German champions Bayern Munich survived a late comeback from RB Leipzig to assert a 5-3 victory within the DFL German Supercup on Saturday with a formidable first half attacking show and new signing Sadio Mane scoring on his debut.
Bayern, aiming for an eleventh consecutive Bundesliga title this season, had been desperate to show that they remained a severe attacking risk regardless of the departure of prime striker Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona, and they didn’t have to attend lengthy.
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They scored 3 times earlier than the break via Jamal Musiala, Mane and Benjamin Pavard to take management of the sport.
“We did it rather well within the first half. Leipzig defended deep and we had numerous time to construct issues up,” Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann mentioned. “We allowed just one shot. But within the second half after about an hour the compactness was not there.
“At the top we needed to consider that we might be operating a bit out of steam as Leipzig are in preparation a bit longer. We are glad to have defended the title.”
Musiala rifled within the opener within the 14th minute earlier than Serge Gnabry reduce via the Leipzig protection and delivered an ideal help for Senegal worldwide Mane, who has joined from Liverpool, to faucet within the second purpose within the thirty first.
Leipzig’s collapse regarded full in first half stoppage time when Musiala weaved his manner into the field and arrange Benjamin Pavard to drill the ball dwelling.
Bayern’s backline was equally efficient within the first half with Leipzig having just one shot on purpose within the 45 minutes.
That all modified after the break with the hosts hitting the woodwork within the 56th with substitute Andre Silva’s highly effective header earlier than Marcel Halstenberg went one higher along with his personal header three minutes later to chop the deficit.
Gnabry briefly restored Bayern’s three-purpose cushion when he fired into the highest of the online on the rebound after Thomas Muller’s shot was palmed away by keeper Peter Gulacsi.
A 77th minute penalty by Christopher Nkunku made it 4-2 earlier than Leipzig group mate Dani Olmo scored with a robust shot to arrange a nervous finale to an entertaining encounter.
However, late substitute Leroy Sane made certain of the primary title of the season for Bayern, scoring on the break with the final kick of the sport.
The Bundesliga season kicks off on Aug. 5.