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Football Briefs: Bayern win German Super Cup

August 06, 2017 12:45 IST

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Bayern Munich players celebrate with the trophy after winning the DFL-Supercup Final

IMAGE: Bayern Munich players celebrate with the trophy after winning the DFL-Supercup Final against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

German champions Bayern Munich beat Cup holders Borussia Dortmund 5-4 on penalties to win a record sixth Super Cup after the entertaining curtain-raiser to the new season finished 2-2 in regular time on Saturday.

Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich saved Marc Bartra's sudden-death spot kick to settle a riveting tie at Dortmund's packed SignalIdunaPark, as Bayern twice came from behind during the 90 minutes and also turned the tide in the penalty shootout.

Dortmund looked to have done enough after top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a superb 71st-minute goal to give the home side a 2-1 lead but they were undone by a late Lukasz Piszczek own-goal.

American 18-year old forward Christian Pulisic fired Dortmund ahead in the 12th minute when he robbed Javi Martinez and steered the ball past Ulreich, moments after Robert Lewandowski fired over the bar at the other end.

Bayern's hitman Lewandowski made amends six minutes later with a simple tap-in from three metres after a darting run and cross by right back Joshua Kimmich, who beat the offside trap.

Dortmund keeper Roman Buerki made four superb saves in the opening half to deny Thomas Mueller twice, Sebastian Rudy and the evergreen Franck Ribery, who gave his markers a roasting on the left flank.

The pace remained unrelenting after the break as Bayern pressed forward but were again punished for squandering several opportunities.

Released by strike partner Ousmane Dembele, the elusive Aubameyang slipped through the middle and dinked his shot with the outside of his foot over Ulreich from 13 metres.

Just when the home fans were ready to start celebrating, an almighty melee ensued in the 88th minute after the ball cannoned off the Dortmund crossbar and Piszczek turned it into his own net after Kimmich got a touch.

Dortmund again gained the upper hand during the shootout as Buerki saved Kimmich's shot, but his counterpart Ulreich then denied Sebastian Rode and Bartra to hand Bayern their first trophy of the season.

Terry makes Villa debut in opening-day draw with Hull

Former England skipper John Terry began life after Chelsea by making his debut for Aston Villa in a 1-1 draw against HullCity in the second-tier Championship on Saturday.

The 36-year-old defender, who left Chelsea at the end of last season having played more than 700 games for the west London side, was named in Steve Bruce's starting line-up at Villa Park and completed the 90 minutes.

He could not celebrate a victory, however, as Hull's Jarrod Bowen cancelled out an early strike from Gabby Agbonlahor.

Middlesbrough began life back in England's second tier in disappointing fashion as they lost 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Leo Bonatini's 33rd-minute goal was enough to earn Wolves the points and ruin Garry Monk's first competitive game in charge of Boro who are one of the promotion favourites having been relegated from the Premier League last season.

Reading, beaten by HuddersfieldTown in last season's playoff final, went down 2-0 at Queens Park Rangers for whom Conor Washington scored twice.

Fulham, another side fancied for promotion, were frustrated as they were held 1-1 at home by NorwichCity after the visitors equalised late on through Nelson Oliveira.

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