Erik Lamela on losing the Super Cup

It’s really frustrating to lose a game like this. It was really close so we are very sad.

But I’m proud of my team-mates.

Last time we won on penalties [in the Europa League final] but this time it didn’t happen. We put a lot of effort in and ran a lot for 90 minutes against a very good team.

We know Manchester City are one of the best in the world so to compete against them is good. We gave our all.


Manchester City lift the trophy

Kyle Walker of Manchester City lifts the UEFA Super Cup trophy after the team's victory in the UEFA Super Cup 2023 match

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Pep Guardiola and Erling Haaland lift the Super Cup

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Jack Grealish speaking after the game

The manager made it so clear to use before the game how much he wants this club to win this trophy.

Because over the last 10 to 15 years this club has been so successful, and this has been one we have been waiting for. Even personally for myself, this is another one ticked off the list.

It was so hot and humid. They made it hard for us, we knew they were good at crosses into the box, fair play to them.


Man City not holding back in their celebrations

Man City celebrate winning the Super Cup on penalties

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Manchester City's players celebrate winning the Super Cup

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Manchester City players celebrate winning the Super Cup

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Kyle Walker on taking City’s fifth penalty

It was always going to be a tough game at the start of the season. We need to be a bit more clinical in the final third, but we got the job done.

Everyone who has played with me knows I do not like taking penalties because I don’t like letting people down. The manager put me fifth and thankfully it went in and it was the winning one.


Gudelj hits the bar! Man City win the Super Cup 5-4 on penalties

The Sevilla centre-back had an excellent game, but he got under his penalty and it came crashing off the crossbar.

City have another trophy in their collection and their entire squad and staff are on the pitch in jubilant celebration.

 Sevilla's Nemanja Gudelj misses a penalty during the penalty shootout

Sevilla’s Nemanja Gudelj misses the decisive penalty Credit: Reuters/Louiza Vradi


Walker scores! City 4 Sevilla 4

But only just…the first unconvincing penalty. Walker went low to Bono’s right and it squeezed under his wrist.

Gudelj to take Sevilla’s fifth….


Montiel scores! City 4 Sevilla 4

Just like in the World Cup final, Montiel scores his penalty.

Kyle Walker to take City’s fifth…


Grealish scores! City 4 Sevilla 3

The slow run up from Grealish and he waited for the goalkeeper to move, before planting his penalty down the middle.

Montiel stepping up for Sevilla…

Manchester City's English midfielder Jack Grealish scores his penalty

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Rakitic scores! City 3 Sevilla 3

Rakitic follows his Croatia team-mate by powering his penalty beyond Ederson to the goalkeeper’s right.

Grealish to take the next pen…

Sevilla's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic scores his penalty

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Kovacic scores! City 3 Sevilla 2

He goes to the opposite side, reversing his shot to the bottom left corner.

Rakitic stepping up for Sevilla…


Mir scores! City 2 Sevilla 2

Almost a carbon copy of Alvarez’s, another unerring penalty. Goalkeepers have not got near them so far.

Kovacic to take next for City…


Alvarez scores! City 2 Sevilla 1

Emphatic from Alvarez, high and to the right.

Mir, the Sevilla sub, to take the next one…

ulian Alvarez of Manchester City scores a penalty in a shootout of the Super Cup

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Ocampos scores! City 1 Sevilla 1

Just like Haaland, he sends Ederson to wrong way and strokes it to his left. Fine penalty.

Alvarez to take for City…


Haaland scores! City 1 Sevilla 0

Goes to Bono’s left and sends him the wrong way, snapping his left around the ball.

Ocampos to take Sevilla’s first…

Manchester City's Erling Haaland scores the first penalty of the Super Cup penalty shoot-out

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A reminder about the Sevilla goalkeeper

Bono is expected to be on his way to Saudi Arabia after this game. He saved two in last season’s Europa League final. Could this be his grand farewell?

City are shooting towards their fans and will take the first penalty.

Erling Haaland to take the first one…


Full time! We are heading to penalties

Not a bad game at all considering this fixture is not in everyone’s diary. Sevilla were the better side for the first hour, cutting City apart on the break and forcing Ederson into two fine saves, but City bossed it after Cole Palmer’s equaliser. Time for the shootout.


