Manchester City added the Uefa Super Cup to their treble-winning season by defeating Sevilla on penalties in Athens.
Pep Guardiola’s Champions League winners lost the Community Shield in a shootout to Arsenal, but things turned around when Sevilla’s Nemanja Gudelj missed the crossbar after nine consecutive penalties.
Youssef En-Nesyri’s thunderous header gave the Europa League champions the lead after 25 minutes, but City had to rally to force penalties in a thrilling game.
Before being named man of the match, both Manchester City’s Ederson and Sevilla’s Bono made outstanding saves.
In the 63rd minute, Cole Palmer leaped at the far post and headed Rodri’s cross with a looping motion to tie the score.
It prepared the audience for the dramatic finish that added yet another trophy to Guardiola’s impressive holdings.
Palmer made certain that Manchester City won the competition.
With a magnificent goal against Arsenal in the Community Shield, the gifted Palmer has already made a mark this season.
The 21-year-old’s performance in Athens not only made a case for more first-team play but also earned plaudits from a former teammate.
Palmer’s performance after he was substituted was praised by Riyad Mahrez, who is currently playing for Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia. The young player may be proud of his job in the oppressive conditions.
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Before directing the header that gave City the equalizer, he had previously tested Bono and displayed some wonderful touches in the first half.
On City’s right flank, Palmer’s leisurely left-footed style posed a serious threat, with numerous tempting deliveries going unrewarded.
On a night when City had to contend with intense humidity and heat that were physically draining for both sides, Palmer was justly named the game’s top performer.
Guardiola was allowed to give high-priced summer acquisition Josko Gvardiol his first defensive start, and when it came to penalties, City were faultless.
Prior to Sevilla blinking first, Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez, Mateo Kovacic, Jack Grealish, and Kyle Walker all achieved victory for the English team that also won the Premier League and FA Cup last season.