After extra time on Thursday to win the UEFA Super Cup and complete a quadruple under coach Hansi Flick, Bayern Munich defeated Sevilla 2-1 in the first European game played with fans in the stands since the sport returned amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Substitute Javi Martinez, in probably his last Bayern match, led the winner in the 104th minute after Sevilla’s Europa League winners had taken a 13th-minute lead through the penalty of Lucas Ocampos and in the 34th minute Bayern leveled through Leon Goretzka.
After Flick took over last November, the Bavarians, now unbeaten in 32 consecutive matches, also won the domestic league and cup double as well as the Champions League. Their last setback was in December of 2019.
It was an intense game, “Flick told reporters,” but we deserved to win. “Despite our major win (8-0) over Schalke 04 on the weekend, we are not yet completely in our groove.
“But the team’s attitude was sensational, especially after going 1-0 down. They fought back against very strong opponents and deserved the win.”
In the first half, Bayern had been the better side and missed a bagful of chances through Robert Lewandowski, Benjamin Pavard, and Thomas Muller.