Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 31st 2013 Contents A60
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PRAGUE---Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved
a penalty by substitute Romelu Lukaku to
give Champions League winner Bayern
Munich a 5-4 victory over Chelsea in a
shootout yesterday to claim the UEFA Super
Cup, after the game finished 2-2 following
Ten-man Chelsea looked on the verge of
victory after Eden Hazard made it 2-1 in extra
time but substitute Javi Martinez equalised
with the last kick of the game to force the
shootout. All nine players converted their
penalties before Lukaku stepped up, and Neuer
dove to his left to keep the shot out.
Fernando Torres had given Europa League
winner Chelsea an early lead with a fierce vol-
ley, before Franck Ribery equalised two minutes
into the second half with a hard shot that
seemed to catch Petr Cech by surprise.
Bayern won its first Super Cup in the club s
fourth attempt, earning a first trophy with
the team for new coach Pep Guardiola.
Chelsea was left a man down when Ramires
was sent off in the 85th minute after receiving
his second yellow card for a rough tackle on
substitute Mario Goetze.
That decision clearly upset Chelsea manager
Jose Mourinho who was trying to get an expla-
nation from referee Jonas Eriksson during the
break before extra time.
Mourinho has never won the Super Cup
while it was the third victory for his fierce
rival Guardiola who also won it with Barcelona
in 2009 and 2011.
Mourinho and Guardiola faced each other
in series of testy "clasicos" when the Por-
tuguese coach was with Real Madrid, and their
tense relationship brought an extra level of
intensity to this Super Cup. The contest that
pits last season s Champions League winner
against the Europa League champion is often
seen as lacking prestige, but it was clear from
the start that both teams badly wanted to win.
Throughout the match, Bayern was dom-
inating possession while Chelsea relied on
what Guardiola on Thursday called Mourinho s
most dangerous weapon: quick counters.
Torres, who returned to the starting lineup
after beginning on the bench against Man-
chester United on Monday, started the quick
move leading to the opening goal. He passed
to Eden Hazard who produced a strong run
through the middle of the field before finding
Andre Schurrle on the right flank, who squared
for Torres to net with an unstoppable right-
foot volley from inside the area. (AP)
Bayern beats Chelsea to win UEFA Super Cup
MONACO---Tottenham was grouped with
Anzhi Makhachkala and former champion
Valencia was pitted against Swansea in yester-
day s draw for the group stage of the Europa
Tottenham s group also includes Norwegian
side Tromso, which was chosen as the replace-
ment for Besiktas in Europe s second-tier com-
petition after the Turkish team was banned by
UEFA for fixing its victory in a domestic cup
final in 2011.
In Group A, Swansea will take its growing
contingent of Spanish players to face 2004 cham-
pion Valencia in its opening match. Europa League
debutants Kuban Krasnodar and Saint Gallen are
also in Group A.
"It s a strong group, but we are Valencia and
have big ambitions," Valencia coach Miroslav
Djukic said. "If you want to win this tournament
you have to look to beat everyone. We are con-
APOEL was also added to the draw after being
picked as the lucky loser to replace Fenerbahce,
which lost its appeal against a two-year com-
petition ban for match-fixing on Wednesday.
The Cypriot club was handed a tough group
with Bordeaux, Eintracht Frankfurt and Maccabi
Sevilla, which won the competition in 2006
and 2007, will face Estoril and Slovan Liberec as
well as Freiburg, which had an impressive season
in the Bundesliga last year. (AP)
in Europa League
GELSENKIRCHEN---Schalke has signed Ghana mid-
fielder Kevin-Prince Boateng from AC Milan.
The Italian side confirmed the deal on its website
yesterday, when Schalke presented the player at a
"I am very happy to be home in Germany, in the
best league in the world," Boateng said.
Schalke general manager Horst Heldt said the club
had signed the 26-year-old Boateng to a four-year
"He is a player of extraordinary quality and a
leading personality," Heldt said.
Heldt said it was easy to convince Boateng to switch
to the Gelsenkirchen-based club - the difficulty was
in convincing Milan to sell him.
Boateng scored twice as Milan qualified for the
Champions League with a 3-0 win over PSV Eind-
hoven on Wednesday. Under UEFA rules, he remains
eligible to play for Schalke in the competition proper.
Schalke signs Boateng
from AC Milan
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