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Man City 1-1 Sevilla – UEFA Super Cup: Cole Palmer Continues His Fine Form With A Sublime Header To Equalise For Pep Guardiola’s Side In Athens

21:48

87min: With under three minutes of normal time left, are we heading for a penalty shootout?

21:45

83min: Both teams have now turned to their benches.

Captain Jesus Navas has made way for Sevilla and been replaced by Gonzalo Montiel, who won the World Cup with Argentina and scored the winning penalty.

For City, Julian Alvarez is on in place of Cole Palmer.

21:42

79min: City come close!

Erling Haaland smacked a close-range effort at goal, with the strike blocked heroically by a defender.

City then quickly recycled with a low cross flashed across the box, forcing Yassine Bounou to touch away from Phil Foden.

21:39

75min: Still no substitutions from City.

They’re in total control now and applying constant pressure on Sevilla’s box.

Their opponents are struggling to break out all of a sudden. 

21:34

71min: Sevilla have made their first change of the evening.

Oliver Torres has been replaced by Juanlu.

After observing the second drinks break, we’re underway again. 

21:33

69min: Almost from Cole Palmer!

He did it all himself once again, having cut inside onto his left foot and looked to curl one into the far corner.

It was a comfortable height for Yassine Bounou, though, and the goalkeeper parried away.

21:27

65min: BIG SAVE! Pep Guardiola barely reacted to the leveller, and that is why. Sevilla remain a real threat.

Youssef En-Nesyri was slotted in behind the shaky Nathan Ake but quickly found himself up against Ederson, who had raced off his line to narrow the angle.

The goalkeeper then successfully smothered the shot and scooped up the loose ball.

21:24

GOAL! Manchester City 1-1 Sevilla (Palmer, 63)

City are back level! Once again, the goal came from another cross.

Rodri stood the ball up to the back post and youngster Cole Palmer, who also scored in the Community Shield, cushioned a lovely header beyond Yassine Bounou.

A quality leveller in an enthralling, end-to-end affair.

21:24

61min: Kyle Walker with a vital touch!

Sevilla sprung away with another lightning counter-attack after a cheap City turnover and a low, first-time cross was played in toward Youssef En-Nesryi.

Only Walker and his outstretched boot prevented the goal scorer from testing Ederson again.

Shortly after, Erik Lamela was booked for a nasty tackle on Nathan Ake.

21:20

57min: Sevilla are continuing to create the better chances in this half.

Lucas Ocampos has been a real handful and bent a cross into the box, though no-one in red could latch onto it with only Ederson to beat.

How long does Pep Guardiola leave it until he makes changes?

21:14

53min: Another decent opening for Sevilla came and went.

Again, it was Youssef En-Nesyri who picked up the ball and raced directly at City’s box.

In the end, he was forced out wide to a tight angle and pulled his shot off target.

21:11

51min: WHAT A CHANCE! Sevilla really should be leading by two.

City have Ederson to thank for bailing them out after a rapid counter-attack from their opponents down the right, with Kyle Walker beaten by Lucas Ocampos.

The winger then threaded an inch-perfect ball across the box for Youssef En-Nesryi, but his effort was kept out by the goalkeeper down to his right.

That was a crucial, crucial stop.

21:10

49min: Seconds after the restart, Sevilla appealed for a penalty for a possible handball.

An early free-kick was delivered by Ivan Rakitic, and after a deflection that made contact with Josko Gvardiol’s torso, City cleared their lines.

The officials took a brief look but signalled for play to continue.

21:06

Back underway!

46min: Here we go then for the second half!

20:51

HALF TIME – Manchester City 0-1 Sevilla

The whistle sounds for the break! 

City trail at the halfway mark after Youssef En-Nesyri’s superb, crashing header despite Pep Guardiola’s side controlling the ball and creating several chances of their own.

He’s sure to have stern words for his team during the break and they need a quick response.

We’ll be back for the rest of the action shortly.

20:51

45+2min: Almost for City!

Jack Grealish whipped a devilish, low cross toward the back post, with Erling Haaland and Cole Palmer steaming in.

Neither could make contact, however, and the ball flashed behind for a goal kick.

20:47

45min: We’re into three added minutes.

20:47

44min: How was that not a booking for Lucas Ocampos?

He scythed into Jack Grealish down the left-hand side, leaving the winger in a heap on the turf. 

The referee gave him a stern warning, though, and spared him from a yellow card. That was a nasty tackle.

20:46

40min: Sevilla are closing down spaces expertly, leaving City with no room to work.

20:42

38min: City are continuing to apply pressure, but Sevilla are sitting deep in compact lines.

Rodri nodded off target from a corner, via a deflection, moments earlier.

Other than that, however, they’re yet to test Yassine Bounou since conceding the opener.

Slowly but surely, we’re moving closer to the break. 

20:38

34min: Loic Bade has picked up the first booking of the evening.

Erling Haaland was able to power to the defender’s wrong side and was brought down in an attempt to prevent him to moving into the box.

From the resultant free-kick, Phil Foden powered a strike straight into the wall.

20:36

32min: Sevilla look very sharp on the counter-attack.

Jesus Navas released Oliver Torres down the line, allowing the latter to head into the path of Erik Lamela.

The winger looked to pick out the far corner but could only dig comfortably wide. City have to be careful on turnovers.

20:31

28min: How will City respond to falling behind?

Well, they’re again looking after the ball and working the angles.

Sevilla are proving relatively stubborn at the back so far.

20:27

GOAL! Manchester City 0-1 Sevilla (En-Nesyri, 25)

Sevilla have taken the lead! What a header that was!

