Bayern Munich equalised with the last kick of the game
before beating Chelsea on penalties to claim the European
Super Cup at the Eden Arena in Prague.
Javi Martinez levelled at 2-2 in the final seconds of extra-
time after Chelsea had moved in front, despite the sending
off of Ramires on 86 minutes.
Fernando Torres had put Chelsea ahead with a superb
drive after a rapid counter-attack. Early in the second
period, Franck Ribery – who picked up UEFA’s best
player award the previous night – levelled with a screamer
Chelsea were under the cosh, but later they had some
superb chances as Oscar missed a one-on-one with
Manuel Neuer, while Branislav Ivanovic hit the bar.
David Luiz was denied by a brilliant Neuer save, and with
five minutes left Ramires was shown a second yellow card
for an awful tackle on Mario Goetze. It should have been a
The match went to extra-time and Chelsea edged back
ahead when a long-range Hazard shot went through
Cech made several brilliant saves and it seemed the Prague
native’s heroics would see Chelsea through – but in the
final seconds of extra time substitute Javi Martinez
finished after Chelsea failed to deal with a high ball into
Penalties followed, with both sides perfect until – at 5-4 –
Romelu Lukaku stood up for Chelsea. He did not look
confident and sent a weak penalty straight at Neuer. The
Belgian was distraught but both clubs have bigger fish to
fry this season, with new coaches and players looking to
gel in highly competitive leagues
PRE-MATCH: Spain duo left out again – Both first
XIs were notable for absentees. Injuries aside, the
benching of Spain duo Javi Martinez and Juan Mata raised
eyebrows. Both were arguably their teams’ best players
last season, but both appear to be out of favour with their
new coaches. Martinez may have recently had a groin
problem, but he was not Pep Guardiola’s first choice in
pre-season and it seems odd to use full-back Lahm in his
place. Mata, meanwhile, was immediately linked with a
Chelsea exit after Jose Mourinho arrived, but his manager
insists he will not be sold, despite picking others ahead of
him, including Fernando Torres. Martinez came on and his
strike forced penalties, while Mata watched on.
8′ GOAL CHELSEA! A typical Mourinho counter-attack
started by Torres, Hazard running from halfway before
feeding Schurrle wide right – super cross from him and
Torres, having continued his run and escaped Dante,
smashed a wicked finish into the top right.
21′ GREAT SAVE BY CECH! A fantastic low drive
from Ribery was headed bottom right, but a stretching
Cech palmed it behind.
31′ ALMOST A SECOND FOR TORRES! He twisted
inside and out of Dante before smashing a surprise effort
inches over the bar! Super wingplay by Schurrle in the
37′ ALMOST AN EQUALISER! Superb weighted low
pass by Robben to send Mueller through on the right, but
a superb flying block by Cahill puts the finish wide.
47’ BAYERN LEVEL! What a strike from Ribery, typical
from him as he cuts in from the left to blast it past Cech,
who got a touch.
63’ CHELSEA HAD TO SCORE! Oscar fluffs a one-on-
one with Neuer, who saves well. Dante made the original
error to put Schurrle in.
67’ Goal-saving tackle by Ashley Cole on Thomas
69’ Oscar again misses a good chance, finishing weakly at
78’ CHELSEA HIT THE BAR! Ivanovic from the
Lampard corner, massive header, Bayern scramble it clear!
85’Amazing save from Neuer to deny Luiz’s bullet
header! Shades of Gordon Banks!
86’ RAMIRES SENT OFF! Shocking challenge on
Goetze, two-footed and over the top. Second yellow but
easily a straight red.
93’ HAZARD SCORES FOR CHELSEA! A superb
fizzing low drive but Neuer should have kept that out!
108, 109, 119’ – A trio of world-class saves from Cech,
denying Mandzukic, Martinez and Ribery.
102+1’ – GOAL BAYERN! At the death Martinez drills
it home after a high ball into the Chelsea box. Penalties.
PENALTIES – Alaba, Kroos, Lahm, Ribery and Shaqiri
all net for Bayern; Luiz, Oscar, Lampard and Cole score
for Chelsea, but Lukaku misses.
TALKING POINT: It is a small dose of revenge for
Bayern, who were beaten on spot-kicks by the Blues in the
2012 Champions League final, and continues Pep
Guardiola’s winning streak against Jose Mourinho, albeit
with different clubs. In the end Guardiola’s decision to use
Martinez reaped rewards, as Mata looked on from the
MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY AND
This is the first time Bayern or indeed any German side
have won the Super Cup.
Fernando Torres has now scored in eight different
competitions for Chelsea, four domestic, three European
and one international.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Petr Cech (Chelsea) – Despite being on the losing side,
Cech made a string of world-class saves. That he gets the
nod shows how much pressure Bayern placed on Chelsea.
BAYERN: Neuer 6, Rafinha 6, Alaba 7, Boateng 7,
Dante 5, Lahm 6, Kroos 6, Ribery 7, Robben 6, Mueller 6,
Mandzukic 6; Subs: Martinez 7, Shaqiri 6, Goetze 6
CHELSEA: Cech 8, Ivanovic 6, Cole 7, Luiz 6, Cahill 7,
Ramires 5, Lampard 6, Schurrle 7, Hazard 7, Oscar 7,
Torres 7; Terry 6, Mikel 6, Lukaku 5