LONDON, Sporting Alert – Manchester City beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties to lift the 2019 FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium on Sunday (4).
In a game of two halves, the side finished 1-1 at the end of regulation time, with Manchester City dominating the first half and Liverpool controlling the game after half-time.
It needed penalty kicks to decide the early season showdown and Gabriel Jesus, who stuttered on his run-up before smashing the ball in the top left corner, made sure City claimed the first trophy of the season at Wembley by scoring the winning penalty.
Manchester City went perfect from the spot, while Georginio Wijnaldum was the only kicker missing for Liverpool.
EARLY GOAL FOR CITY
The Citizens went ahead in the 12th minute when Raheem Sterling took advantage of some sleepy defending by Liverpool to finish under goalkeeper Alisson from inside the six-yard box.
Kyle Walker’s deep free-kick was headed back into the area by Kevin De Bruyne and then flick on by David Silva, which allowed Sterling to force the ball home from close range.
Manchester City started the second half on the front foot, pipping Liverpool in every challenge, while Sterling saw his curling attempt hitting the post, although the English forward looked marginally offside.
After that Liverpool came into their own and looked the better team with Jurgen Klopp constantly instructing his players to apply the press on the Citizens.
Salah came close to grabbing an equaliser for Liverpool when he found some space in the box and fired a shot at goal in the 69th minute.
However, Bravo did well to not only stopped the ball from sneaking into the lower corner of the goal but to also prevent any spill off a rebound.
De Bruyne also came close for City at the other end, but his effort in the 73rd minute was easy enough for Alisson to gather.
Liverpool finally collected a well-deserved tying goal in the 77th minute through substitute Joel Matip, who headed past Bravo, following a lofted pass by fellow defender Virgil van Dijk.
Six minutes later Liverpool substitute Naby Keita forced Bravo into making a very good save after he fired powerfully at goal, but at a suitable height for the Chilean international to pad away.
Salah also had an attempt on target in the 87th, which was easily handled by Bravo, but his chance less than a minute later should have been put away, but a well aware keeper raced off his line to close down the forward and make the save.
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Manchester City started the game without a natural striker after leaving both Jesus and Aguero on the bench.
Manager Pep Guardiola opted to start with an attacking midfield trio of Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva and Sterling.
However, an early injury to Sane forced Guardiola into making a change, bring on Jesus and adjusting his tactic.
Regular starting goalkeeper Ederson was also left on the bench with Claudio Bravo starting instead in the goal, while Rodrigo makes his first competitive appearance for the English Premier League champions.
Liverpool, meanwhile, started with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi in attack as Sadio Mane continues to be absence.
Alisson starts in goal, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson all start in defence, while Georginio Wijnaldum, Fabinho and captain Jordan Henderson completed the midfield three.
Man City Team to play Liverpool: Bravo, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne, Sane, Bernardo, Sterling Subs: Ederson, Gundogan, Jesus, Aguero, Angelino, Foden, E Garcia
Liverpool Team to play Man City: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Origi, Salah, Firmino. Subs: Mignolet, Lovren, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Shaqiri, Matip.