Javi Martínez is Bayern Munich’s Mr. Super Cup.
Seven years after scoring an extra-time aim to assist Bayern win its last UEFA Super Cup, Martínez netted the winner within the 104th minute Thursday because the German membership beat Sevilla 2-1 within the European curtain raiser in a stadium partially stuffed with followers.
Martínez rose above a crowd of players to move within the rebound when Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou parried David Alaba’s speculative shot.
Bayern midfielder Thomas Müller hailed Martínez as “Mr. Super Cup,” recalling the 2013 aim which despatched a game in opposition to Chelsea to a penalty shootout which Bayern gained.
It could possibly be certainly one of Martínez’s last games for Bayern after eight years and eight German league titles. Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge informed German media last month that the versatile defensive player was searching for to go away.
“When i play in a Bayern shirt I want to give everything, 100%, and I showed that today,” Martínez informed broadcaster Sky, leaving a query about his future open.”I simply wish to have fun at the moment with my colleagues, the entire workforce. Not a lot as a result of we’ve got one other game on Sunday (within the German league). Obviously if I’m there on Sunday I’ll give every little thing.”Playing further time was removed from perfect for both workforce in a season which has began later than regular and may have a additional congested calendar amid the coronavirus pandemic. For each Bayern and Sevilla it was the beginning of a run of 4 games in 11 days and arrive barely a month after Bayern beat Paris Saint-Germain within the Champions League finishing.
Europa League champion Sevilla took an early lead when David Alaba fouled Ivan Rakitic and Lucas Ocampos transformed the 13th-minute penalty. Champions League winner Bayern leveled when Leon Goretzka hammered in a ball expertly cued up for him by Robert Lewandowski within the 34th.
Bayern was largely answerable for the second half however noticed two targets dominated out — one for offside, one for a shove by Lewandowski — and wanted Neuer to save lots of Youssef En-Nesyri’s shot on the counterattack within the 87th minute.
The game was performed with round 15,000 supporters within the Puskas Arena, round 1 / 4 of capability, as UEFA trialed a partial return of followers in time for the Champions League and Europa League group levels.
However, the current rise in coronavirus cases throughout Europe — and Budapest specifically — made it a controversial shift.
Around 800 out of the two,100 tickets bought to Bayern followers had been returned forward of the sport after politicians within the state of Bavaria warned followers in opposition to going to Budapest. Sevilla distributed round 500 tickets, that means the overwhelming majority of individuals within the stadium had been Hungarian locals.
Social distancing guidelines had been largely adopted on the Puskas Arena, with followers principally sitting in ones and twos with empty seats in between.However, travelling Bayern followers pushed to the entrance of their sector to look at the trophy presentation and stood shoulder to shoulder when the workforce arrive to have fun in entrance of their stand.Only a number of wore masks, which UEFA had stated had been compulsory “when social distancing cannot be respected.”The worldwide journey for Bayern and Sevilla followers additionally made the Super Cup an outlier. The primary European leagues which have resumed with supporters, resembling Germany and France, have restricted games to house followers in order to not encourage long-distance journey throughout the pandemic.
Bayern lifted a fourth trophy in three months after the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League, even when it was a largely symbolic prize. Sevilla has performed 4 Super Cup games within the last seven years as a serial winner of the Europa League and misplaced all of them.