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Far Right Rallies in US City Amid Violence Fears

Protestors in Portland (file photo)
Last month saw clashes between antifa and the far right in Portland

 

 

Far-right groups are rallying in the north-western US city of Portland, Oregon, amid fears of clashes with left-wing counter-protesters.

Police are mounting a major operation to keep the two sides apart.

The stated aim of the far-right gathering is to urge that the antifa (anti-fascist) movement be declared a domestic terror organisation.

Portland, one of the most liberal cities in the US, is regarded as an antifa stronghold.

Who’s attending the rallies?

The rally has mainly been promoted by Joe Biggs, a member of the far-right Proud Boys group and former employee of Alex Jones’s Infowars.

Proud Boys – which The Southern Poverty Law Center, a major US civil rights organisation, has classified as a hate group – have been involved in previous far-right rallies, and violent street clashes, in Portland.

Proud Boys says incidents of violence allegedly involving members of the loosely organised antifa movement, an international coalition of militant activists and protesters opposed to the far right – justifies a ban.

Members of the local Rose City Antifa group are mounting a counter-demonstration in the city.

A statement on its website accuses far-right groups of planning “to bring their branded political violence to our streets” and encourages people “to defend Portland against far-right attack”.

As well as Proud Boys, a number of other far-right groups have said they will be there – for example the American Guard, which the Anti-Defamation League has called “hardcore white supremacist”, and the militia group Three Percenters.

What’s the background?

It follows two years of increasingly violent rallies in Portland, many of which were organised by Joey Gibson, the leader of far-right group Patriot Prayer, who is currently facing criminal charges connected to a right-wing riot outside a bar in May.

But organisers claim this particular rally is a response to an incident said to have taken place at the last far-right rally held in the city, in June. Then, the right-wing writer Andy Ngo had milkshakes thrown at him and was punched by counter-protesters.

President Donald Trump has said the Portland situation is being closely watched by his administration, and indicated that naming antifa “an organisation of terror” was being considered.

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Mr Trump has previously mentioned white supremacists, as well as antifa as being a major issue.

Man City Denied Winner Against Tottenham By VAR

Jesus thought he had won it for City deep in injury time

Gabriel Jesus had an injury-time goal ruled out by VAR as Manchester City dropped points at home for the first time since December 2018 with a 2-2 draw against Tottenham.

Raheem Sterling headed City ahead in the first half, but Erik Lamela swiftly equalised from distance.

Sergio Aguero flicked home before Lucas Moura nodded in soon after coming on.

Jesus then swept home in injury time, but it was ruled out for a handball by Aymeric Laporte.

It was a frustrating result for Manchester City in their first home game of the season, particularly after beginning their title defence with a 5-0 win at West Ham last weekend.

The home fans greeted the final whistle with boos directed at VAR as the disallowed goal stirred memories of City’s Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Tottenham last season.

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The disallowed late goal meant Manchester City failed to win a Premier League game for the first time in 16 games

Deja vu for City

In April, City needed a goal to secure passage to the last four of the Champions League in their second leg encounter with Spurs at the Etihad.

The hosts thought that had arrived in injury time when Sterling struck, prompting wild celebrations from City boss Pep Guardiola.

But emotions switched instantly as the video assistant referee had the final word, ruling that Aguero was offside when Bernardo Silva diverted the ball into Sterling’s path.

This time, City players wheeled away to celebrate what appeared to be a last-gasp winning goal that would have extended City’s winning run at home in the Premier League to 11 games.

However, those celebrations were cut short when referee Michael Oliver indicated that a VAR review was under way, and the goal was disallowed after replays showed a ball into the box had flicked off Laporte’s arm.

It is the second successive City game in which VAR has played a significant role. The system also overturned a goal by Sterling in their win at West Ham last time out.

Can Tottenham truly challenge City this season?

Tottenham finished 27 points behind City last season but Mauricio Pochettino’s side strengthened in the summer, giving fans hope that they could challenge for a first league title since 1961.

However, Spurs barely had a touch of the ball in the opening 10 minutes as City enjoyed 74% possession and, even though they did manage to equalise, it was against the run of play as Lamela made the most of a rare opening in the home side’s defence.

But despite the hosts’ dominance, Spurs appear to have a knack of scoring against City.

Prior to Saturday’s game, City had won their previous 15 home games in all competitions, conceding just six goals in the process. But three of those six goals were scored by Tottenham in the 4-3 Champions League game in April.

And Spurs breached their defences once more when Moura headed home from a corner just 19 seconds after coming on as a substitute.

It was a big result for Tottenham, who were beaten home and away by City in the Premier League last season. But despite the result, they were heavily outplayed by their opponents, who finished with 30 shots on goal compared to Spurs’ three.

They will want to be more competitive against their title rivals if they are to challenge for honours this term.

Man of the match – Kevin de Bruyne

Kevin de Bruyne
De Bruyne had the keys to unlock the Tottenham defence and can count himself unlucky that his assists did not lead to a Manchester City win

De Bruyne display a highlight for City

There will no doubt be frustration among City fans that their side could not notch up an early win over a title rival, but De Bruyne’s performance will have given them some comfort.

When Manchester City won the Premier League in 2017-18, the Belgian playmaker was the creative heartbeat of the team, providing 16 assists – more than any other player in the league that season.

Various injuries made for a difficult campaign last term, but a strong pre-season suggested the fitness problems that plagued him last season were behind him, a feeling that has been reinforced by his explosive start to 2019-20.

