FA Cup winners Leicester City stunned Premier League champions Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley to claim their first silverware of the season – the FA Community Shield. The Foxes have lifted the Community Shield for the second time, exactly 50 years after the Club’s only other success in the competition. Follow us for more live soccer and football fixtures.
“There was a great feeling coming here today. Every Leicester player, fan, staff member coming here, it was a really special feeling,” head coach Brendan Rogers said in an interview. “We wanted to take that into the game and keep that feeling going, and thankfully we’ve done that.” Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho hit the only goal of the match in a late penalty to seal the win for the Foxes.
Leicester’s new £24miilion striker Patson Daka had his attempt impressively saved by Zack Steffen before referee Paul Tierney awarded Iheanacho the penalty after City’s Nathan Ake pointed to the spot. Iheanacho, who is a former City striker, became the first player to score a penalty in a Community Shield final – excluding shootouts – since Gary McAllister for Liverpool v Manchester United in 2001.
In May, Leicester won its first ever FA Cup, beating Chelsea 1-0 courtesy of a sensational Youri Tielemans’s 25-yard strike. The Foxes had lost their previous four FA Cup fixtures finals going into their fifth. Rodgers has become the first manager to win both the English and Scottish FA Cup since Sir Alex Ferguson. FA Cup is the oldest national football competition in the world, having first been held in 1872.
Leicester under Rogers has enjoyed an impressive last season as they remain in the third spot of the Premier League table and on course to qualify for the Champions League next season. Meanwhile, City boss Pep Guardiola had spoken before kick-off about having little time to prepare for the new season and with “half of the team” being out, with their England and Brazil players yet to return.
Guardiola was without Kyle Walker, John Stones, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Ederson, Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has just become a father. Foden and De Bruyne are injured. “Mentally we are ready but how can you be ready when the players train [for] three or four sessions?” Guardiola said.
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