European Super Cup 2016/17
: Good day, everyone, and welcome to the GelreDome, home to Vitesse, but today it will be hosting the European Super Cup match between Aston Villa and Bayern Munich. Beside me here is former Chelsea and Aston Villa midfielder Frank Lampard.
: Great to be here, Gary.
: I'm really psyched for this one, it's going to be a good match. Champions League winners versus Europa League winners. Let's take a look at the line-ups.
: Bardi; Nagatomo, Montero, Clark, Romero; Hughes, Gardner, Mattheus; Hacieyupoglu, Nem; Fierro
: Neuer; Xulu, Heitinga, Lopez; Muller, Kroos, Schweinsteiger, Ramires, Giaccherini, Ramirez, Lukaku
: Summer signing Francesco Bardi starts in goal ahead of Samir Handanovic, his first official game for Aston Villa after Handanovic started Villa's first two Premier League games of the season. Yuto Nagatomo is at right-back as usual with John Romero at left-back. Ciaran Clark in defense will be hoping to lift that Super Cup as captain today, and his partner is Villa's young Uruguayan defender Daniel Montero.
: With Ron Vlaar just returning from injury, David must not want to risk him to keep him fresh for the upcoming league games.
: Will Hughes, Gary Gardner and Mattheus will form the three-man midfield for Villa today. Fabian Delph is out injured and he'll be a massive miss for Villa but I think they'll cope just fine.
: The brilliant thing about Villa is if one of the key players get injured, there's always reliable, very reliable backup.
: Right you are on that, Frankie. Wellington Nem will be on the left wing today again and on the right is... what's his name there?
: Shall we just call him Hacie?
: Yes, that's brilliant. Gokmen Hacie, signed from Galatasaray just a month ago will start on the right wing.
: I've not seen this lad play much so I'm looking forward to seeing if he impresses.
: Lastly, Carlos Fierro is the man who will lead the assault on Bayern's defense today.
: Moving on to Bayern Munich, it is Manuel Neuer in between the posts as usual and a three-man defense of Siyanda Xulu, John Heitinga and Lisandro Lopez.
: Lopez shares his name with that other Lisandro Lopez from Lyon, doesn't he?
: Indeed, Gary. I'm a bit puzzled as to why Xulu is starting though, Per Mertesacker is a better choice, surely?
: Yes, I believe so! More importantly, Lopez is also starting ahead of Bayern's own captain, Philipp Lahm. Antonio Conte has made a lot of surprising decisions for his line-up today.
: Bayern will start a rich midfield of Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, captain-of-the-day Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ramires and Emanuele Giaccherini. An extremely strong midfield for Bayern that Aston Villa will find hard to play against. Giaccherini is the weak link among them, though. I personally feel the man over there today should be Gaston Ramirez.
: Speaking of Gaston Ramirez, he is lining up as a striker alongside Romelu Lukaku today. No sign of Fabio Borini, who has had quite a season with Bayern last year.
: The players are streaming out of the tunnel now, and kick-off is imminent. See you all at the end of the match.
1' - We kick off here at the GelreDome, in line for a spectacular match between Aston Villa and Bayern Munich.
5' - Romelu Lukaku gets the ball from a Giaccherini free kick, and hits it fiercely past Francesco Bardi into the net, but it's ruled off-side!
- Bayern show off their passing ability and eventually Gaston Ramirez plays it to Thomas Muller who places it into the net from a tight angle. A very good goal! Bayern 1-0 up!
- WHAT A GOAL! Villa's Mattheus crosses it in for Daniel Montero in the box but the Uruguayan loses the header to Siyana Xulu. However, Xulu foolishly heads it to Mattheus again, and he gets the ball to Carlos Fierro who strikes it hard past four Bayern Munich players and past Manuel Neuer. Brilliant goal!
45' - HT: Aston Villa 1-1 Bayern Munich. Bayern have been the more dominant side for the majority of the first half but Aston Villa are starting to come out of their shell. Both sides go into the break level and the second half promises to be spectacularly thrilling.
45' - We return to the GelreDome at the end of half-time. John Romero will come off for Ron Vlaar to come on, with Ciaran Clark moving to left-back. Giaccherini also comes off for Mario Gomez at the half-time break.
- A fantastic goal as Muller crosses it from the right to Gaston Ramirez, who in turn crosses in from the left for Romelu Lukaku to power a header past Francesco Bardi.
- Poor marking from Daniel Montero sees Romelu Lukaku easily slip the ball to Mario Gomez who gets free of his markers. Gomez wins his one-on-one with Bardi to put Bayern 3-1 up.
75' - Jack Grealish is coming on for Gokmen Hacie, and Adam Campbell comes on for Carlos Fierro.
- Bayern aren't finished yet as Mario Gomez floats it towards Ramires who makes a dashing run into the Villa box to strike the ball into the net. 4-1 Bayern!
89' - Wellington Nem hits it, and it looks a certain goal! But no, the ball flies just over the Bayern Munich net.
90' - FT: Aston Villa 1-4 Bayern Munich. The Villans seemed to crumble in the second half as Bayern hit back with 3 goals. This will not have done anything to boost their morale for the upcoming season, but credit to Bayern Munich for their fantastic play.