94 minutes: City 1 Sevilla 1

Time is surely up, Sevilla have used their experience in these finals to manage the closing stages.

City do have one last passage of possession in the final third, but Alvarez is halted at the edge of the box.


90 minutes: City 1 Sevilla 1

Ake heads over with possibly the last chance of the game. Decent opportunity, from the free-kick that followed the foul on Gvardiola.

There will be just four minutes of stoppage time.

Kyle Walker backs himself to try a shot from 40 yards, and catches it well as it skims the roof of the net.

Suso and Mir are on for Sevilla, with En-Nesyri coming off. You’d have to think those two take penalties.


88 minutes: City 1 Sevilla 1

Acuna and Ocampos on the left side of the Sevilla defence show all their nous to usher Foden away from danger, excellent defending.

City keep the pressure on though, and Gvardiol picks out his compatriot Kovacic at the edge of the box with a cute pass but his scuffed shot was blocked.

Gudelj then picks up a yellow card for a late challenge on Gvardiol.


85 minutes: City 1 Sevilla 1

Sevilla take the chance to keep some possession high up the pitch, before Ederson comes off his line to punch a cross clear. Guardiola finally makes his first sub: Cole Palmer is replaced by Julian Alvarez. Palmer could not have done much more tonight, a really polished performance and possibly City’s biggest threat.


82 minutes: City 1 Sevilla 1

Sevilla find some reserves of energy from somewhere and launch an attack, but Walker does well to head away another cross aimed at En-Nesyri. Another change from Sevilla: Montiel, who won the World Cup with Argentina, replaces Navas at right-back.


80 minutes: City 1 Sevilla 1

City oh so close to scoring the second, Sevilla clinging on by the skin of their teeth! First, Haaland saw a shot blocked on the stretch after he was teed up by Kovacic (who could have gone for the shot himself). Then a low cross from the right takes a deflection and Bono does really well to push it away with finger tips. Sevilla trying to slow the game down now, their legs must be burning.


78 minutes: City 1 Sevilla 1

Gvardiol tries to slide a pass into the box where Foden tries to wriggle through challenges, but Sevilla have enough bodies there to scramble clear. But Sevilla cannot get out now, and it is all City. Palmer with a lovely cross whipped in from the right, excellent defending from Navas to deny City at the back post.


75 minutes: City 1 Sevilla 1

Pleased to report that if the score remains the game, we will go straight to penalties without extra time. A chance for City to make amends for their Community Shield defeat, perhaps. If either of these sides were going to find a winner, it would be City. Sevilla are pinned back in their half, City probing.


73 minutes: City 1 Sevilla 1

We are back under way after the drinks break. Sevilla are going to make the first substitution of the game shortly, Guardiola has still not gone to his bench. Palmer with another surge down the right but Acuna did well to win the challenge in the box. Juanlu has replaced Jordan for Sevilla.


69 minutes: City 1 Sevilla 1

City have the wind in their sails since the goal, they are starting to feed passes into Haaland’s feet at the edge of the box.

That was almost a moment of genius from Cole Palmer! He sent Ocampos for a hot dog with a glorious dummy at the edge of the box, before Bono pushed his shot around the post. Brilliant from the City winger who is seizing his opportunity.

Time for another drinks break.


65 minutes: City 1 Sevilla 1

Moments after Palmer scores, En-Nesyri found himself clean through on the City goal but Ederson did well to make a smothering save at the striker’s feet. City have been all at sea defensively in this half, but they are level. En-Nesyri has been a right handful all night.

Manchester City's Brazilian goalkeeper #31 Ederson makes a save in front of Sevilla's Moroccan forward

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GOOOAAALL! City level through Cole Palmer

That is against the run of play since half time, but City will not care. Rodri found himself with time and space to clip a cross towards the back post, possibly looking for Haaland. Palmer rightly gave the striker the shout though, and ghosted in, before looping his header over Bono back where it came from. Really well controlled finish.

Manchester City's Cole Palmer, right, scores his side's opening goal

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61 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 1

Sevilla snapping at City’s ankles but they manage to work the ball out to Grealish on the left. Once again, Sevilla sprint out to the touchline and cut off the angles.

Then Gvardiol tries to force a pass through, a sign of impatience, and Sevilla are almost through on the break again. But for a touch on the ball across from Walker, En-Nesyri would have had a tap in.

