MANCHESTER CITY overcame Liverpool to win the Community Shield on penalties at Wembley.
Gabriel Jesus scored the decisive spot-kick as City won 5-4 on pens after the match finished 1-1.
- Liverpool 1 (Matip, 77) Man City 1 (Sterling, 12)
- City win 5-4 on penalties
- Wijnaldum missed for Liverpool
Rather subdued celebrations on the pitch.
City will know they got away with that one.
But a win is a win.
Liverpool, despite the defeat, may feel more positive – it was a game they should have won once they got their attacking game going. And that was without Mane.
Norwich will fear that Salah has got most of his August misses out of the way five days too early.
From now on, it's Showtime!
Looks like someone realised the mistake.
Hey Jude replaced by Wonderwall.
That excitement at the end of the shoot-out has been lost now.
Half of the City fans have already popped off.
Know I'm old (very old).
But could we do without all the flipping music, please?
Klopp leads his side up into the Royal Box for the medals that nobody will put on display. Ever.
The Liverpool end is already long empty.
Not the City end, though.
They want to celebrate another trophy lift. They're getting to enjoy them.
But not Vincent Kompany's lift this time, of course.
It's David Silva, entering what is expected to be his final season at City, who wears the armband now.
God news for City is that Sane is fit enough to climb the stairs and get his medal – he surely wouldn't have done that if the injury was anything serious.
Guardiola stands below, on the Wembley turf, as Silva and Aguero share lifting duties.
Here comes the silver foil ticker tape. It's like Buenos Aires, 1978, all over again. Or maybe not.
And I thought The Beatles came from Liverpool – why on earth are they playing Hey Jude?
Moment of the match? Got to be that astonishing overheadclearance by Walker at the death. Brilliant stuff.
What to make of it?
City looked sharp in the first half, despite the absentees.
Think we'll see most of them back for the weekend.
Sterling scored one but will be grateful to Walker and Bravo for bailing him out after that dreadful second half miss.
Guardiola will be worried about the Sane injury. And keen to see Aguero fit and firing when it matters.
Liverpool's poor defensive display in the first half will be a concern for Klopp.
They were run through at will at times.
But on the ball they looked as strong as ever.
City with that winning feeling, again.
They have now won the last five domestic pots to be handed out.
That's not too shabby.
But…..Liverpool were definitely the better side in the second half, after City shaded the first half.
Salah could have had a hat-trick or more on his own – he will know that.
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