Sadio Mane 'really happy' after scoring for Bayern Munich in German Super Cup triumph

Senegalese forward scores second goal as Bundesliga champions claim 5-3 win over German Cup holders

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Sadio Mane said he was "really happy" to begin life at Bayern Munich with a goal and a trophy after the Bundesliga champions defeated German Cup holders RB Leipzig 5-3 in the German Super Cup on Saturday.

The African Player of the Year, who ended a six-year stint at Liverpool to move to Bayern in the summer, also had two goals ruled out for offside in the game played at Leipzig's Red Bull Arena.

"I'm really happy to win my first game and first trophy. You can't complain. I'm really happy to be part of this great club," said Mane.

Senegalese star Mane was on target on the half-hour mark for his team's second goal in the German season curtain-raiser.

Jamal Musiala, who opened the scoring, played a perfect pass to unlock the Leipzig offside trap and release Serge Gnabry whose pass across the front of goal was tapped home by Mane.

Bayern, beginning a new era after the departure of star striker Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona, had taken the lead after 14 minutes thanks to Musiala getting the better of Leipzig's Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

The impressive Musiala was at the heart of Bayern's third goal on the stroke of half-time when the teenager's astute pass was drilled home by France international Benjamin Pavard.

Marcel Halstenberg headed in on the hour as Leipzig cut the deficit but it only took Bayern five minutes to restore their three-goal advantage. Thomas Muller had a shot only half saved by Gulacsi, and Gnabry was quickest to react to the loose ball to make the score 4-1.

Another new signing Ryan Gravenberch, who arrived from Ajax, came on to replace Muller for Bayern before Mane had a goal ruled out by VAR for offside.

In an end-to-end second half, Leipzig grabbed their second goal of the evening courtesy of a Christopher Nkunku penalty after Dani Olmo had been brought down in the area.

As the clock ticked down, Bayern brought on another new signing in Dutch centre-back Matthijs de Ligt who joined from Juventus for €67 million ($68.2m).

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

Bayern then had to survive a few nervy moments as Leipzig pushed for a fourth but Leroy Sane wrapped up the game with his team's fifth goal in the eighth minute of stoppage time.

"We did very well in the first half but from the 60th minute you could see that we were running out of steam," Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann said.

"We've only been in training for 19 days, you shouldn't forget that. We deserved to win, there's no question about that."

Bayern Munich begin the defence of their Bundesliga title away to Eintracht Frankfurt next Friday, while Leipzig open their new season away to Stuttgart next Sunday.

Updated: July 31, 2022, 9:10 AM
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