Then the Sevilla produces a brilliant flick on halfway before spinning to chase the through ball. Superb centre-forward play. A few directors of football will be watching him tonight I suspect.


55 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 1

Akanji loses an aerial battle on halfway, then City cannot gain control of the second ball. That rather sums up City since half time, they have been well off it. Surely not long before changes arrive.


52 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 1

Man City looking rather ragged, and Sevilla look like they are the team coping with the conditions. Ocampos and En-Nesyri leading the fight, going forward quickly whenever they win the ball. Rodri has a bad 30 seconds, losing the ball sloppily in midfield and then conceding a foul. Guardiola has his hands on his head and is cursing into the night sky.


49 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 1

City beginning to find a rhythm around the Sevilla box, but Bade clears the cross and the Europa League winners stand firm.

Then Sevilla launch an incisive counter-attack down the left through Ocampos who skipped past Walker, and not many do that, and found themselves with a three on two. Ocampos picked out the ideal pass across the defence for En-Nesyri to hit first time but his shot was straight at Ederson. Should be 2-0 Sevilla.

Manchester City's Brazilian goalkeeper makes a save against Sevilla

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47 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 1

Rakitic’s delivery from that free-kick was a good one, and there were Sevilla appeals for a handball in the box but nothing doing. There was no distance between the City player the ball struck and the initial header.

Kovacic makes a good run in the right channel behind the Sevilla defence but Jordan reads his cut-back and clears.


We’re off in the second half!

Sevilla have an early free kick, which they will deliver from near the left touchline.


No changes from either manager

Surely they will not be long coming given the humidity in Athens.


The Sevilla end celebrates the opening goal

Fans of Sevilla celebrate after Yousseff En-Nesyri of Sevilla scores

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HT: City 0 Sevilla 1

Textbook Sevilla in Europe: canny, diligent in defence and they have taken their chance. You will not see many better centre-forward headers all season than En-Nesyri’s. Sevilla have shown City wide, and dealt with just about everything that has come into the box, by hook or by crook. Foden unable to have much of an influence so far.


45 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 1

City’s best move of the match produced as the board goes up to signal three minutes of stoppage time.

It was the first time City found themselves the Sevilla defence, and Grealish teased a ball right the way across the area. Then his inswinging cross from the right landed just too far in front of Palmer in the six-yard box. Much more threatening from City.


43 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 1

There was a moment there when you could have thrown a blanket almost the entire Sevilla team, protecting the edge of their box and showing City wide. Ocampos then hacks down Grealish with a wild challenge near the touchline. Akanji has a swing at a volley from the wide free-kick but his shot was blocked.


41 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 1

Sevilla gave a sloppy free-kick away for a foul on Rodri, but Bono did well to punch the delivery clear before giving his defenders an earful. Then Kovacic wins a foul in midfield. City getting a grip of the game without creating a great deal.


38 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 1

City put some pressure on with a couple of corners in quick succession, but Rodri’s header loops on to the bar. Sevilla are looking well organised in their narrow 4-4-2 when they defend.

Grealish momentarily finds himself inside Navas for the first time tonight, but his touch let him down and the Sevilla right-back got back at him.


33 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 1

A decision for the referee to make here after Bade gets too tight to Haaland and allows the City striker to roll him. Just the yellow card show after the Sevilla defender dragged Haaland to the ground. Foden tries his luck from fully 35 yards, and the shot struck Gudelj flush in the face. He is down and receiving some attention from the physios.

Sevilla's Loic Bade is shown a yellow card

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30 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 1

City now have a challenge to chase after the game in this heat. Lamela delivers another cross into the box but this time Ake clears. Sevilla have a long time to hold out, but do have their history in these finals to inspire them.

That was a lovely move from the Spanish side, Torres with a dart in behind down the right, a reverse pass into the path of Lamela but he skewed a shot wide.


GOOOAAALLL! Sevilla take the lead shortly after the drinks break

If you miss the days when Les Ferdinand or Duncan Ferguson rag-dolled defenders and powered headers goalwards, you will love this.

The Sevilla move started with a fortuitous daisy-cutter from the goalkeeper Bono into Torres before they spread the play left.

The left-back Acuna whips in the cross, and En-Nesyri climbed highest between Ake and Gvardiol to thump his header in off the post.

