Dortmund Super Cup winners
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the German Super Cup today to win the first domestic title of the season.
Dortmund shut down former teammate Robert Lewandowski, while on the other side Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in the 23rd minute and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed the victory in the 62nd.
“We defended sensationally and allowed very little,” Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said. “We stayed with it for 90 minutes, but we are still a long way from being where we want to be.”
Both teams played without many of their World Cup stars, who have only recently returned to duty.
Dortmund also beat Bayern 4-2 in last season’s Super Cup, but Bayern went on to sweep the domestic double ahead of Dortmund. The Bundesliga season kicks off on August 22.
Lewandowski, the Bundesliga’s top scorer last season with Dortmund, stayed scoreless in his official debut for Bayern. He had one shot on goal that was well saved by Mitch Langerak. Lewandowski moved to Bayern on a free transfer in the offseason and was greeted with boos from the mostly partisan crowd of 80 667 at Dortmund’s stadium.
“It was our first game and our attack was not good. Dortmund played better,” Lewandowski said.
Bayern’s defensive midfielder Javi Martinez, who played as one of three defenders, left the match on a stretcher after 31 minutes with a left-knee injury.
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola later said he feared that Martinez would be out “for a long time”, while German media speculated that he had torn ligaments.
“We still need time. But the bad news is the injury to Javi Martinez. We will know more on Thursday [tomorrow], but I think he will be out for a long time,” Guardiola said.
Winger Franck Ribery also sat out the match with a reported knee injury, after announcing earlier that he was quitting the France national team. Netherlands winger Arjen Robben also missed the match for Bayern.