FC Schalke 04 beat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 on penalties to win the German Super Cup.
Schalke, who lifted the German Cup following a 5-0 win against MSV Duisburg in May, and Bundesliga champions Dortmund were unable to find a breakthrough after 90 minutes. Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann saved two spot kicks in the ensuing penalty shoot-out to ensure another piece of silverware for his side.
It was Dortmund, though, who threatened first, captain Sebastian Kehl's diving header hitting a post. Kehl's opposite number, Benedikt Höwedes, also came close to breaking the deadlock, but his 17th-minute header failed to find the target.
Dortmund soon emerged as the more dominant team after that, with Kevin Grosskreutz, Shinji Kagawa and Ilkay Gündogan all spurning good opportunities to put the champions in front. Fährmann came to the fore just before half-time when he impressively denied Robert Lewandowski.
Lewandowski, Kagawa and Mario Götze all failed to find a way past Schalke's new keeper when in promising positions after the break before Ralf Rangnick's side threatened through Lewis Holtby's blocked shot. Though it gave them a boost, Jan Morávek also going close soon after, they too were able to find the net. Penalties followed and Schalke prevailed after Fährmann saved from Grosskreutz and Ivan Perišić.
"This win is very satisfying," said Fährmann, brought in this summer to fill the void left by Manuel Neuer's departure for FC Bayern München. "I'm trying my best to fill the gap that he left." Rangnick added: "It was important that we managed to keep a clean sheet in this game and obviously it was very important for our fans."
Jürgen Klopp, whose Dortmund team will learn their UEFA Champions League group stage fate next month, said: "Obviously we would have liked to win this game, but I prefer to lose while playing well, than to win while playing poorly."
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