StraightCity players celebrate winning the Super Cup after Gudelj’s mistake in the penalty shootout.Lexy Ilsley – Manchester City (Manchester City FC via Getty Ima)
An error by Gudelj in the last penalty of the shootout and the success of all the City players gave the European Super Cup to the Champions League champion, who suffered a lot to overcome a Sevilla that always competes in Europe. City, a great team, showed their quality in various phases of the final, but they were also surpassed in others by a great Sevilla, who had the final in En-Nesyri’s boots. In the first minutes of the second half, the Moroccan, who scored a great goal, had two clear chances to extend the lead and another to break the tie at one. Ederson was sublime. This time, Bono, with one foot in Arab football, could not be the hero, as in the Europa League final in Budapest. He nearly stopped Walker’s pitch. His tears at the end of the game showed his grief, but also the pride of a team that never gives up and that had an entire City on the ropes. This time he did not win. The Super Cup was cruel for a Sevilla that was very close to the title. He lacked finishing off a great like City, who celebrated the title in a big way. The Sevilla family can be proud of their team.
Ederson Moraes, Aké, Manuel Akanji, Walker, Guardiol, Foden, Rodrigo, Kovacic, Grealish, Erling Braut Haaland and Cole Palmer (Julián Álvarez, min. 85)
Bono, Jesús Navas (Montiel, min. 83), Gudelj, Loic Bade, Marcos Acuña, Rakitic, Lamela (Suso, min. 93), Óliver Torres (Juanlu Sanchez, min. 74), Lucas Ocampos, Joan Jordán and En- Nesyri (Rafa Mir, min. 92)
Goals 0-1 min. 24: En-Nesyri. 1-1 min. 62: Cole Palmer.
Referee François Letexier
Yellow cards Loic Bade (min. 33), Lamela (min. 61) and Juanlu Sanchez (min. 89)
Pep Guardiola had warned him. For something he is considered the best coach in the world. “Sevilla endures and transforms into the finals,” the City coach had commented in the preview. Not only Sevilla resisted, protected, of course, by that superb goalkeeper that is Bono. He also hit. He did it in another of those colossal flights by En-Nesyri, a striker who barely touches the ball, but who shoots from above like the real gods. With the power of their two Moroccans and an enormous defensive sacrifice, Sevilla made another of those transformations that define it as an unclassifiable team, especially when it plays in Europe. Not a trace of the flimsy and flaccid team that debuted in the League against the inexperienced Valencia. A serious, orderly Sevilla, who barely struggled in a formidable first half.
City, the best team in the world, suffered the loss of players like Bernardo Silva. Nor is Akanji Stones when he joins the midfield. Of course, the English champion scared Sevilla in the first quarter of an hour, when three superb interventions by Bono kept Sevilla up. Especially one to Aké in the eighth minute.
Little by little, the City was losing arrival. Lost Akanji, no slots for Foden, Palmer, or Grealish. Haaland, the eternal executor of the Andalusians, was walled up by Badé and Gudelj. The one that prevailed was Sevilla with a great goal from En-Nesyri, his jump to disarm Aké and the 90 million that Gvardiol cost Guardiola was impressive. Along the way, Mendilibar did things to improve his team. For example, change Ocampos and Lamela to the band to surprise the English.
Sevilla was sustained in their work, in defensive faith despite getting too far into their field. In the pride of veterans like Rakitic or Navas, immense against a rival full of stars. In Europe and in the big events, Sevilla is transformed. However, the final stretch of the first half left worrying signs. For the first time in the entire clash, the Andalusians were dismasted by City’s harassment. Against all odds, those signs that were so disturbing for Sevilla did not continue in the second half. The Andalusian team commanded in the final, offering a magnificent dissertation of the game on the counterattack. Without a doubt, it was Sevilla’s moment, with a colossal Ocampos, who had become a nightmare for City due to his speed on the left wing. It was also the moment of En-Nesyri. The Moroccan had those three clear chances against Ederson. In the first he didn’t finish off badly enough after an incredible pass from Ocampos. In the second, he missed another pass from his Argentine teammate by millimeters. In the third, Ederson’s save was monumental. A great striker En-Nesyri, especially when he doesn’t have to think.
Seeing the final lost, it was Rodri who decided to take command of City. After Sevilla’s opportunity passed, the Spanish midfielder organized his team’s game, with great game changes and total control of the situation. City was then City. The equalizing goal was the best example. An impressive pass from Rodri was finished off by the young Palmer. A typical movement of the English champion, who was celebrated on the bench by Guardiola and his second, Juanma Lillo.
Sevilla had to defend with order and pride to reach penalties. For the first time in the history of the Super Cup, UEFA decided to suppress extra time to give the players more rest. Bono, once again, emerged as a wall to stop a shot from Aké at the last minute. The penalties arrived and Sevilla had the endorsement of Bono. On this occasion, the Moroccan could not enlarge his legend.
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