Bayern beats Chelsea to win Uefa Super Cup
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved a penalty by substitute Romelu Lukaku to give Champions League winner Bayern Munich a 5-4 victory over Chelsea in a shootout on Friday to win the Uefa Super Cup, after the game finished 2-2 following extra time.
Ten-man Chelsea appeared to be on the verge of victory after Eden Hazard made it 2-1 in extra time but substitute Javi Martinez equalized with the last kick of the game to force the shootout.
All nine players converted their penalties before Lukaku stepped up, and Neuer dove to his left to keep the shot out.
Fernando Torres had given Europa League winner Chelsea an early lead with a fierce volley, before Franck Ribery equalised two minutes into the second half with a hard shot that seemed to catch Petr Cech by surprise.
Bayern won its first Super Cup in the club’s fourth attempt, earning a first trophy with the team for new coach Pep Guardiola.
“It’s the first time, we’re proud of that,” Guardiola said. “We played unbelievably good football. I’m so happy with our performance.”
Guardiola took over at Bayern after a one-year sabbatical, and the team has started the German season strongly by picking up 10 points out of a possible 12 in the Bundesliga.
Chelsea was left a man down when Ramires was sent off in the 85th minute after receiving his second yellow card for a rough tackle on substitute Mario Goetze.
That decision clearly upset Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho who was trying to get an explanation from referee Jonas Eriksson during the break before extra time.
Mourinho has never won the Super Cup while it was the third victory for his fierce rival Guardiola who also won it with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.
Mourinho, who had promised that his second spell with Chelsea will be calmer than when he was in charge in 2004-07, said he was “disappointed.”
“My opinion is that the best team lost,” he said. “The team that more deserved to win lost. But that’s football.”
Mourinho and Guardiola faced each other in series of testy ‘clasicos’ when the Portuguese coach was with Real Madrid, and their tense relationship brought an extra level of intensity to this Super Cup. The contest that pits last season’s Champions League winner against the Europa League champion is often seen as lacking prestige, but it was clear from the start that both teams badly wanted to win this game.
And Guardiola, unsurprisingly, clearly disagreed with Mourinho.
“Yes, the better team has won,” he said in German.
Mourinho complained the sending off of Ramires influenced the result and suggested that referees in the Premier League would not have given a player a second booking in such a case.
“Football is 11 against 11,” Mourinho said. “Eleven against 10, it’s more easy for the team with 11 and more difficult for the team with 10.”