Manchester City dominated the opening stages of the game but couldn’t find a way through Sevilla’s well-manned defence, with star man Erling Haaland hardly seeing the ball.
The Spanish side took the early advantage against the run of play, as Moroccan striker Youssef En-Nesyri fired in a pinpoint header from a cross put in by Aston Villa target Marcos Acuna, jumping above Manchester City new-boy Josko Gvardiol to find the bottom corner.
Pep Guardiola’s side continued to have the lion’s share of possession, but couldn’t find a way through the middle of last season’s Europa League winners and, when forced wide, looked short on ideas.
Manchester City were expected to re-assert their dominance as the second half began, but it was Sevilla who went closest in the opening minutes, with En-Nesyri having two excellent opportunities to double the Spanish side’s lead.
However, City’s quality came to the fore thanks to young winger Cole Palmer, who headed home on the hour mark and appeared his side’s biggest threat as the second half wore on.
The treble winners pushed on, and began piling relentless pressure on Sevilla in search of a winner. However, the Andalusian outfit stood firm, thanks to great blocks from players across their entire backline, and leaving the game to be decided on penalties.
Erling Haaland, a spectator for much of the game, slotted Manchester City into the lead in front of the English fans, before Lucas Ocampos levelled the shootout.
7 perfect kicks followed, before centre-back Nemanja Gudelj saw his penalty rebound off the crossbar to hand the Premier League champions Super Cup supremacy.
- GK: Ederson (8) - Didn’t have much to do in the first half but made three big saves in the second with the score at 1-0.
- RB: Kyle Walker (5) - His pace continued to get him out of trouble
- CB: Manuel Akanji (4) - Really struggled in the role John Stones has excelled in, and it appeared to compromise his defensive work too.
- CB: Josko Gvardiol (5) - Was beaten in the air for the opening goal and is clearly still getting used to the Manchester City system.
- LB: Nathan Ake (5) - Looked all at sea at the start of the second half as Sevilla constantly created chances.
- CM: Rodri (7) - Continues to excel at the base of the Manchester City midfield.
- CM: Mateo Kovacic (6) - Tidy but lacked any real offensive spark for the Cityzens and still struggling to fill Ilkay Gundogan’s epic shadow in the Manchester City engine room.
- CM: Phil Foden (5) - Offered the opportunity to play centrally in De Bruyne’s absence but couldn’t really leave a mark on the game.
- RW: Cole Palmer (7) - Was very quiet for much of the piece but came up with an all-important equaliser on the hour mark before bursting into life.
- ST: Erling Haaland (5) - Hardly had a kick of the ball.
- LW: Jack Grealish (6) - Couldn’t have his usual impact and was rarely left 1vs1, meaning that often he elected to pass the ball on rather than drive towards goal.
- Julian Alvarez (N/A) - On for the final 5 minutes
- GK: Bono (8) - Made a couple of excellent saves in the first half to keep his side’s lead. Could do nothing about the equaliser
- RB: Jesus Navas (8) - Was excellent and helped his centre-back no end in the first half. Made one goal-saving clearance in the second.
- CB: Loic Bade (7) - Dealt with Haaland well aside from one brain-fade. Astonishing that he never got a game for Nottingham Forest last season.
- CB: Nemanja Gudelj (8) - Continues to prove solid in his newfound position and hardly put a foot wrong, making several key headers.
- LB: Marcos Acuna (6) - Impressive cross to find the head of En-Nesyri for the opening goal, but struggled in the second half against an energised Cole Palmer and lost him at the back post for the equaliser.
- CM: Joan Jordan (7) - Kept Sevilla’s shape well and snapped into tackles, breaking up the play well.
- CM: Ivan Rakitic (7) - Tidy and hardworking in the Sevilla engine room.
- CM: Oliver Torres (6) - Tidy in the first half but faded in the second as the game became more end-to-end and was taken off with 20 minutes to play.
- RW: Luis Ocampos (8) - Solid in the first half but really burst into life in an attacking sense early in the second. Helped Acuna plenty defensively too.
- ST: Youssef En-Nesyri (7) - All action especially in the second half, and found the back of the net with an excellent header. Missed three great chances to put the game to bed though.
- LW: Erik Lamela (6) - Worked hard but didn’t really have too much of an impact and picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on Gvardiol.
- Juanlu (6) - Came on but had little impact on the game.
- Gonzalo Montiel (6) - Introduced in place of the impressive Navas and didn’t put a foot wrong.
- Rafa Mir (N/A) - Came on in added time.
- Suso (N/A) - Came on in added time.