge. The approximately 15,000 spectators in the quarter-filled Puskas-Arena saw a thrilling 120-minute final.

And the story of the evening was written by Javi Martínez, who as the Joker headed the winning goal in the 104th minute, shortly after being substituted. It could have been his parting gift after eight years at Bayern. “I always try to help the team, with a goal today. It was a dream,” said the 32-year-old Spaniard, who is about to return to his former club, Athletic Bilbao.

“As long as I stay here, I’ll give everything and defend this shirt,” Martinez said eloquently. “As for his future, now is not the time to talk about it,” Flick said, but added, “He has to decide that for himself.”

Thomas Müller praised Martínez as “our Mr. Supercup”. Because he had already saved Bayern in injury time or extra time with a goal in the penalty shoot-out when they won the first Munich Supercup in Prague in 2013. At that point, Manuel Neuer then held the very last penalty – and Bayern was the winner.

In Budapest, national goalkeeper Neuer was again the protagonist next to Martínez. The captain thwarted Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri twice, trailing 2-1 and with it Munich’s first competitive defeat in 2020. “Neuer is simply the best goalkeeper in the world,” said Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui.

Bayern managed to bend the game after the penalty kick from Lucas Ocampos (13th) from Leon Goretzka (34th) and Martínez with a show of strength. “The team’s mentality is nothing short of sensational,” said Flick enthusiastically. A month after winning the Champions League in Lisbon, Bayern returns to Munich with a silver trophy. And title number five is possible in a week, in the German Supercup against runner-up Borussia Dortmund.

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