• Martínez heads Bayern past Sevilla to win Super Cup
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    Martínez heads Bayern past Sevilla to win Super Cup

    BUDAPEST, Hungary — Javi Martínez headed in the winning goal in extra time as Bayern Munich beat Sevilla 2-1 in the UEFA Super Cup on Thursday in a stadium partially filled with fans.Seven years after scoring another extra-time goal to help Bayern win its last Super Cup, Martínez rose above a crowd of players to head in the rebound when Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou parried David Alaba's speculative shot in the 104th minute.It could be one of Martínez's last games for Bayern after chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told German media last month that the versatile defensive player was seeking to leave.Playing extra time was far from ideal for either team in a season which has started later than normal and will have a more congested calendar amid the coronavirus pandemic. For both Bayern and Sevilla it was the start of a run of four games in 11 days and came barely a month after Bayern beat Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final.Europa League champion Sevilla took an early lead when David Alaba fouled Ivan Rakitic and Lucas Ocampos converted the 13th-minute penalty. Champions League winner Bayern levelled when Leon Goretzka hammered in a ball expertly cued up for him by Robert Lewandowski in the 34th.Bayern was largely in control of the second half but saw two goals ruled out — one for offside, one for a shove by Lewandowski — and needed Neuer to save Youssef En-Nesyri's shot on the counterattack in the 87th minute.The game was played with around 15,000 supporters in the Puskas Arena, around a quarter of capacity, as UEFA trialed a partial return of fans in time for the Champions League and Europa League group stages.However, the recent rise in coronavirus cases across Europe — and Budapest in particular — made it a controversial move.Around 800 out of the 2,100 tickets sold to Bayern fans were returned ahead of the game after politicians in the state of Bavaria warned fans against going to Budapest. Sevilla distributed around 500 tickets, meaning the vast majority of people in the stadium were Hungarian locals.Social distancing rules were largely followed at the Puskas Arena, with fans sitting in ones and twos with empty seats in between.The international travel for Bayern and Sevilla fans also made the Super Cup an outlier. The main European leagues that have resumed with supporters, such as Germany and France, have restricted games to home fans so as not to encourage long-distance travel during the pandemic.Bayern lifted a fourth trophy in three months after the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League, even if it was a largely symbolic prize. Sevilla has played four Super Cup games in the last seven years as a serial winner of the Europa League and lost them all.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press

  • Small goal frames changed before Tottenham's EL game
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    Small goal frames changed before Tottenham's EL game

    SKOPJE, Macedonia — Tottenham had to ask for the goal frames to be changed ahead of its Europa League qualifying win over North Macedonian club Shkendija on Thursday after discovering they were too small. Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said his goalkeepers noticed during warmups that the goals at Tose Proeski Arena in Skopje didn't have the right height. The goals were changed by UEFA officials and Tottenham won the game 3-1 to advance to the playoff round.Mourinho later posted pictures on Instagram of himself almost touching the crossbar while Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was easily grabbing the woodwork.“Before the game was a funny situation because my goalkeepers told me that the goal was small,” Mourinho said. “I went by myself and of course the goal was small. The goalkeepers, they spend hours and hours and hours in the goal so they know when the goal is not the right dimension.“I am not a goalkeeper but I know football since I was a kid and I know when I stand there and I spread my arms and I know the distance, so I felt immediately that something was going wrong."The game was level 1-1 before Son Heung-min and Harry Kane scored in the final 20 minutes for Tottenham.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press

  • Liverpool to play Arsenal twice next week after cup win
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    Liverpool to play Arsenal twice next week after cup win

    LONDON — Liverpool teenager Curtis Jones scored twice in a 7-2 victory over Lincoln in the League Cup, and defending champion Manchester City edged past Bournemouth 2-1 on Thursday.Liverpool advanced to a fourth-round meeting next Thursday with Arsenal, which also plays at Anfield in the Premier League on Monday.Phil Foden's late goal secured City's progress to a match next week with Burnley. Bertrand Traore made a scoring start to his Aston Villa career in a 3-0 win at Bristol City that set up a meeting with Stoke.LIVERPOOL RAMPANTThe 19-year-old Jones scored Liverpool’s third and fourth goals before halftime, cutting in from the left on both occasions to curl in right-footed shots, and was the visitors’ main creative force in midfield.Jones also won the free kick from which Xherdan Shaqiri whipped in the opener for his first goal in over nine months.Takumi Minamino continued his promising start to the season with a first-time shot in the 18th minute.All of Liverpool’s four first-half goals were scored from at least 20 yards.Eighteen seconds after the break Minamino added another, stabbing in Harvey Elliott’s smothered effort. Marko Grujic scored his first for the club almost five years after joining, and Divock Origi wrapped up the rout in the 89th with his ninth goal in 12 League Cup matches.Tayo Edun and Lewis Montsma had made it 5-1 and 6-2 by scoring for third-tier side Lincoln.CITY DEBUTSLiam Delap, the 17-year-old son of former Stoke midfielder Rory, made his City debut alongside American goalkeeper Zack Steffen.City took the lead in the 18th when Foden set up Delap, who swept a left-footed shot into the top corner from just inside the box.But Bournemouth, which was relegated from the Premier League in July, levelled in four minutes through Sam Surridge.City brought Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling off the bench in the latter stages and secured the victory in the 75th when Foden scored after Riyad Mahrez hit the post.TRAORE IMPACTAnwar El Ghazi struck in the 11th minute and Traore quickly doubled the advantage against Bristol City with a volley 14 minutes into his debut after joining from Lyon.Ollie Watkins, on as a 70th-minute substitute for Traore, scored his second goal in this season’s competition within three minutes of his arrival.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press