Mane opens Bayern’s scoring in German Supercup win



Sadio Mane opened his tally for Bayern Munich as the Bundesliga champions beat Leipzig 5-3 to win the German Super Cup for the 10th time on Saturday.

The African Player of the Year, who ended his six-year stay at Liverpool and moved to Bayern in the summer, also missed two goals due to offside in a game played at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig.

“I am very happy to win my first game and first trophy. You cannot complain. I am very happy to be a part of this great club,” Mane said.

Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann said his team deserved to win.

“We performed very well in the first half, but already in the 60th minute it was clear that we were running out of steam,” he said.

“We only trained for 19 days, don’t forget that. We deserved to win, there’s no doubt about it.”

Senegalese star Mane scored his team’s second goal ahead of the season in Germany at the half-hour mark.

Jamal Musiala made a great pass to unblock Leipzig’s offside and free Serge Gnabry, whose pass through the center of the goal was flagged by Mane.

Bayern, who started a new era after the departure of star striker Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona, ​​took the lead after 14 minutes thanks to Musiala’s take on Leipzig’s Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulaci.

The impressive Musiala was the heart of Bayern’s third halftime goal, when the teen’s shrewd pass landed France’s Benjamin Pavard on the ball.

Marcel Halstenberg took the lead at the hour Leipzig closed the gap, but it only took Bayern five minutes to regain their three-goal lead.

Thomas Müller half saved Gulaci’s shot, while Gnabry reacted the fastest to the lost ball and made the score 4:1.

Another new player, Ryan Gravenbirch, who joined from Ajax, replaced Müller at Bayern before Mane ruled out a VAR goal for offside.

At the end of the second half, Leipzig scored their second goal of the evening thanks to Christopher Nkunku’s penalty after Dani Olmo was knocked down in the box.

As the clock ticked on, Bayern struck another new deal in Dutch centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, who came from Juventus for 67 million euros ($68.2 million).

With six minutes left, Mane ruled out a second goal, again for offside, before Spain international Olmo pulled another goal back for Leipzig in the 89th minute after a quick break.

Bayern then went through some nerve-wracking moments when Leipzig scored a fourth, but Leroy Sane ended the game with his team’s fifth goal eight minutes into stoppage time.

Bayern Munich will start their Bundesliga title defense away from Eintracht Frankfurt next Friday.