It wasn’t exactly revenge for Chelsea coming from behind to beat Bayern Munich on penalties in the (infinitely more important) 2012 Champions League final, but Bayern doing the same to Chelsea in the 2013 UEFA Super Cup was more of a highly entertaining direct to video sequel. And in the end, a day after Franck Ribery was named the Best Player in Europe, last season’s treble winners added the their trophy haul with the club’s first UEFA Super Cup. While teaching Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku a valuable lesson about not taking awful penalties.
Chelsea took an early lead with a fantastic goal from Fernando Torres in the eight minute, but Ribery finally got one past Petr Cech, who seemed a lock for Man of the Match for much of the night, just after halftime. The score held at 1-1 into extra time, even though Chelsea went down to 10 men when Ramires was sent off in the 85th minute. Despite the disadvantage, Eden Hazard caught Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer asleep with his eyes open and put a shot right past his hand to reclaim the lead in the 93rd minute. With victory seeming almost certain for the undermanned Europa League winners, Bayern midfielder Javi Martinez scored with the last shot of extra time to equalize and force the first penalty shootout in a UEFA Super Cup match.
Both sides were perfect through nine attempts in the shootout, but with Bayern up 5-4, supremely talented 20-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku stepped up and did this…
Neuer smothered the weak attempt at delayed foolery and that was it. Being as young as he is and without the experience to see how far from life and death this match was in the grand scheme of things, Lukaku took his failure rather hard. Seeing this, several Bayern players, including Franck Ribery, Dante, Toni Kroos and Daniel Van Buyton, joined his teammates in trying to comfort him.
Meanwhile, it was another trophy for Bayern and another loss to Pep Guardiola for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who, as you might have guessed, did not go quietly into the night. From the BBC:
“The best team lost. The opponents scored two, we scored two. But they scored one more penalty. But the best team clearly lost the match.
“The best team played with 10 men for a long, long period in the game. We played against the champions of Europe and my players were the best team – we only have reasons to be proud to believe in the future. But I prefer just to say the best team lost and stay with it.”
And to think this season’s European campaign has only just begun.
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