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Manchester City Start New Season Where They Left Off In May

Blues Claim Community Shield Win On Penalties

Liverpool v Man City - FA Community Shield Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images

Manchester City have begun the new season where left off in May by claiming the first trophy of the season as they beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties. Claudio Bravo was the City hero as he saved Liverpool’s second spot kick, while the blues converted all theirs to claim the Community Shield for the second successive season.

The blues were missing Ederson, Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero from the starting line up after they all featured in the Copa America during the close season. City also gave a debut to new signing Rodri, while Phil Foden started on the bench. Gabriel Jesus was also on the bench, meaning the blues had no recognised, out and out striker in a starting role, meaning Raheem Sterling played up front.

The former reds winger had not scored against his former club since moving to the blues, but that changed in the 12th minute when he converted David Silva’s flick form close range. City were on top in the first half and Sterling could have added a second, but shot straight at Allison in the Liverpool goal.

And Sterling was denied by the post in the second half, before Liverpool got back into the game. Virgil Van Dijk and Mohammed Salah both hit the post before Joel Matip headed home can Dijk’s cross to send the match to penalties, but not before Kyle Walker saved the blues with a spectacular clearance. The former Spurs defender got back brilliantly to stop Salah’s header from crossing the line with an incredible bicycle kick off the line.

So penalties it was and Liverpool went first and Xherdan Shaquiri scored, followed by Ilkay Gundogan converting for City. Claudio Bravo then saved from Georginio Wijnaldum, before Bernardo Silva gave City the lead. Liverpool then converted their last three penalties from Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mohamed Salah, but Phil Foden, Oleksander Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus all converted as well to win the shield for a second successive season.

City at Wembley

The blues were making their 16th visit to Wembley in 9 years, but have only lost three of those matches. The blues have appeared in three FA Cup Finals, four League Cup Finals and Four Community Shields in a prolific period that many blues thought they’d never see.

Of the four FA Cup semi-finals, City have lost just one – Arsenal in 2017, while they have beaten Manchester United, Chelsea and Brighton in the other three. City have lost one FA Cup final in 2013, but beat Stoke City in 2011 and Watford in 2019.

The blues have won all four League Cup appearances, however two of those have gone to penalties – Liverpool in 2016 and Chelsea 2019, while City beats Sunderland 3-1 in 2014 and Arsenal 3-0 in 2018.

The blues lost the Community Shield match in 2011 to Manchester United, but won it the following season, beating Chelsea 3-2. In 2014, the blue lost to Arsenal 3-0, but beat Chelsea 2-0 last season as they began their trophy haul.