Sevilla's Youssef En-Nesyri scores his side's opening goal

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22 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 0

Guardiola alluded to this before the game, but in all their cup successes Sevilla have found a way to stay in games they are not necassarily dominating. Kovacic is back on his feet after taking a kick, and the players go to the touchline for the first drinks break of the night.


20 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 0

Akanji defends well on halfway as Sevilla tried to counter-attack. Rakitic then does well to screen a pass into Haaland, the 35-year-old in the Sevilla midfield still going strong. City the better side, but no glaring chances for either team so far,


17 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 0

Patient play for City, before the fizz the ball out to Grealish wide left. He drives inside Navas and looks to curl a shot into the far corner with his right, but Bono pushes it around the post. Sevilla defend the City corner.

Erling Haaland competes for the ball early in the Super Cup

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14 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 0

Cole Palmer has made a really crisp start to the match, looks right at home in this City team. He is holding his width on the right flank, looking to stretch Sevilla. Both teams quite happy to drop off into shape so far, neither pressing too high.

Cole Palmer of Manchester City controls the ball during the UEFA Super Cup

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11 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 0

City seeing most of the ball in the early minutes as anticipated. The pace of the game is pretty sedate as players look to manage their way through the game in the heat. Bono with a theatrical punch out of the area, and Gvardiol tries a Danny Rose vs Arsenal at White Hart Lane, but cuts across the volley and it flies over.


7 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 0

Jesus Navas makes his first foray forward and delivers a threatening cross, but Ocampos distracted En-Nesyri with an attempted overhead kick when the striker may have been better placed to go for the header.

Then Palmer cuts inside and finds space for City, and tests Bono with a shot from 25 yards or so. Well struck, but not quite enough power behind it.

That was a better save from Bono though! From the second phase of a corner, Palmer curls a cross into the box where Ake is steaming in to meet it. Heads it down into the turf, but Bono reacted well.

Lucas Ocampos goes for goal for Sevilla

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4 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 0

City may have run out 3-0 winners at Burnley on Friday night, but they did make some errors in their build-up play against Vincent Kompany’s man-to-man marking. Burnley lacked the punch up top to punish them.

City try to work a nice throw-in routine, lobbed up for Foden to flick a volley around the corner to Haaland in the box but Sevilla defend well.


2 minutes: City 0 Sevilla 0

Erik Lamela has had the first shot of the night for Sevilla, but he dragged his effort well wide of the post from 25 yards out.

Cole Palmer gets a couple of early touches after a City switch of play to the right. Akanji then dallies on the edge of his defensive third under pressure from a red Sevilla shirt, and his pass back to Ederson only just makes the journey.

City look to be in a 3-2-5 when they have the ball, with Walker, Ake and Gvardiol the back three.



Manchester City get us started. Already, it looks like Akanji is popping into midfield next to Rodri when City build play.


The players are on their way out in Athens…

Walker leads out City carrying the Champions League trophy, which is not a bad way to start a game.

Everyone in Athens is emphasising the stifling temperatures. City have a difficult Premier League game against Newcastle on Saturday, so Guardiola might make use of his subs tonight. Although he can be reluctant to do that…


Manchester City’s captain tonight

Kyle Walker wears the armband. Looks like he is going nowhere this summer.

Kyle Walker in the warm-up in Athens

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Guardiola speaks before the game

Europe is Europe, and we have waited a number of years to have the chance to play this final. Sometimes, it is once in a lifetime.

Sevilla have a special character for the finals and all the players are huge competitors. I know how tough it will be.

Gvardiol, step by step, still needs to learn many things that we do. We didn’t have much time to train, but all the mistakes he makes we are going to work through them.


A big night for Phil Foden

Manchester City fans have been calling for Guardiola to trust him in the right ‘eight’ position, and he gets his chance tonight in the absence of De Bruyne. Play well, and it could be his for the next three or four months.

Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Mateo Kovacic of Manchester City

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Man City scaling the summit…

According to Rio Ferdinand on TNT, Man City “climbed Mount Rushmore” last season. I’m not sure it’s really there for climbing, Rio…

In fact, a quick internet search tells me it is prohibited and a few Americans have even been arrested for attempting it.


These two teams played twice in the Champions League group stage last season

The results do not bode well for Sevilla, with City winning the two meetings by an aggregate score of 7-1. If it is any consolation, Sevilla were not the only team to get a good hiding off Guardiola’s team.

