Manchester City’s ambitious quest to conquer both continental and global club trophies remains alive, bolstered by Sevilla’s Nemanja Gudelj’s heartbreaking missed fifth penalty during the shootout, securing a 5-4 victory for Pep Guardiola’s determined squad.

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By adding the UEFA Super Cup to their impressive collection, which includes the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League titles, the triumphant treble winners stand poised to achieve a remarkable feat. Should they seize victory in the upcoming Club World Cup scheduled for December, they will have captured an astonishing five out of a potential six trophies in a single year, with only the Community Shield eluding their grasp due to a penalty shootout defeat against Arsenal.

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Erling Haaland, Julian Álvarez, Mateo Kovacic, Jack Grealish, and Kyle Walker emerged as the penalty shootout heroes, flawlessly converting their attempts. The match witnessed Cole Palmer’s crucial 63rd-minute header leveling the score for City after Sevilla initially took the lead through Youssef En-Nesyri.

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Manchester City displayed their characteristic dominating style early on, with Phil Foden replacing the injured Kevin De Bruyne and orchestrating play from various positions. A series of intricate passes involving Foden and Walker led to an opportunity for Grealish, which forced a save from Bono. Despite their efforts, Sevilla managed to repel the threat.

Grealish’s accuracy improved shortly after, forcing Bono into a save and earning a corner that Sevilla defended against. The Spanish side found themselves trapped in a familiar cycle experienced by many of City’s adversaries—anticipating the intricate movements but struggling to disrupt the mesmerizing spell.

Sevilla disrupted the rhythm of last season’s Champions League winners through assertive high pressing, leading to En-Nesyri squandering multiple chances before converting a counter-attack. A brilliant cross by Marcos Acuna found the Moroccan striker, who outjumped Nathan Ake and Josko Gvardiol to unleash a powerful header past Ederson.

Erik Lamela failed to capitalize on another promising Sevilla opportunity before Manchester City gained control as the first half drew to a close. Erling Haaland and Mateo Kovacic narrowly missed converting crosses from Foden and Grealish, signaling City’s resurgence.

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Sevilla commenced the second half with determination, and En-Nesyri missed a glaring chance following an exceptional counter-attack led by Lucas Ocampos. The Morocco striker squandered yet another golden opportunity before Rodri found Palmer, who executed a clinical header over goalkeeper Yassine Bounou’s reach.

The match’s intensity persisted into added time, as Nathan Ake’s header was thwarted by an exceptional save from Bounou. In the subsequent penalty shootout, Bounou almost prevented Walker’s spot-kick goal, but Gudelj’s miss proved decisive as Manchester City emerged triumphant.

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