Man City topple Liverpool in penalty shootout to lift Community Shielde
Manchester City beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw to retain the Community Shield in an absorbing contest at Wembley. Georginio Wijnaldum was the only player to miss from 12 yards as Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Sliva, Phil Foden, Oleksandr Zinchenko all netted for City before Gabriel Jesus struck the winning spot-kick.
ABH Press brings to you bits of action you may have missed at Wembley:
LIVERPOOL FANS BOOING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
Both sets of fans warmed up their vocal chords before kick-off, with Liverpool fans booing Raheem Sterling and Manchester City responding by heckling a rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
After whistling throughout City’s anthem ‘Blue Moon’, Reds supporters then booed the national anthem.
It is not the first time either, with Liverpool fans previously booing God Save the Queen ahead of the 2012 FA Cup final against Chelsea.
SALAH SWAPS SHOOTING BOOTS FOR DANCING SHOES
Mohamed Salah showed off his trademark nifty footwork to evade three tackles in succession at Wembley, but he didn’t have it all his own way on a frustrating afternoon for Liverpool’s star man.
The Egyptian evaded the attentions of David Silva, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Otamendi before finding a team-mate with a pass.
However, he missed several big chances in front of goal and was denied an injury-time winner by Kyle Walker’s incredible bicycle kick on the goal-line.
PEP BECOMES FIRST PREMIER LEAGUE MANAGER TO RECEIVE A YELLOW CARD
Guardiola is no stranger to a touchline tantrum and it took him less than 45 minutes to blow a gasket at Wembley.
Incensed by Joe Gomez’s tackle on David Silva, Guardiola angrily remonstrated with the fourth official and was booked for his protests by referee Martin Atkinson.
The yellow card saw him make a small piece of history as he became the first Premier League manager ever to be booked following a rule change which allows referees to book managers for dissent.
MANCHESTER CITY’S VINTAGE KIT
City players wore a special shirt to mark their 125th anniversary.
The vintage strip was free of sponsorship, with gold lettering underneath the club crest detailing the landmark occasion.
The inside of the neck also featured a copy of the founding document signed by Joshua Parlby, who managed City in the 1890s.
REFEREE STOPS PLAY AFTER BALL HITS HIM
Another rule change implemented ahead of the new season has seen referees instructed to halt play if they’re struck by the ball.
In the second half referee Atkinson got in the way of a stray Liverpool pass and brought play to a halt, much to the annoyance of City fans who were probably unaware of the new rule.