Bar­tra miss hands Bay­ern the Ger­man Su­per Cup

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Bay­ern Mu­nich lifted the Ger­man Su­per Cup on Satur­day with a 5-4 win in a penalty shoot-out at Borus­sia Dort­mund after Marc Bar­tra had his cru­cial fi­nal spot-kick saved.

The game fin­ished 2-2 over 90 min­utes as Chris­tian Pulisic’s early goal for Dort­mund was can­celled out by Robert Le­wandowski.

Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang, last sea­son’s top-scorer in the Bun­desliga, re­stored Dort­mund’s lead with 19 min­utes left be­fore Lukasz Piszczek’s late own goal took the match straight to penal­ties.

“We have’t had much time to get ready, but now we had a lit­tle more time to train and I’m very happy that we won the first ti­tle,” said Le­wandowski, who drilled home Bay­ern’s first penalty in the shoot-out.

Ex-Barcelona de­fender Bar­tra, the only player badly in­jured in April’s bomb at­tack on the Dort­mund team bus, saw the 12th spot­kick saved to hand Bay­ern the cup for the sec­ond year run­ning.

Aubameyang, the sub­ject of a big-money of­fer from China, and Ous­mane Dem­bele, who Barcelona have re­port­edly tabled a 70 mil­lion euros ($82.4m) of­fer for as Ney­mar’s re­place­ment, both im­pressed for Dort­mund.

The win gives Bay­ern their first ti­tle of the sea­son as the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons open the new Bun­desliga sea­son on Fri­day Au­gust 18 at home to Bayer Lev­erkusen.

WEL­COME BOOST

The vic­tory of­fers head coach Carlo Ancelotti a wel­come boost after his team lost five of their six pre­vi­ous warm-up games.

“We know the pre-sea­son hasn’t gone the way it should,” said Bay­ern’s goal­keeper Sven Ul­re­ich, who saved Bar­tra’s kick.

“Today we saw the real FC Bay­ern again and we proved we had the morale to come back.” World Cup-win­ner Mario Goetze was miss­ing for Ger­man Cup winners Dort­mund as the 25-year-old dropped out with a back in­jury after five months miss­ing with a meta­bolic dis­or­der.

Bay­ern were miss­ing stars Jerome Boateng, David Alaba and Ar­jen Robben, while new-sign­ing James Ro­driguez is out with a ham­string in­jury.

Dort­mund took the lead after just 12 min­utes when Javi Martinez lin­gered over the ball a frac­tion too long and was robbed by Pulisic. The 18-year-old US in­ter­na­tional sprinted away from the scram­bling Mu­nich de­fence.

He tucked his shot past Sven Ul­re­ich, Bay­ern’s stand-in goal­keeper with Ger­many’s shot-stop­per Manuel Neuer just back in train­ing after foot surgery, who later saved Bar­tra’s spot kick.

Bay­ern drew level on 18 min­utes when a su­per long pass from new-sign­ing Se­bas­tian Rudy found Kim­mich, whose cross was buried by Le­wandowski at close range.

Bay­ern could have dou­bled their lead on 31 min­utes when Thomas Mueller’s header forced Ro­man Burki into a point-blank save.

Rudy’s long-range shot also needed a great save from the Dort­mund shot-stop­per.

Both sides had their chances after the break, but Dem­bele’s pass picked out Aubameyang and the Gabon striker showed ice-cold fin­ish­ing to put Dort­mund ahead on 71 min­utes.

With time al­most up, Rudy rat­tled the cross­bar and Kim­mich stabbed the ball home at the sec­ond at­tempt off Piszczek to take the game straight to spot kicks. Both Bay­ern’s Kim­mich and Dort­mund’s Se­bas­tian Rode had their penal­ties saved in the shoot-out un­til Bar­tra’s shot was blocked by Ul­re­ich to send the tro­phy to Mu­nich.

—AFP

DORT­MUND: Bay­ern Mu­nich’s play­ers cel­e­brate after win­ning the Ger­man Su­per­cup aginst Borus­sia Dort­mund in Dort­mund, west­ern Ger­many, on Satur­day.

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