By Ekene Dike
Bayern Munich came from behind to defeat a tough Sevilla team 2-1 in the final of champions between the winners of the Champions League and winners of the Europa League.
An extra time winner in the 104th minute from Javi Martinez who was a goalscorer in Bayern Munich’s last Super Cup win back in 2013 repeated his heroics for the Bavarian giants last night.
Sevilla went ahead through Lucas Ocampos’ penalty goal in the 13th minute. Ivan Rakitic was fouled by David Alaba in the box and the Spanish outfit were awarded a penalty.
Parity was restored by Leon Goretzka 21 minutes later. The equalizer was enchanting as Robert Lewandowski who is a regular goalscorer turned provider for his team’s leveler.
Heartbreak set in for the winners of the Champions League when Robert Lewandowski thought he had given his side the lead only for his goal to be disallowed after he was ruled offside in the second half.
Leroy Sane’s goal was also cancelled on the grounds that Robert Lewandowski fouled an opposition player during the build-up to the goal.
Youssef En-Nesyri had a glorious opportunity to win the game for Sevilla in the dying minutes, but was denied brilliantly by Bayern’s shot-stopper Manuel Neuer.
Normal regulation time wasn’t enough to separate the boys from the men. Hence, extra time had to be played. At long last, a goal from an unlikely source was the case as Javi Martinez scored the winning goal in extra time to ensure that Bayern Munich’s trophy laden period continued.
This was Bayern Munich’s second UEFA Super Cup victory in seven years.