ATHENS, Greece — Manchester Metropolis marked its first look within the UEFA Tremendous Cup by beating Sevilla 5-4 in a penalty shootout on Wednesday so as to add one other piece of silverware to its huge haul below supervisor Pep Guardiola.
After a 1-1 attract regulation time after which 9 profitable spot kicks within the shootout, Nemanja Gudelj struck his try in opposition to the crossbar at hand Metropolis victory inside Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis.
It was a fifteenth trophy received by Metropolis in Guardiola’s reign that began in 2016 and made up for the loss to Arsenal in a penalty shootout within the Group Protect 10 days in the past.
“The supervisor made it so clear to us earlier than the sport how a lot he needs to win this trophy,” Metropolis midfielder Jack Grealish stated concerning the annual match between final season’s winners of the Champions League (Metropolis) and Europa League (Sevilla). “You need to win every part anyway however that gave us extra of an urge. This membership has by no means received it. It’s a superb feeling.”
Youssef En-Nesyri’s towering header gave Sevilla the lead within the twenty fifth minute of a match performed in stifling warmth and humidity in Athens.
Metropolis equalized via a header by winger Cole Palmer within the 63rd because the European champions dominated the second half, with star striker Erling Haaland staying on the sphere for the entire recreation regardless of an enormous Premier League match in opposition to Newcastle developing on Saturday.
Guardiola turned the second supervisor, after Carlo Ancelotti, to win the Tremendous Cup 4 instances and the primary to win it with three totally different groups after doing so at Bayern Munich (2013) and Barcelona (2009, 2011).
Kyle Walker lifted the cup amid ticker tape and chants of “Champions” by his Metropolis teammates on the stage in the course of the sphere. It’s turning into a well-known sight, with the membership having received the Premier League-FA Cup-Champions League treble final season for the primary time.
This season is perhaps more durable for Guardiola and Metropolis, with the match maybe highlighting the group’s want for extra creativity and aim risk following the offseason departures of Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez and an damage to Kevin De Bruyne that would sideline him for as much as 4 months.
Palmer may very well be one reply, with the 21-year-old academy product impressing as Metropolis’s most harmful participant and nodding in from Rodri’s cross so as to add to his aim within the Group Protect. He ought to get extra recreation time this season on the correct wing following Mahrez’s transfer to Saudi Arabia.
“This man is unbelievable and he’s received good gamers to study off and the perfect supervisor on the earth,” Walker stated of Palmer. “He must preserve going, preserve his toes on the ground like he has been and preserve scoring targets. If he retains bettering, he’ll be fantastic.”
Sevilla sometimes troubled Metropolis on the break and off one such foray ahead, En-Nesyri received in between Nathan Ake and Josko Gvardiol — making his first begin for Metropolis — and leaping excessive to energy in a header from Marcos Acuña’s left-wing cross.
Metropolis goalkeeper Ederson Moraes pulled off two saves from En-Nesyri within the second half, both facet of Palmer’s aim, and didn’t must make a save within the shootout.
Haaland, Julian Alvarez, Mateo Kovacic, Grealish and Walker transformed Metropolis’s penalties, whereas Lucas Ocampos, Rafa Mir, Ivan Rakitic and Gonzalo Montiel netted for Sevilla.
Sevilla, which received the Europa League for the seventh time final season, has received simply received of its seven appearances within the Tremendous Cup. That was again in 2006 on its debut.
“It’s actually irritating for us, however I’m happy with my teammates,” Sevilla ahead Erik Lamela stated. “The group did a superb job, we ran loads in opposition to a really, excellent group.”
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