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RB Leipzig 3-5 Bayern Munich: Mane scores as Bavarians claim Super Cup trophy

Sadio Mane at Bayern
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A seven-goal thriller saw the Bundesliga champions claim their first title of the new season.

Bayern Munich defeated RB Leipzig 4-3 to win the German Super Cup on Saturday. Leipzig put up a fight against the Bavarians but fell short of preventing them from snatching the title.

An eight-goal thriller!

Bayern Munich started the game by dominating the possession early on while Leipzig tried to hurt them on the counter-attacks.

Following a few missed chances, Jamal Musiala opened the scoring for Bayern with a precise low shot in the 14th minute.

The Bavarians maintained the pressure on Leipzig’s defence, doubling their lead through Sadio Mane‘s tap-in 15 minutes later.

Bayern seemed to be on their way to an easy victory when Benjamin Pavard made it 3-0 just before the half-time whistle. However, Leipzig looked much improved as soon as the second period started.

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 The DFB Pokal winners scored their first goal of the night through Marcel Halstenberg’s header in the 59th minute. 

Serge Gnabry then made it 4-1 for Bayern, but that wasn’t enough to cool down Leipzig’s will to come back into the game.

Late goals from Christopher Nkunku and Dani Olmo brought Leipzig back into the game as Bayern tried to hold on to their one-goal lead. 

Die Roten Bullen came close to snatching the equalizer during the extra time. However, a brilliant last-minute goal from Leroy Sane ended their hopes of completing a comeback at their home stadium.

Bayern will now prepare to face Eintracht Frankfurt in their Bundesliga opener on Friday, while Leipzig will face Stuttgart two days later.

Player Ratings

Leipzig: Gulácsi (5), Simakan (6), Orban (6), Halstenberg (7), Henrichs (6), Klostermann (6), Kampl (6), Szoboszlai (7), Forsberg (5), Nkunku (7), Laimer (6).

Bench: Haidara (5), Olmo (7), Silva (7), Ramos (6).

Bayern: Neuer (6), Pavard (7), Upamecano (5), Hernandez (7). Davies (7), Kimmich (6), Sabitzer (7), Musiala (8), Müller (6), Gnabry (7), Mané (7).

Bench: Mazraoui (6), De Ligt (5), Coman (6), Gravenberch (5), Sane (7).