International Soccer
 
              === Neuer's save lifts Bayern to Super Cup title ===
 
 Prague, Czech Republic (Sports Network) - Manuel Neuer made the crucial save on
 a  Romelu Lukaku  shot on  Friday as  Bayern Munich  claimed a  5-4 victory  in
 penalty kicks over Chelsea to claim the UEFA Super Cup title at the Eden Arena.
 
 In  a  heated rematch of the  2011 Champions League final, Chelsea, last year's
 Europa  League  winners, got off  to a quick start  just eight minutes into the
 match when Oscar sent a low cross into the box that was smashed home first time
 by Fernando Torres to give the London club the early edge.
 
 But  the  reigning European champions equalized  in the 47th minute when Franck
 Ribery blasted it past a diving Petr Cech to bring the Bavarians level.
 
 The  Blues  went down  to 10 men  in the  85th minute when  Ramires was shown a
 second  yellow  card for a rash  challenge on Bayern's Mario Gotze, but Chelsea
 held on until the end of the 90 minutes to force extra time.
 
 In  the extra  time Chelsea grabbed the  advantage back in the 93rd minute when
 Eden Hazard drove down the left flank, cut to the center of the park and ripped
 it past Neuer to give the Blues a rather improbable advantage.
 
 The  German champions  poured it  on  in extra  time, forcing  Cech in  several
 spectacular  saves  and finally collected  an equalizer  in the 121st minute of
 play  when  the ball fell to  the feet of  Javi Martinez, who quickly ripped it
 home to force the penalty shootout.
 
 In  the  shootout, both sides  converted their opportunities  as it was 5-4 for
 Bayern following a strike by Xherdan Shaqiri.
 
 Needing   a   goal  to  keep   the  match  alive,   the  Blues  turned  to  the
 youngster  Lukaku,  who  excelled  on  loan  last  season  with  West  Bromwich
 Albion.  Lukaku stepped  up and  sent a  shot toward  the bottom  right corner,
 but  Neuer guessed  correctly and made a  diving stop to hand Bayern Munich its
 first-ever Super Cup trophy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 08/30 17:50:51 ET

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