Iheanacho Scores Winner As Leicester Beat Man City To Lift Community Shield

Leicester City's Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho (C) scores the opening goal from the penalty spot during the English FA Community Shield football match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 7, 2021. Adrian DENNIS / AFP
Leicester City’s Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho (C) scores the opening aim from the penalty spot throughout the English FA Community Shield soccer match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 7, 2021. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

 

Jack Grealish’s Manchester City debut was spoiled by Kelechi Iheanacho because the Leicester striker’s late penalty clinched a 1-0 win within the Community Shield on Saturday.

All eyes have been on Grealish when he got here on as a second half substitute following his British document £100 million ($139 million) transfer from Aston Villa on Thursday.

After coaching along with his new team-mates for the primary time on Friday, Grealish changed Sam Edozie within the sixty fifth minute and regarded full of life in his cameo look.

Grealish, the most costly English participant of all-time, carried extra risk than any of his team-mates.

But Grealish’s first sport in a City shirt led to disappointment as Iheanacho netted the final minute winner from the penalty spot after the Nigerian was hauled down by Nathan Ake.

Defeat within the annual curtain raiser to the English top-flight season will matter little to City if they’ll replicate final time period’s very good kind, which carried them to Premier League and League Cup glory.

But the Champions League runners-up begin their title defence at Tottenham on August 15 with an unsettled look that may concern Pep Guardiola.

With Guardiola admitting City’s curiosity in Tottenham striker Harry Kane on Friday, it was notable that his staff lacked the form of innovative the England captain would certainly present.

Persuading Tottenham to promote for lower than their £150 million ($208 million) asking value stays City’s hope, however they is perhaps suggested to splash on the proof of this largely toothless show.

Admittedly, City have been with out Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden after the playmakers each suffered accidents at Euro 2020.

Leicester City players celebrate after Leicester City's Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho scored the opening goal during the English FA Community Shield football match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 7, 2021. Adrian DENNIS / AFP
Leicester City gamers have a good time after Leicester City’s Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho scored the opening aim throughout the English FA Community Shield soccer match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 7, 2021. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

 

With a number of different City stars resting from Euro and Copa America responsibility, Guardiola fielded a weakened staff that includes teenage debutant Edozie and fellow academy graduate Cole Palmer.

For Leicester, their second Community Shield triumph — and their first for 50 years — confirmed they’ll construct on final season’s maiden FA Cup victory.

Three months after beating Chelsea within the remaining, Leicester have been again at Wembley nursing a defensive damage disaster earlier than the season has even began, with Wesley Fofana, James Justin and Jonny Evans all sidelined.

Grealish class

Brendan Rodgers did have Harvey Barnes again for the winger’s first look since February after a severe knee damage.

Barnes confirmed no indicators of rust as he drew a great save from Zack Steffen with a stinging low drive.

City had threatened early on when Ilkay Gundogan’s free-kick was beautifully tipped over by Kasper Schmeichel.

But Leicester regarded the extra cohesive unit within the first half and Steffen saved alertly from Jamie Vardy’s close-range flick.

Manchester City's English midfielder Jack Grealish applauds the fans at the end of the English FA Community Shield football match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 7, 2021. Adrian DENNIS / AFP
Manchester City’s English midfielder Jack Grealish applauds the followers on the finish of the English FA Community Shield soccer match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 7, 2021. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

 

It might need been a pleasant, however Guardiola’s frustration at City’s struggles boiled over when he was booked for an indignant rant on the fourth official after Palmer was penalised for a foul.

Vardy was inches away from opening the scoring when he met Barnes’ cross with an agile half-volley that was pushed onto the submit by Steffen.

Grealish warmed as much as enormous cheers early within the second half earlier than wild finishes from Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez wasted good possibilities to place City forward.

City followers acquired their want with 25 minutes left when Grealish was launched to very large cheers.

Grealish, carrying the quantity 10 shirt, acquired loads of touches as he glided across the remaining third in the hunt for area.

The most fouled participant within the Premier League final season thought he had received a free-kick on the sting of the world after an incisive burst, however Paul Tierney waved play on.

An astute go from Grealish picked out Bernardo Silva’s run into the Leicester space, however his team-mate’s cross wasn’t as much as scratch.

Despite Grealish’s class, it was Leicester who completed with the trophy due to Ake’s blunder.

Caught in possession by Iheanacho, Ake clearly tripped the striker, conceding a penalty that the Leicester star drilled excessive into the web.

 

AFP

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