Manchester City win Community Shield after a fortunate penalty shootout win over Liverpool in a thrilling encounter at Wembley.
The game went all the way to penalties after the 2 sides played out a 1-1 draw in a game where there were many chances, particularly for Liverpool.
The first major chance of the game fell to Mohamed Salah when he missed the target after Roberto Firmino superbly won the ball back off the City defence.
But City struck first when Raheem Sterling fortunately fumbled the ball into the net after Liverpool switched off at the back.
Salah then rolled City left back Zinchenko to get in behind but struck the outside of the post as the Manchester side led at the break.
Liverpool then came charging back in the second half.
Virgil van Dijk had an effort come back off the crossbar, which many inside the stadium thought was in, only for referee Martin Atkinson to confirm the ball had not crossed the line.
Mo Salah then went close again moments later as he smartly dribbled through the City defence and his superb strike came off the post.
Liverpool then made a whole host of changes as Jurgen Klopp made 5 of the 6 substitutes available to both managers as Liverpool pushed for a winner.
Naby Keita forced a good save from Claudio Bravo before Liverpool finally deservedly levelled up the game.
Virgil van Dijk showed fantastic composure to cushion the ball back across goal for Joel Matip to head home to level the game up, with Liverpool having the momentum going into the final stages of the game.
Further chances for Salah and Shaqiri followed, before Kyle Walker superbly cleared Mo Salah’s header off the line as it begun to feel like Manchester City’s afternoon.
The game then went to penalties and Gini Wijnaldum missed the decisive penalty as Manchester City win Community Shield 5-4 on spot kicks.
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Source: Sky Sports, 2019https://www.skysports.com/football/liverpool-vs-man-city/407979