Martinez hands Bay­ern ‘dream’ Su­per Cup vic­tory

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BU­DAPEST: Vet­eran mid­fielder Javi Martinez ad­mit­ted it was “a dream” to be able to write more Uefa Su­per Cup history for Bay­ern Mu­nich on Thurs­day as his header in ex­tra time sealed a 2-1 win over Sevilla.

Hav­ing equalised with a cru­cial 120th-minute goal seven years ago when Bay­ern won the 2013 Su­per Cup on penal­ties against Chelsea in Prague, Martinez struck on 104 min­utes at the Puskas Arena to hand the Cham­pi­ons League win­ners a fourth ti­tle in 2020.

There were a smat­ter­ing of trav­el­ling Bay­ern and Sevilla fans among the 15,180 crowd in Bu­dapest as both clubs played for the first time in front of spec­ta­tors since the Covid-19 pan­demic first hit Europe in March.

Af­ter Lu­cas Ocam­pos con­verted an early penalty for Sevilla, Leon Goret­zka equalised for Bay­ern, who had two sec­ond-half goals dis­al­lowed be­fore sub­sti­tute Martinez, 32, struck from a late cor­ner.

Bay­ern head coach Hansi Flick praised his team for “pulling through with their men­tal­ity. In the end, my play­ers went through the pain bar­rier to win.”

Hav­ing re­placed Goret­zka on 99 min­utes, it was Martinez — linked to a re­turn to Spain af­ter los­ing his first­team place — whose header ex­tends Bay­ern’s win­ning streak to 23 games dat­ing back to Fe­bru­ary. “When­ever I wear the Bay­ern shirt, I al­ways try to give my best and I showed that once again today,” Martinez told Sky.

“I al­ways want to help the team by scor­ing a goal. It’s a dream come true.

“I’m re­ally happy to win this tro­phy for a sec­ond time af­ter also scor­ing in 2013.”

Af­ter also sweep­ing the Bun­desliga, Ger­man Cup and Cham­pi­ons League tro­phies, Bay­ern can win a fifth ti­tle this year when they host Borus­sia Dort­mund in Mu­nich for the Ger­man Su­per Cup on Wed­nes­day.

Sevilla mid­fielder Ivan Rakitic said Bay­ern goal­keeper Manuel Neuer made the dif­fer­ence with two su­perb late saves to deny Youssef En-Nesyri.

“We saw tonight how im­por­tant Neuer is for them,” said Rakitic.

AFP

Bay­ern Mu­nich cel­e­brate af­ter win­ning the Uefa Su­per Cup in Bu­dapest.

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