They worked the ball out to the left, with Marcos Acuna swinging in a brilliant cross.

Youssef En-Nesyri made the run to the near post, shrugged off Nathan Ake and then cannoned a header across the rooted Ederson.

Superb, old-fashioned centre forward play, that.

20:27

23min: The ball is rolling once again!

Mateo Kovacic took a nasty-looking punt to the face before the break but he’s OK to continue.

Pep Guardiola will keep an eye on him, I’m sure.

20:25

21min: We’ve reached the first drinks break of the evening.

It’s stiflingly hot out there.

The pause has allowed both managers to dish out more instructions to their players.

20:21

17min: Jack Grealish has a go!

The forward, who hasn’t been fed all too often in these early stages, picked up the ball on the left and opted to move inside.

He then tried to bend one into the far corner, but Yassine Bounou denied him with a relatively simple parry.

20:17

13min: City are beginning to tick over nicely now.

They’ve been particularly effective out wide so far, with Kyle Walker the latest to float a cross in. Jack Grealish challenged and Yassine Bounou punched out unconvincingly.

The rebound then fell to Josko Gvardiol but the defender could only lash his ambitious effort well over the crossbar. That would have been a debut to remember!

20:12

9min: Great save from Yassine Bounou!

Cole Palmer crossed into the penalty area, where Nathan Ake was waiting. 

The defender rose above his marker and nodded toward goal, forcing the goalkeeper to spring across to his left and palm away.

20:10

6min: It’s been a good, end-to-end start in Athens.

Jesus Navas whipped in an inviting delivery from the right, but Lucas Ocampos couldn’t muster up a clean connection with his attempted overhead kick.

City then broke away moments later, culminating in Cole Palmer cutting inside and firing his low shot straight at Yassine Bounou.

20:07

3min: Sevilla brought up the first effort of the game in the early stages.

It came from Erik Lamela, who dragged his shot comfortably wide of Ederson’s far post.

City’s goalkeeper simply wasn’t troubled by that.

20:02

KICK OFF!

1min: We’re underway in Athens.

19:57

Here we go!

The two teams are out!

They’re accompanied by the trophies they won that led them here.

Now, a different piece of silverware is on the line.

19:50

It’s almost time

This is your ten minute warning!

19:39

The atmosphere is building!

Which way will this one go? Let us know your thoughts and predictions in the comments.

19:34

Warm ups underway

Both teams are being put through their paces out there now.

Kick off is in just under 30 minutes.

There are just under 30,000 inside the ground, with around 5,500 City supporters making the trip. I’m sure they’re enjoying the sunshine.

Soccer Football – UEFA Super Cup – Manchester City v Sevilla – Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens, Greece – August 16, 2023 Sevilla’s Joan Jordan during the warm up REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

19:25

A blast from the past

Remember this man, City fans?

Yes, that’s right – it’s Jesus Navas!

The now 37-year-old is still going strong at Sevilla, where he holds a legendary status. He departed City after Pep Guardiola’s first season with the club.

Navas lines up at right back this evening. Can his old side exploit those aging legs?

19:14

All eyes on the prize

This is what’s at stake this evening! It’s a beauty…

19:11

Time to shine

What an opportunity this is for Cole Palmer tonight.

He scored that outrageous goal in City’s Community Shield defeat and delivered an impressive showing, and will be keen to continue progressing this season.

This is likely to be the biggest game of his club career so far and with several clubs eyeing him up this summer, this is also a chance for him to flourish in the spotlight again.

He has been given the nod ahead of Julian Alvarez, especially with Bernardo Silva out.

19:03

Sevilla team news

Starting XI: Bono, Navas, Bade, Gudelj, Acuna, Rakitic, Jordan, Ocampos, Oliver, Lamela, En Nesyri

Substitutes: Dmitrovic, Gattoni, Pedrosa, Montiel, Suso, Mir, Tecatito, Sow, Gomez, Juanlu, Salas, Bueno

18:57

Reporting for duty!

I’m not sure about that denim combo for City, I have to say…

18:54

Foden, Kovacic in; Laporte benched

To answer our earlier rhetorical question, Aymeric Laporte is among the substitutes for City.

Phil Foden, who is facing a crucial season, and summer signing Mateo Kovacic both start in midfield, with the absence of Kevin De Bruyne perhaps looming large.

Jack Grealish and the tricky Cole Palmer will support Erling Haaland.

At the back, Josko Gvardiol will play alongside Manuel Akanji.

There is a potential game changer on the bench in the form of Julian Alvarez.

18:51

City team news

Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Gvardiol, Ake, Rodri, Kovacic, Foden, Palmer, Grealish, Haaland

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

18:45

City accept bid for Aymeric Laporte

We’ll start with this piece of big news from earlier today.

Mail Sport has reported that City have accepted an undisclosed bid from Al-Nassr for Aymeric Laporte, who is currently in Athens with his team-mates.

The club, part of the Saudi Pro League, have moved quickly to secure his signature and Laporte, who struggled for regular game time last season, is open to joining them.

It remains to be seen whether that forces him out of contention this evening.

18:36

Good evening!

Hello, all. Welcome along to our live coverage of tonight’s UEFA Super Cup.

Manchester City will look to lift the trophy for the very first time in their history, having finally won the Champions League last season after beating Inter Milan.

Their opponents, Sevilla, sealed their spot in Athens by triumphing over Roma in the Europa League final – something of a specialty for the club in recent years.

We’ll bring you live text commentary, including the team news and regular updates, right here, so don’t go anywhere!