Wolfsburg, PSG knock off Bayern Munich, Lyon in German, French Super Cups (video)


A roundup of Saturday’s Super Cup action in Germany and France:

Wolfsburg 1-1 (5-4 PKs) Bayern Munich

The German domestic season is off and running after last year’s runaway Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich, and German Cup winners, Wolfsburg, faced off in the German Super Cup at the Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg.

Arjen Robben opened the scoring for the three-time defending league champions, when he hammered home a loose ball from close range in the 49th minute. Douglas Costa broke down the left wing and whipped in a cross to the near post, where goalkeeper Koen Casteels couldn’t hold the ball and spilled it inside his six-yard box. Robben and Robert Lewandowski both pounced quickly, but the Dutchman was first to the ball and rifled his left-footed shot inside the near post.

With little more than a minute left in regular time, Wolfsburg pulled level through Nicklas Bendtner’s delicate finish of Kevin De Bruyne’s cross. The Belgian playmaker surged down the right wing and sent his cross to the near post, where Bendtner did well to lift his first-time effort over a sprawling Manuel Neuer.

Tied after 90 minutes, the game went to a penalty kick shootout where the defending Cup champions went a perfect five-for-five and capitalized on Bayern’s second spot kick, taken by Xabi Alsono, which was saved by Casteels’ trailing foot.

Last year’s one-two finishers in the Bundesliga next meet, in league play, on Sept. 22.

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Paris Saint-German 2-0 Lyon

Elsewhere, at Stade Saputo in Montreal, last year’s Ligue 1 champions, Paris Saint-Germain, continued their domestic domination with a 2-0 victory over last year’s second-place finishers in Ligue 1 (PSG won the league, French Cup and French League Cup), Lyon.

Ivorian right back Serge Aurier opened the scoring with a header from close range in the 11th minute. Following a free kick in the attacking third, David Luiz remained forward and recovered the loose ball inside Lyon’s penalty area. Luiz crossed from the endline and Aurier took it from there.

Edinson Cavani tacked on the insurance six minutes later when he hammered home the rebound from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s initial shot. Ibrahimovic got behind the Lyon defense down the right, fired a powerful effort on Anthony Lopes’s goal. Lopes made the save but watched helplessly as it bounced to Cavani eight yards from goal. The Uruguayan roofed his first-time blast and the scoring was complete.