Manchester City beat Liverpool to claim Community Shield (Match Report)

Manchester City have retained the Community Shield they won last season, but this time around it was Liverpool who gave them a very good match which went into penalties after 1-1 draw .

The Premier League champions eventually beat the UEFA Chapions League winners 5-4 on spot-kicks.

City were the better team in the first half, but Liverpool ran them ragged in the second half and fully deserved Joel Matip’s equaliser.

City led through Raheem Sterling’s early goal, which was both well-worked and scruffy. Kevin de Bruyne found David Silva, who knocked the ball on for Sterling to blast home. His shot was straight at Alisson, but hit with such venom from close range he could not keep it out

The Guardiola-tutored side were much the better team in general play – but Liverpool created three good chances of their own, all falling to Mo Salah.

In the second half, Liverpool were all over the Premier League champions. Shortly after the commencement of the second half, Van Dijk hit the underside of the bar! Alexander-Arnold’s scruffy corner from the left bounced past everyone at the near post and was hooked towards goal by Van Dijk.

It beat Bravo, rebounded off the underside of the bar and bounced down onto the line. Van Dijk thought it was in; goal-line technology confirmed it was not.

In the 58th minute of the game, Mo Salah also hit the post. The Egyptian wriggled away from a couple of City players on the edge of the area and drove a low, left-footed shot through the legs of David Silva. Bravo was slightly unsighted and the ball rebounded off the outside of the post.

Sterling should have handed the Etihad club their second goal in the 61st minute when nhe had a great chance to do that. He was put through on goal by Walker, with all the time in the world to decide what to do. He couldn’t decide whether to shoot or give the goal to Walker; in the end he did neither and ran the ball straight into the loving arms of Alisson.

Liverpool got a deserved equaliser for Liverpool in the 77th minute when Henderson’s free-kick from a narrow position on the right skimmed off the head of somebody in the middle and came to Van Dijk beyond the far post. He lobbed it calmly back into the six-yard box, where Matip beat Bravo with a precise downward header.

From this point it was Liverpool all the way. But they were unable to get the wining goal no thank to City goalkeeper who kept his team in the match.

Even during the penalty shoot-out, Bravo saved Georginio Wijnaldum ‘s kick while City scored all their own kicks to hand the Premier League champions the Community Shield.

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Frank Lampard opens up on one his key players, says “he has given me a problem”

Frank Lampard was full of praise for Mason Mount, who capped a fine pre-season with an excellent performance after Chelsea played a draw at Borussia Monchengladbach on nSaturday.

The London club looked horribly exposed in midfield in the first half as the home side ran up a 2-0 lead, yet they recovered with a much better second-half performance which saw two penalties, scored by Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley, secure the 2-2 draw.

It was Mount’s quick feet and agile change of direction that fooled Keanan Bennetts to win the later penalty in the 85th minute, which Barkley stuck in off the post.

And the 20-year-old, who played under Lampard on loan at Derby last season, is now pressing his claims to start against Manchester United following an afternoon of intelligent pressing, incisive passing and close control.

‘He has done a lot,’ said Lampard. ‘I’m really happy with how he’s training, how he’s playing and his status in the group coming back here. The players recognise quality instantly but they also recognise work rate and character — and Mason has all of those.

‘He has given me a problem. Ross Barkley also had a good pre-season and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be back later on. It’s good, as they’re all adaptable. It doesn’t have to be just one. They can play in a variety of positions. I couldn’t ask for more from what Mason has done.’

Manchester United agree terms with Juventus striker as Dybala remains resolute on Turin future

Reports in Italy claim Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic has agreed personal terms with Manchester United, separate from Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku.

The Croatia international has been in negotiations over the last few days, his future entering the conversation around the Dybala-Lukaku swap deal.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport and Tuttomercatoweb, Mandzukic has agreed terms with Manchester United for a two-year contract with option for a third.

He’s set to earn €6m per season at Old Trafford and his price-tag is set at €15m, report Football Italia.

The 33-year-old Croatia international was purchased from Atletico Madrid for €25m in 2015.

Last season, despite not always being first choice, he still scored 10 goals with seven assists in 33 games between Serie A and the Champions League.

Real Madrid call off Paul Pogba chase as Solskjaer confirms star “will remain at Manchester United this season”

Reports in Spain state that Real Madrid have called off their interest in Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Accoring to reports in Marca this weekend, Los Blancos haved decided to end their summer long chase of the French international, in favour of a move for Ajax midfielder Donny Van De Beek.

Manager Zinedine Zidane highlighted Pogba as his primary transfer target ahead of the 2019-20 La Liga season, however Van de Beek has emerged as a more achieveable option, report Football Espana.

The Dutch international is expected to travel to Madrid on July 5 to finalise personal terms with Zidane’s side, after the two clubs agreed a €30m fee for the 22-year old.

Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Paul Pogba will remain at the club for the 2019-20 season.

Pogba stated during United’s pre-season campaign that he wanted to move on from Old Trafford for a ‘new challenge’, with Real Madrid widely reported to be his destination for the new season.

However, despite interest from Real Madrid the Spanish giants never made a formal bid and the Norwegian boss has confirmed that time has run out on a possible deal.

“I have no doubt that Pogba will remain at Manchester United this season.

“He will return to training this week, and he has only missed our game (against AC Milan) due to a minor injury.

“I did not want to risk him for this game, but he should be OK for our first game (against Chelsea).”