Manchester City win UEFA Super Cup after beating Sevilla on penalties


Cole Palmer canceled out Youssef En-Nesyri’s opener to take the showpiece to a Penalty shoot-out.

Manchester City claimed their first silverware of the campaign as Pep Guardiola’s side survived a sloppy start to triumph on penalties against Sevilla to lift the UEFA Super Cup.

After losing the Community Shield to Arsenal on penalties 10 days ago, last season’s winners crashed out in the Greek heat against the Europa League holders.

Youssef En-Nesyri put Sevilla ahead and City capitalized on their luck only to equalize through Cole Palmer’s looping header as their first Super Cup appearance ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and went into a shoot-out.

He converted all of the first nine penalties before Nemanja Gudelj smashed his effort against the crossbar as Guardiola’s Champions League winners triumphed 5-4 on penalties in Piraeus.

The Spaniard became the first manager to win the Super Cup with three different teams and equaled Carlo Ancelotti’s record of four victories in the competition as a coach.

City are the sixth English team to lift the trophy, but Jose Luis Mendilibar’s Sevilla sweated through En-Nesyri’s powerful first-half header.

The LaLiga outfit could have easily grabbed a second with a strong start to the second period, only for man of the match Palmer to equalize with a header.

Sevilla survived a late onslaught from City but could not avoid a sixth successive Super Cup defeat as the game went to penalties past midnight at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.

Recent signing Josko Guardiol made his debut in Greece, missing Kevin De Bruyne with a hamstring problem that means he could face surgery and up to four months out.

Kyle Walker wore the captain’s armband instead and City fans chanted their injured star’s name in the opening minutes, with Yassine Bounou picking up Nathan Ake’s awkward early header.

The Sevilla keeper produced another fine save as Jack Grealish turned away from attention and attempted to strike from the edge of the box.

Guardiol pounced on Bouna’s strike and received detailed instructions from Guardiola during a cooling-off break midway through the opening period.

The City boss will likely have more to say to the Croatia international after Sevilla’s opening 25 minutes.

Bounou got into the center circle and play continued down the left where Marcos Acuna beat a cross for En-Nesyri to slot between Ake and Guardiola with a header off the post.

Erik Lamela struck wide as Sevilla looked for a quick-fire second as City found the Spanish side hard to break down. Rodri headed over and Grealish saw a stoppage-time cross fail to find the target.

A penalty appeal against Guardiola was ignored as play resumed and Sevilla missed a great chance to make it 2-0 in the 50th minute.

Lucas Ocampos leapfrogged a challenge from Walker and raced down the left, continuing to send an accurate ball past En-Nesyri to hit straight at Ederson.

The frustrated striker whistled shortly after and Joan Jordan saw a free-kick saved with her knee as City struggled.

Ocampos hit a cross shot wide and Walker’s light touch kept En-Nesyri from escaping another close-range effort.

City lacked solid defense and attacking cohesion, but Palmer made sure of a handball in the 63rd minute.

Rodri volleyed in a cross that went past Erling Haaland but found the 21-year-old who stretched to beat Bounou with a header as he added to his Community Shield goal.

En-Nesyri immediately saw an attempt to put Sevilla back in front stalled, but the momentum swung City’s way, with Palmer pushed over before the drinks break.

Sevilla lost their composure on the ball but retained the loud and hard work they have long been associated with.

Walker saw a cross deflected across the face of goal and Grealish struggled to beat Bounou as City looked to punish a depleted Sevilla.

Bounou tipped another Ake header into the ground and Walker swung over from distance, but there was no late winner as the game went to penalties.

Gudelj’s thunderous 12-yard effort bounced off the bar and sparked the city’s celebrations.

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