Bayern win the 2012 Super Cup
By Nick Webster
Beaten five times previously by current Bundesliga champions, Borussia Dortmund over the last two seasons, FC Bayern München showed that there would be a new sheriff in town for the new campaign with a 2-1 win against their rivals in the German Super Cup.
The most recent of those defeats, which stretch back over the last two seasons, came in the domestic cup final at the end of the last campaign in May, when Robert Lewandowski scored a stunning hat-trick during a 5-2 win for the Bundesliga champions.
The Polish striker was on target against the Bavarians once more at the Fußball Arena München, though this time his goal was only a consolation following strikes in the first 11 minutes from summer signing Mario Mandžukić and Thomas Müller.
Mandžukić set Bayern en route to their fourth Super Cup triumph by slamming home Franck Ribéry's excellent cross, which the France winger had delivered deliciously with the outside of his right foot from the left flank.
The new arrival from VfL Wolfsburg also played a pivotal role in the second goal, releasing Arjen Robben with a defence-splitting pass. Though the Dutch international's shot hit the far post but rebounded nicely to the grateful Müller was following up.
Lewandowski gave Dortmund a sniff with a quarter of an hour remaining, turning neatly on the edge of the penalty area and placing a shot beyond Manuel Neuer.