Bayern sink Chelsea in Super Cup shootout
Updated: 2013-08-31 14:07
Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery scores against Chelsea during their UEFA Super Cup soccer match at Eden stadium in Prague Aug 30, 2013. [Photo/Agencies]
The game began with Bayern on the front foot and it came as a surprise when the recalled Torres found the top corner of the net after good work by Schuerrle and Hazard.
Torres, playing with renewed confidence, twice went close to a second goal as Chelsea were determined to avoid a repeat of last year's 4-1 Super Cup humbling by a Radamel Falcao-inspired Atletico Madrid.
Cech had to make a fingertip save to deny Bayern dangerman Ribery in the 22nd minute but the France winger eventually broke through two minutes into the second half with a shot that the Chelsea keeper could have stopped.
Bayern looked the classier team although Chelsea almost went back in front when defender Dante slipped in the penalty area. Schuerrle pounced on the loose ball and released Oscar who missed a golden opportunity with the goal gaping.
Chelsea went close again when Branislav Ivanovic headed against the crossbar and David Luiz forced a smart low save from Neuer.
Ramires was shown a red card for a reckless challenge on substitute Mario Goetze before Belgium winger Hazard put Chelsea back into the lead.
Bayern laid siege to the opposition goal for most of extra-time and Chelsea needed Cech, playing in his native country, to pull off save after save to deny the Bavarians an equaliser.
The Czech Republic international, however, was powerless to stop Javi Martinez when the ball deflected into his path six metres out just seconds before the final whistle.
"I'm so happy for the team and the coach," said Ribery after triple Super Cup runners-up Bayern lifted the trophy for the first time. "It was a special day for him in his legendary rivalry with Mourinho.
"We were lucky today. I think this win helps us and will give us some impetus."