Bayern Munich, Juventus Win Super Cup Season Openers; PSG Draws
Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in German soccer’s season-opening Super Cup. Juventus, whose coach was suspended last week for failing to report a match- fixing incident, won Italy’s Super Cup.
Mario Mandzukic and Thomas Muller scored in the first 11 minutes at Munich’s Allianz Arena yesterday as Bayern ended a run of five straight losses to Dortmund. Robert Lewandowski got Dortmund’s goal in the 75th minute.
Germany’s Super Cup usually pits the Bundesliga champion against the winner of the German Cup, although Dortmund won both competitions last season with Bayern the runner-up in each.
Two days ago, defending Serie A champion Juventus scored twice in extra time in Beijing to defeat Napoli 4-2 in the Italian Super Cup. Napoli had Goran Pandev and Juan Camilo Zuniga red-carded late in regulation play.
Kwadwo Asamoah and Arturo Vidal scored in normal time for Juventus, with Edinson Cavani and Pandev getting the goals for Napoli, last season’s Italian Cup winner. A Christian Maggio own goal and a strike from Mirko Vucinic then sealed Juventus’s win.
Juventus coach Antonio Conte was suspended for 10 months on Aug. 10 by Italy’s soccer federation for failing to report a match-fixing incident. The club has said it will appeal his ban. Massimo Carrera is leading the team in Conte’s absence.
Montpellier opened the defense of its French league title with a 1-1 tie against nine-man Toulouse on Aug. 10. Paris Saint-Germain was also held to a home draw two days ago.
Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, signed from AC Milan in the offseason, salvaged a 2-2 tie for PSG against Lorient with a last-minute penalty. He also scored the opening goal for last season’s runner-up, which trailed 2-0 at halftime on a Maxwell own goal and a Jeremie Aliadiere strike.
Marseille won 1-0 at Reims yesterday.
Ajax, which last season won its 31st Dutch championship, was held to a 2-2 tie by AZ Alkmaar yesterday. Kolbeinn Sigthorsson rescued a point for Ajax with a goal after 83 minutes.
Porto secured a fourth straight Portuguese Super Cup title following a 1-0 win against Academica on Aug. 11. New signing Jackson Martinez headed the only goal in injury time.
WEEKEND RESULTS =============== Italy: Juventus 4-2 Napoli (Super Cup) Germany: Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund (Super Cup) France: Montpellier 1-1 Toulouse, Evian 2-3 Bordeaux, Nancy 1-0 Brest, Nice 0-1 AC Ajaccio, Paris St Germain 2-2 Lorient, Rennes 0-1 Lyon, Sochaux 2-3 Bastia, St Etienne 1-2 Lille, Troyes 0-1 Valenciennes, Reims 0-1 Marseille. Netherlands: Willem II 1-1 NAC Breda, RKC Waalwijk 3-2 PSV Eindhoven, Roda JC 1-1 FC Zwolle, Heracles 1-1 VVV, FC Utrecht 0-1 Feyenoord, FC Twente 4-1 Groningen, Heerenveen 0-2 NEC Nijmegen, Vitesse Arnhem 2-2 Den Haag, Ajax 2-2 AZ Alkmaar. Portugal: Porto 1-0 Academica (Super Cup)