Javier ART Martinez was Bayern Munich’s potential hero in the UEFA Super Cup.
Seven years after scoring the second extra-time goal to help Bayern win their last title, the Spaniard came off the bench to be the 104th-minute winner against Sevilla in Budapest.
Sevilla led just 13 minutes later when Lucas Ocampos mistakenly sent Manuel Neuer from the penalty spot.
English referee Anthony Taylor fined David Alaba for a charge against Evan Rittic, who was making his second start for the La Liga team since returning from Barcelona this summer.
But Leon Goretzka equalized things by doing housework in expert fashion with an expert touch from Robert Lewandowski, 11 minutes before the break.
Sevilla should have won the game at the end of normal time when Youssef N-Nesri clearly stepped forward, only to make a big save for Neuer – one of two would save the Germans who were made to reject the same player.
A goalless second half meant an extra half hour played and Martinez – who will leave the Allianz Arena – arrived and was knocked out just five minutes later.
Sevilla stopper Yassin Baunou avoided an Alaba strike but straight to Martinez, who planted his header out of reach of the Moroccans.
And the Champions League winners went on to win.
Bayern are now unbeaten in 32 consecutive matches – as of December 7, 2019.
And it also means they have completed a sensational quadruple by adding Super Cups to win their Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup.
The win will be even more special after being able to celebrate in front of some of his fans.
Some 15,000 supporters, including 3,000 from each club, were allowed to enter Budapest’s Puskas Arena, which was seen as a test of the gradual return of fans to European games.
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