Budapest (AP) – The cheers for the Silver Super Cup 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 of Budapest briefly faded into the background 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 it again. . “
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who celebrated his 65th birthday by winning the Munich title for the fourth time in 2020, even thanked UEFA for the “professional performance” 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.
A few hundred fans came to Hungary despite travel warnings and loudly cheered their team. “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, adding, “He has to decide 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 2013 in Prague against Chelsea. 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 Seville’s Youssef En-Nesyri twice and lost 2-1, resulting in the first competitive defeat in Munich in 2020. “Neuer is simply the best goalkeeper in the world,” said Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui.
Bayern managed to turn the game around after a penalty kick from Lucas Ocampos (13th) from Leon Goretzka (34th) and Martínez with a display of power. “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.