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FC Bayern Munich and Chelsea contested the UEFA Super Cup in Prague's Eden Stadium. Jerome Boateng (l.) was in the Bayern side that lost to the Blues in the final of the Champions League in 2012 Philipp Lahm (l,) was utilised in central midfield for the Reds on account of an injury to Bastian Schweinsteiger, with Rafinha slotting in a right back Thomas Müller admitted he had unfinished business with Chelsea after the 2012 Champions League final, in which he scored the opening goal: The 24-year-old had two good chance in the first half Bayern looked slightly vulnerable on the counter-attack in recent weeks and that frailty was exposed again on 8 minutes, when Fernando Torres (m.) converted Andre Schürrle's cross Bayern's main threat came from Franck Ribery (l.), yesterday crowned the 2012/13 UEFA Best Player in Europe. However,  Chelsea's Gary Cahill did a good job of limiting the Frenchman's impact in the opening 45 minutes The script was written though, it seemed, as Ribery (3rd. l.) promptly brought Bayern level in the early moments of the second half with a fizzing low drive It was confirmation of his status as, officially, last season's Best Player in Europe and one of the greatest in world football at the present tome Despite Bayern's numerical advantage, they fell behind in extra-time when Eden Hazard fired Chelsea ahead with a powerful effort from outside the box Bayern piled on the pressure after Hazard's strike, forcing Petr Cech into several good saves. Gary Cahill (r.) also produced a superb tackle to stop substitute Xherdan Shaqiri tapping in an equaliser Javi Martinez (r.) finally snatched a dramatic equaliser for Guardiola's side with just seconds left on the clock, sending the tie to a penalty shoot-out. Martinez's goal was no more than Bayern deserved. They had 37 attempts during the 120 minutes, including 18 in extra-time. After nine superb penalties, Romelu Lukaku stepped up for Chelsea. His tame effort was easily saved by Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal to spark wild celebrations from the men in red Belgian international Lukaku (3rd l.) was inconsolable following his penalty miss... ...but Bayern celebrate the first UEFA Super Cup in their history, and gain revenge on the Blues for the 2012 Champions league final
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