On penalties: ManCity wins the UEFA Supercup for the first time

On penalties: ManCity wins the UEFA Supercup for the first time

Manchester City made four changes from their 3-0 opening win at Burnley. Coach Pep Guardiola has had to replace playmaker De Bruyne, who will be out of action for the Sky Blues for three to four months. In addition, Lewis, Bernardo Silva and Alvarez were no longer in the starting line-up. Instead, Gvardiol, Kovacic, Palmer and Grealish started from the beginning.

At the other end, Sevilla coach José Luis Mendilibar made two changes following a disappointing 2-1 defeat by FC Valencia. Jordan and Oliver replaced Fernando and Suso (both bench). Ex-Frankfurter Sow looked at the game from the outside.

Manchester City got off to a shaky start and made two mistakes in their build-up play in the first few minutes, but were lucky the Sevillistas didn’t finish their chances cleanly. The Citizens formed a back four against the ball with ex-Leipziger Gvardiol on the left wing. With the ball, Guardiola’s side formed a back three, with Akanji moving up to the six alongside Rodrigo. After initial difficulties, it was the CL winners who came dangerously in front of goal for the first time.

Aké and Grealish check Bono – En-Nesyri hits out of nowhere

Bono parried Aké’s header well thanks to his good positional play (8′). Less than ten minutes later, Grealish also tested the Moroccan international goalkeeper, but the Englishman’s shot did not pose any major problems for Bono (17′).

City were on the trigger, but not 100% attentive on the defensive. A spectacular low pass from Bono to Oliver overturned Half-Manchester, and the ball found its way to Acuna, whose cross was spot-on for En-Nesyri. The center forward showed coolness and headed Ederson to a surprising lead (25′).

En-Nesyri misses big chance – Palmer redeems City

Man City looked for the direct answer, but didn’t find it at first. At least not before the half-time whistle. And even after the change of sides, the Sky Blues lost the ball unusually often – and ran into a counterattack. But En-Nesyri, who was alone in front of Ederson after submission by Ocampos, missed the great opportunity for the brace (50th).

So the game turned in ManCity’s favor again, but goal chances remained scarce – until the 63rd minute. An English cross finally reached its buyer, who was called Palmer and put the ball into the net against Bono’s direction of travel to equalize. A few moments later, however, FC Sevilla almost showed the ability to take the challenge, but En-Nesyri failed again due to the strong Ederson (64th). In the last 20 minutes or so, the Andalusians concentrated on defending and actually survived the rest of the time, also because Bono made an outstanding save against Aké in the 90th minute.

Gudelj is the only shooter who misses

Without extra time, the penalty shoot-out followed, in which the first nine shooters all scored. Seville’s fifth and final shooter, Gudelj, only hit the top bar to propel Manchester City into the UEFA Super Cup.

The Citizens continue their game against Newcastle United on Saturday (9 p.m.). FC Sevilla visit Deportivo Alaves on Monday evening (7 p.m.).


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