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How Manchester City narrowly edged Seville to capture their first UEFA Super Cup



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Manchester City narrowly edged Seville to win their first UEFA Super Cup.  Pep Guardiola’s side had played out  a 1-1 with Seville in Greece on Wednesday night. The Etihad side were however able to edge out the La Liga side on penalties.

Sevilla had taken a first half lead with an impressive header from Youssef En-Nesyri.

City only drew level in the 63rd minute through Cole Palmer. The eye-catching 21-year-old was at hand to repeat his the Community Shield feat.

The both teams were certainly out on a sweltering night at the Karaiskakis Stadium to win.

City who were the clear favourites at the start had emerged brighter of the two sides. Grealish and Palmer had forced early saves from Sevilla goalkeeper Bono.

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It was however, the Spaniards who took a 25 minutes lead as En-Nesyri powerfully headed home a brilliant cross from Marcos Acuna.

The left-back swung in a great delivery and the Morocco international produced a mighty leap and well placed header into the corner past Ederson.

Things could and should have got worse for the Premier League champions shortly after the half-time break when En-Nesyri was again in the right place as Lucas Ocampos put the ball on a plate for him in the penalty box.

It was a swift counter-attack down the left and Ocampos slid in a low cross to the forward who could only aim his striker straight at the goalkeeper.

The Sevilla striker was regretting that miss just after the hour mark when Palmer equalised for City, again showing the great promise he possesses.

Rodri put an in-swinging cross into the box from the left, which looked to be finding Erling Haaland but the youngster called for the Norwegian to leave it and Palmer expertly placed a looping header back over the keeper to find the net.

En-Nesyri had another superb chance immediately after as Ocampos played him in again, but again the Moroccan could only fire straight at Ederson.

Both teams had chances to win it before the final whistle, but Manchester City had the better of them, with Nathan Ake spurning the very best as he saw a low header saved late on.

With the teams unable to separate themselves within 90 minutes the game went straight to penalties and Gudelj saw his effort come back off the bar, the only man to miss after Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez, Mateo Kovacic, Jack Grealish and Kyle Walker all scored for City.

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