Bay­ern Mu­nich lifts Ger­man Su­per Cup

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Dort­mund, Ger­many - Bay­ern Mu­nich lifted the Ger­man Su­per Cup on Sat­ur­day with a 5-4 win in a penalty shootout 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 Ger­man League, re­stored Dort­mund's lead with 19 min­utes left be­fore Lukasz Piszczek's late own goal took the match straight to penal­ties.

"We haven'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 shootout.

Ex-Barcelona de­fender Bar­tra, the only player badly in­jured in April's bomb at­tack on the Dort­mund team bus, saw the 12th spot-kick 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 US$82.4mn of­fer for as Ney­mar's re­place­ment, both im­pressed for Dort­mund.

The win gives Bay­ern its first ti­tle of the sea­son as the de­fend- ing cham­pion open the new Ger­man League sea­son on Fri­day at home to Bayer Lev­erkusen.

The vic­tory of­fers head coach Carlo Ancelotti a wel­come boost af­ter his team lost five of its 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."

Both Bay­ern's Kim­mich and Dort­mund's Se­bas­tian Rode had their penal­ties saved in the shootout un­til Bar­tra's shot was blocked by Ul­re­ich to send the tro­phy to Mu­nich.

(AFP)

Bay­ern Mu­nich’s play­ers cel­e­brate af­ter de­feat­ing Borus­sia Dort­mund on penal­ties to win the Ger­man Su­per Cup in Dort­mund, Ger­many, on Sat­ur­day

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