On Wednesday evening in Athens, Manchester City, the current Champions League holders, triumphed over Sevilla in a penalty shootout to secure their first-ever 2023 UEFA Super Cup victory.

Sevilla clinched their seventh Europa League title last season, taking the lead in the 25th minute with a goal from Youssef En-Nesyri.

Cole Palmer equalized in the 63rd minute, leading to a penalty shootout to determine the winner.

In the shootout, Erling Haaland scored along with teammates Julian Alvarez, Mateo Kovacic, Jack Grealish, and Kyle Walker for Manchester City.

Sevilla successfully converted their first four penalties, but Nemanja Gudelj’s miss at 5-4 allowed Man City to secure the trophy.

En-Nesyri’s header off a cross from Marcos Acuna broke the deadlock.

Missing Kevin De Bruyne, Man City struggled to find their footing in the first half, with Nathan Ake’s attempt denied by Sevilla’s Bono.

In the second half, Palmer’s header off a Rodri cross leveled the score. Man City dominated the game, while Sevilla’s toughest period was in the final 10 minutes.

With Gudelj’s penalty miss, Man City emerged as victors, claiming their first trophy of the campaign.

They’ll seek consecutive wins as they face Newcastle United, while Sevilla aims to rebound in La Liga against Alaves on August 21.

By Chinedu

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