Erling Haaland of Manchester City scores their side's first goal

Erling Haaland scoring against Sevilla last season Credit: Getty Images/David Ramos


Players on the move to Saudi…

Aymeric Laporte is on the bench for City, but Sevilla goalkeeper Bono starts tonight’s game despite being Saudi-bound. Sevilla are in a pretty dire financial position and have needed to sell players this summer.


The trophy they are playing for tonight

Definitely one that could trip you up in the picture round of a sport pub quiz.

The UEFA Super Cup trophy in Athens

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The latest from Jason Burt on the Athens heat

It is just gone 9pm here in Athens - or rather Piraeus - in Olympiacos’ home stadium and it is still hot (28C) but feels hotter as it is sticky, sweaty and humid. Will be energy-sapping for the players out there. Interesting Man City team news with a first start for Josko Gvardiol after his £77million move and with Aymeric Laporte on the bench. Do not expect him to come on as he finalises a move to Saud Arabian Pro-League club Al-Nassr. Kyle Walker is captain and with Kevin de Bruyne out injured for up to four months expect him to keep wearing the armband.


Man City’s debutant Josko Gvardiol

Josko Gvardiol arrives for the Super Cup

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Sevilla team and subs: Jesus Navas looks to be playing right-back against his former club


The City team news analysed

Josko Gvardiol makes his first City start in his preferred left centre-back role. Ruben Dias is fit enough to make the squad, surprisingly.

The interesting calls by Guardiola are on the right side of his attack, where Foden gets his chance to impress in the De Bruyne slot and Cole Palmer starts on the right. No Bernardo Silva in the squad.

Palmer scored a cracker in the Community Shield, and like Bernardo and Riyad Mahrez before him will look to cut inside onto his left foot.


Man City team and subs: Gvardiol makes full debut

Starting XI : Ederson, Walker (C), Akanji, Gvardiol, Ake, Rodrigo, Kovacic, Foden, Palmer, Grealish, Haaland

Subs : Ortega Moreno, Carson, Dias, Phillips, Stones, Laporte, Alvarez, Gomez, Perrone, Bobb, Lewis, McAtee


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Can Man City add another trophy to their collection?

Are Manchester City fans excited by the Uefa Super Cup? The supporters who have travelled to Athens to watch their team face Sevilla this evening could be forgiven for feeling a touch weary, but there is no question manager Pep Guardiola is giving the occasion his full attention.

This is of course City’s first appearance in the fixture, earned by beating Inter Milan in the Champions League final in June. Given you only qualify for the Super Cup by winning Europe’s premier club competition (or the Europa League), perhaps we should be less sniffy. It is also a rare case of a trophy City are yet to win, and as Jason Burt wrote for Telegraph Sport, Guardiola came to City to make history and break new ground for the club. After watching Arsenal lift the Community Shield, they will not want to miss the chance to have their name engraved on more silverware, however minor.

The City team that starts tonight will not be as strong as the one that finished last season, though. Ilkay Gundogan has gone to Barcelona and Kevin De Bruyne is expected to miss three to four months following the recurrence of a hamstring problem. Mateo Kovacic is a fine ball progressor between the penalty areas, but cannot match Gundogan’s goal threat. De Bruyne’s absence could present an opportunity for Phil Foden to start in an attacking midfield position, but Guardiola seems to prefer him wide and City have been linked with Lucas Paqueta.

John Stones and Ruben Dias were a magnificent if unconventional partnership in the heart of City’s defence, but Stones is coming back from an injury and Dias has not travelled. That blow is softened by the signing of £77 million left-sided centre-half Josko Gvardiol, who was so impressive for Croatia at the Qatar World Cup. Gvardiol is expected to make his full City debut tonight.

Sevilla are Europa League specialists, and knocked out Manchester United on their way to winning the competition for the seventh time last season. They have lost their last five appearances in the Super Cup, perhaps not a surprising record given they are up against the Champions League holders. Eintracht Frankfurt’s Djibril Sow has been Sevilla’s headline signing of the summer and they have so far kept hold of striker Youssef En-Nesyri. Sevilla are managed by José Luis Mendilibar, another Basque coach at the top of the European game.

Full team news on the way shortly.