Manchester City – with Nathan Ake in the starting line-up – had a difficult time with Sevilla in the opening phase. The Spaniards were dangerous through Ocampos and Al-Nusairi, but the early opening goal was not achieved. Shortly after that, Ake was close to scoring, and the Dutchman had a free header opportunity, but he was unable to beat Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.
Just before the half-hour mark, it was Sevilla who took the lead. Left-back Marcos Acuña sent a brilliant cross into En-Nesyri’s head. The striker beat Aké and million-dollar signing Joško Gvardiol in the air and headed 0-1 behind Ederson.
Talent takes a leadership role
Manchester City was unable to provide the required match before the end of the first half, and shortly after the end of the first half, Sevilla seemed to take a greater lead. En-Nesyri received a perfect serve from the excellent Ocampos, but failed to score his second goal of the evening.
Fifteen minutes later, City finally scored the equaliser. Midfielder Rodri placed the ball perfectly into the far corner, and 21-year-old Cole Palmer – given a chance by Pep Guardiola in the starting line-up – put his side right past Sevilla.
Due to the busy schedule of European teams, it was previously decided to immediately go to penalty kicks in the event of a draw. Ninety minutes later the score was still 1-1 on the scoreboard and so the decision had to be taken by penalty kick.
The first nine penalties from Erling Haaland, Ocampos and Jack Grealish, among others, went into the net flawlessly, but at 5-4 Nemanja Gudeli succumbed to the pressure. The former NAC Breda, AZ and Ajax midfielder hit the crossbar powerfully and so the European Super Cup went to Manchester.
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