Claudio Bravo put in a man of the match performance as Manchester City drew first blood in the 2019/2020 season. City defeated rivals Liverpool on penalties, after a well-fought 1-1 draw.
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These two clubs now provide the most anticipated game in the English game. Last season, they battled it out until the last game for the EPL trophy, with City edging Liverpool by one point.
The game started well for Guardiola’s men as they dominated proceedings in the first half and got the first goal, courtesy of Raheem Sterling. Liverpool looked like they still had a summer hangover and were struggling to cope with City’s game.
In the second half, though, Liverpool took the game to City, showing that they can play at the same level. Joel Matip came on as a substitute for Gomez, stabilizing the Liverpool defense and chipping in with a crucial equalizer.
Mo Salah missed multiple opportunities to put Liverpool ahead, the best one of them cleared off the line in dramatic fashion by Kyle Walker at the very end of the game.
As usual, there was not much to separate the two teams. One penalty miss by Wijnaldum in the shootout gave the win to Guardiola’s men.
Liverpool fans will not be too disappointed with this game. The performance was good and penalty shootouts are always 50-50.
If there’s something we have learnt today, it’s that the Community Shield is not just a friendly game as “frenemies” Guardiola and Klopp engaged in heated exchanges on the touchline.
Manchester City add yet more silverware in the Guardiola era, an auspicious start to the season.