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UEFA Super Cup: Manchester City beat Sevilla via penalties

Manchester City beat Sevilla to win UEFA Super Cup

Manchester City beat Sevilla 5-4 via penalties to win their first UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday at Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, Greece. 

The match had ended 1-1 in full-time.

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The Cityzens enjoyed most of the ball, limiting Sevilla to few touches and clearances. Nathan Ake went close to opening the scoring for City, but goalkeeper Bono saved his header in the seventh minute.

Cole Palmer also watched as his tame shot floated straight into Bono’s open arms, while Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri could not properly connect to a header in the City area.

Erik Lamela also sent his effort wide as Sevilla endured pressure from Manchester City.

Youssef En-Nesyri celebrates after scoring for Sevilla
Youssef En-Nesyri celebrates after scoring for Sevilla

The moment of truth would arrive in the 25th minute when En-Nesyri rose between Josko Gvardiol and Ake to meet Marcos Acuna’s cross and leave Ederson Moraes rooted to one spot for Sevilla’s opener.

Although Manchester City mounted attack after attack on Sevilla’s defence, the LaLiga side were resolute in defending to keep the marauding Premier League champions at bay.

The second half was not any different, as it was all Manchester City from the beginning. Jack Grealish came close to levelling for City but his shot was easily gathered by Bono.

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Sevilla would then break away after Manuel Akanji, who was playing an advanced role, lost the ball in midfield. However, En-Nesyri could not beat Ederson, who stood his ground to make a vital save for Pep Guardiola’s charges.

Manchester City found the leveller through Palmer, who latched onto Rodri’s cross in the 63rd minute. Although the cross was meant for Erling Haaland, who was kept quiet for most parts of the match by the Sevilla defence, Palmer was on hand to head past Bono.

Cole Palmer scores for Manchester City
Palmer levelled for City

City continued to attack, but Sevilla held on to the end of the game at 1-1.

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Manchester City scored all their penalty kicks while Nemanja Gudelj sent his kick crashing against the bar to hand Guardiola’s side their first-ever Super Cup trophy.

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