Darwin Nunez was on target as Liverpool beat Premier League defending champions Manchester City 3-1 to end a 16 years barren Community Shield title. The former Benfica striker Darwin Nunez scored the last goal to give the Reds the title.
The FA Cup winners were pipped to the Premier League title by a single point the last term after a season-long fight with Manchester City but came out on top in a tremendous game in Leicester.
Liverpool Beat Manchester City to Win Community Shield
Playing at the King Power Stadium rather than Wembley – which will host Sunday’s Women’s Euros final. The two sides did not hold back in a match that tends to be badged as a ‘glorified friendly.
Full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold scored the opening goal with a curling effort from the edge of the box which took a slight deflection off Nathan Ake and nestled in the far corner.
He celebrated by raising his finger to his lips in front of the City supporters, who had helped generate a thunderous atmosphere by trading jibes with their Liverpool counterparts.
Manchester City’s star summer signing Erling Haaland showed glimpses of what he will bring by drawing a good save from Adrian, while Darwin Nunez had a one-on-one effort kept out by Ederson.
Man City later had an equalizer through their new signing Julian Alvarez. The Argentine striker stayed alert after Phil Foden’s shot was saved to poke home from close range, with the goal awarded after a lengthy VAR check.
Mohamed Salah edged their back in front by scoring from the penalty spot with eight minutes remaining after referee Craig Pawson adjudged – from looking at the pitchside monitor – that Ruben Dias had handled inside the area.
And Nunez had the final say, stooping to head in from close range before wheeling off to celebrate in front of his new supporters.