Matchday Musings: Bayern Munich 2-2 Chelsea (pen. 5-4)
Torres Reigns in Europe
Yet to score a Premier League goal this year for Chelsea football club, Fernando Torres has broken the curse and scored in the Super Cup. A clash of arguably two of the best clubs in world football, facing each other as former champions of last seasons Champions League, Bayern Munich, and Europa League, Chelsea. A very high stakes match tonight and Torres took power over the game scoring so early. A perfect cross from Eden Hazard on the outside during a counter-attack. El Nino powered it past Neuer who had no chance of getting a touch on the ball while falling to the ground. The Blues were now one goal ahead of Munich having only played seven minutes.
Ribery Responds to Chelsea
Finishing the first half with neither side to add any more to the board, Chelsea came back in a great place against the former Champion League winners. Bayern Munich’s strength showed when they scored against Cech in the 47th minute. A perfectly fit goal for the just named UEFA player of the year. Ribery showed the world just how much he deserved that award when he put his team back in the race. This is the French international’s second goal of the new season after scoring earlier in the Bundesliga. A strong presence on the field as he showed his dominance after his first goal.
The Tally Goes Back to Chelsea
The third goal of the night was scored by Eden Hazard for Chelsea in the first half of extra time. The most ideal scenario for a Super Cup final game at the beginning of the season has happened as the teams return to the pitch for extra time. Straight out of the gate Chelsea shows their sheer passion and will to win by scoring a second goal inside the box. Mourinho and the squad now have a one goal lead again while in extra time. A late substitution for Terry to come in, Eden Hazard had a great night in Prague scoring his first goal of the season.
Martinez Keeps Munich’s Hopes Up
Once a near doubt to keep playing, Javi Martinez managed to keep playing and eventually score the match tying goal. Bayern Munich would have a slight advantage over the Blue’s after Ramires had been sent off due to a red card. The entire second half of extra time was in Munich’s favor as their possession and attacking style gave them multiple chances. Eventually Chelsea’s defense could not clear the ball from the box and left an open target at goal to put the game into penalties. Over 120 minutes have been played so far and the entire match lays in the hands of penalties.
5-4 Win for Munich
The worlds view now switches to Petr Cech and Manuel Neuer as they will tend against the line-up of penalty shooters. Starting with an easy shot by David Luiz, the entire penalty shoot went smoothly. Both teams scored the first four shots in succession. Now the fifth shooter of each team steps up. Romelu Lukaku faces Neuer to decide the fate of the match. A lucky guess by Neuer sent him to defend the ball from a near goal giving Bayern Munich the win. A very intense game as Guardiola and his German squad walked away with the cup above their heads.