Manchester City Defeats Sevilla To Clinch First UEFA Super Cup

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After a thrilling game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, Manchester City maintained their composure to defeat Sevilla 5-4 on penalties and win the UEFA Super Cup for the first time in their history.

The shootout’s first nine attempts were all successful on Wednesday, but Man City won after Sevilla’s Nemanja Gudelj missed his spot-kick against the crossbar. Man City had previously lost the Community Shield in England on penalties to Arsenal.

It was the 15th trophy won by Manchester City since manager Pep Guardiola took over in 2016, and it made up for the team’s most recent Community Shield defeat to Arsenal.

“The manager made it so clear to us before the game how much he wants to win this trophy,” City midfielder Jack Grealish said.

“You want to win everything anyway, but that gave us more of an urge. This club has never won it. It’s a brilliant feeling,” he said.

Kyle Walker of City raised the trophy while his colleagues on the stage in the middle of the field chanted “Champions” and held up ticker tape.

“It’s really frustrating for us, but I’m proud of my teammates,” Sevilla forward Erik Lamela said after the match. “The team did a good job, we ran a lot against a very, very good team.”

Youssef En-Nesyri’s thunderous header gave Europa League champion Sevilla the lead in the 25th minute, but Cole Palmer’s header for Man City in the 63rd minute equalized the score.

The Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens, Greece, hosted a thrilling contest as an obstinate Sevilla caused many issues for a City defense that was frequently exposed. The game was played there in the sweltering heat and humidity.

Sevilla’s strong high pressing and En-Nesyri’s missed opportunities caused discomfort for the Champions League champions from the previous season until he scored on a counterattack.

Moroccan attacker Mohamed Elyounoussi rose above Nathan Ake and Josko Gvardiol to meet a wonderful cross from the left and smash a thunderous header past goalkeeper Ederson.

Before Manchester City began to control the game, Erik Lamela wasted another excellent opportunity for Sevilla. Manchester City finished the first half well as Mateo Kovacic and Erling Haaland narrowly missed converting crosses from Phil Foden and Jack Grealish.

However, Sevilla made a good start to the second half, and En-Nesyri squandered a clear-cut opportunity after a stunning counterattack launched by Lucas Ocampos. Before Rodri spotted Palmer skulking behind the defense and Palmer produced a brilliant header that arced over goalkeeper Yassine Bounou and into the net, the Moroccan striker squandered another excellent opportunity.

In extra time, Nathan Ake had a chance to give City the victory, but Bounou expertly blocked his stooping header from five yards out. Bounou also nearly stopped Kyle Walker’s penalty kick in the shootout before Gudelj hit the crossbar.

“It was always going to be a tough game. The lads put in a good performance. We have to be more clinical but we got the job done,” Manchester City captain Walker told TNT Sports.

“If anyone played with me they know I don’t like taking penalties because I don’t like letting people down if I miss. Pep put me in at five. [I wanted to] show leadership. Luckily, it went in and was the winning one,” he said.

If Manchester City were to win the Club World Cup in December, it would bring to five the number of honors Guardiola has received since moving to England, in addition to the club’s first Champions League, four League Cups, two FA Cups, and the club’s first five Premier League championships.

“We are really pleased for the club to win this,” Guardiola said on Wednesday. “We miss just one to finish the full circle and have all the titles we can have.”