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City lift Community Shield for successive seasons with shoot-out victory

City lift Community Shield for successive seasons with shoot-out victory

04/08/2019 at 16:12Updated 04/08/2019 at 18:35

Community Shield, Wembley – Liverpool 1 (Matip 77’) Manchester City 1 (Sterling 12’) Manchester City win 5-4 on penalties.

Manchester City won the first trophy of the 2019-20 season, beating Liverpool 5-4 on penalties after a thrilling draw in normal time at Wembley. This success means that City have now won seven of the last eight domestic trophies contested in England.

They dominated the early exchanges to take a deserved lead, before Liverpool fought back in the second half to force the match to a penalty shootout.

FA Community Shield - Manchester City v Liverpool - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - August 4, 2019 Manchester City's Claudio Bravo celebrates making a save during the shootout

FA Community Shield - Manchester City v Liverpool - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - August 4, 2019 Manchester City's Claudio Bravo celebrates making a save during the shootoutGetty Images

The game had a competitive edge that the FA Community Shield has lacked in recent seasons. The intensity of last season’s title race between these two was evident at points here, without ever boiling over into rancour.

City’s short pre-season might give Guardiola some concerns given the way City were dominated in the second half. For Liverpool, Klopp should take encouragement from a game that they should really have won in normal time. Both sides like destined to go toe-to-toe again for the Premier League title this season.

TALKING POINT

The best of enemies?

If Liverpool and Manchester City is becoming one of the great modern football rivalries, it looks destined to be one defined by minute details. Last season, only one point and arguably the 11mm that denied Liverpool a goal at the Etihad in January decided the Premier League title. Today Manchester City required penalties to emerge victorious and survived a scare in the second half when a van Dijk shot hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down onto the line and away. What wafer thin margins might settle games between the two in the coming season?

Manchester City's English defender Kyle Walker clears off the line during the English FA Community Shield football match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 4, 2019

Manchester City's English defender Kyle Walker clears off the line during the English FA Community Shield football match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 4, 2019Getty Images

MAN OF THE MATCH

Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City)

For all the attacking talent on show today Manchester City’s centre-back had a quietly excellent game, particularly in the second half when Liverpool’s astute use of substitutions piled pressure on the City goal. Vincent Kompany might have left the Etihad but Otamendi looks to have the assurance and leadership qualities needed to compensate for his absence.

PLAYER RATINGS

Liverpool (4-3-3) – Alisson 7; Alexander-Arnold 6, Gomez 6, van Dijk 7, Robertson 6; Henderson 6, Fabinho 6, Wijnaldum 5; Salah 7, Origi 6, Firminho 7.

SUBS: Keita 6, Oxlade-Chamberlain 6, Lallana 6, Shaqiri 6, Matip 7

Manchester City (4-3-3) – Bravo 7; Walker 7, Stones 6, Otamendi 8, Zinchenko 6; De Bruyne 7, Rodrigo 6, David Silva 6; Bernardo Silva 6, Sterling 7, Sane 6.

SUBS: Gundogan 6, Foden 6, Gabriel Jesus 6

KEY MOMENTS

12’ GOAL! Liverpool 0 Manchester City 1 (Sterling 12) From the free-kick City hang the ball up to the Liverpool back post and beat the offside trap. Zinchenko heads it across, Silva flicks it across the six-yard box with his heel and Sterling is there to volley his shot through Allison and into the net!

58’ LIVERPOOL HIT THE WOODWORK AGAIN! Great work from Salah, who pirouettes out of a mesh of City players on the right of the area and slightly scuffs his drive onto the post, from where it rockets away from danger.

61’ WHAT A CHANCE FOR CITY! Sterling gets clean through again from a ball by Walker and is onside. He almost has too much time to think - he can't decide whether to return the ball to Walker or shoot, and the moment of indecision costs him as he stumbles into Allison and the ball is ushered away to safety. Liverpool aren't happy here, as Walker clattered Origi to win the ball initially.

77’ GOAL! Liverpool 1 (Matip 77) Manchester City 1 Liverpool are level! Henderson whips across a free-kick from the right, which deflects away to van Dijk at the back post. He calmly chests it under control, lobs it back into the six-yard box and Matip gets up to head the ball in! '

Joel Matip of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the FA Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on August 04, 2019 in London, England.

Joel Matip of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the FA Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on August 04, 2019 in London, England.Getty Images

90+2’ OH WHAT A CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL TO WIN IT! A mistake from Otamendi lets Salah in. His first effort is saved by Bravo; he heads the rebound goalwards, and a spectacular acrobatic clearance from Walker underneath his own bar diverts the ball out for a corner. How on earth did Walker get to that!

PENALTIES: SCORED! Manchester City 5 Liverpool 4 Gabriel Jesus dispatches his penalty high and to Alisson's right, and Manchester City have won the FA Community Shield! City's players celebrate accordingly.

KEY STATS

  • Pep Guardiola the became the first ever Premier League manager in England to receive a yellow card.
  • Liverpool dominated Manchester City in possession in the second half, with 65% of the ball.
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