De Bruyne got his first assist of the season when he set up Sterling for City’s second goal in the 5-0 win at West Ham last weekend, and the two combined superbly once again on Saturday, with De Bruyne evading the Tottenham defence with a wonderful curled pass for Sterling to nod home.

The hosts’ second goal came from a typical Manchester City move. De Bruyne found a pocket of space on the right and delivered across the face of goal for Aguero to turn in.

De Bruyne managed just two Premier League assists last season but already has three to his name in this campaign. If his injuries are truly behind him, the early signs are that the Belgian player could be back to his very best.

Sensational Sterling – the stats

  • Manchester City mustered 30 shots, the most Tottenham have faced in a Premier League fixture since November 2011 (31 v Fulham).
  • Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in seven goals in his last seven games for Man City against Spurs in all competitions (six goals, one assist), including netting five in his last four against them at the Etihad.
  • Sterling has scored in four consecutive club appearances in all competitions for the first time in his career, netting seven goals in those four games.
  • Kevin De Bruyne has registered three assists in his two Premier League games this season, one more than he managed in the whole of the last campaign.
  • Sergio Aguero has netted 97 goals at the Etihad in the Premier League, the joint-third highest total by a player at a single stadium in the competition (Henry 114 at Highbury, Rooney 101 at Old Trafford, Shearer 97 at St James’ Park).
  • Lucas Moura has been directly involved in five goals in his last five games in all competitions for Tottenham (four goals, one assist), as many as he managed in his previous 20.
  • All three of the Premier League games where Erik Lamela has both scored and assisted have come against Manchester clubs, twice against City and once against United.

What next?

Manchester City will look to get back to winning ways when they travel to Bournemouth on Sunday, 25 August (14:00 BST). Tottenham, meanwhile, are at home to Newcastle on the same day (16:30 BST).

Sydney Knife Attack: Man Arrested Over Stabbings in City Centre

An armed man has been arrested after stabbing a woman in central Sydney and being detained on the street by members of the public.

A second woman was found dead inside an apartment building on the same street.

“All the information we have at hand would link these two crimes,” police commissioner Mick Fuller said at a press conference.

He said the suspect was a “lone actor” with a history of mental health issues.

He was known to police but “his history was unremarkable compared to the gravity of the crimes he committed”, Mr Fuller said.

Photo from inside a car shows a man holding a large knife being confronted by a man holding a wicker chairPhotos taken at the scene show the stand-off between the knifeman and a passerby wielding a chair

 

 

The police commissioner said the suspect had some ideologies related to terrorism, but had no apparent links to other terrorist organisations.

It is believed the man had a USB drive containing details of mass killings in New Zealand and the United States.

Mr Fuller said the stabbing is not currently being classed as a terrorist incident but this would be reassessed as the investigation continues.

Three “heroes” were praised by New South Wales Police Minister David Elliot for their role in detaining the man and acting “well and truly beyond the call of any citizen”. He also congratulated the firefighters involved.

What happened?

The incident unfolded at about 14:00 local time (04:00 GMT) on Tuesday near Clarence St and King St, a busy area in the city centre.

Video footage shows the suspect jumping on a car wielding a knife, shouting “Allahu Akbar” and “shoot me”, as another man confronts him with a wicker chair.

Police said the suspect had stabbed a 41-year-old woman in the back before being restrained by three members of the public.

They “placed him essentially under arrest, even though he was branching a large butchers knife and was clearly dangerous”.

Emergency services arrived shortly after and following a wider investigation, the body of a 21-year-old woman was found nearby.

The injured woman was taken to hospital in a stable condition. Police said there was no ongoing threat.

‘Completely fearless’

“He was fearless. He was completely fearless,” said the taxi driver whose car was jumped on by the man.

“I froze for probably a split second but then I thought I’m hoping that he’s not covered in any explosives or anything,” he told Nine News Sydney. The Uber driver then quickly accelerated to force the man off his car.

One witness said she saw the man jump on a car before he was confronted by people on the street who tried to fight him with chairs and pipes.

“The guy had blood on his shirt. He was screaming, holding a knife on his hand, and running up a car just in front of us,” Japanese tourist Aya Yamada told the BBC.

“Another guy with a chair and some firefighters were chasing him. I was in the car with my husband and friends, and could run away immediately.”

The suspected knifeman standing in the streetWitnesses said the suspect apparently had blood on his shirt

 

 

Videos posted online show a man running through the streets brandishing a knife, before people attempt to stop him and eventually tackle him to the ground.

Other images show the suspect being pinned down with a chair and a milk crate, then being taken away by police.

‘Significantly brave’

Supt Wood praised those who had intervened in the “extremely dangerous and hostile” situation, saying their actions had helped capture the man.

“They were significantly brave people,” Supt Wood said.

Three British men were among those who helped take the man down, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Lee Cuthbert, Paul O’Shaughnessy and Luke O’Shaughnessy, all from Manchester, were working nearby when they heard the commotion outside and ran out to help.

“You don’t think, you just kind of react really. It was surreal, very, very surreal,” said Mr Cuthbert.

“We all kind of chased, worked together, but it was Luke who was the real hero. He pursued him the hardest and managed to get a grip of him.”

Authorities have urged people to avoid the area.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted that the “violent attack” was “deeply concerning” but praised the “brave actions” of those who restrained the suspect.

Champions Manchester City Thrash West Ham in VAR-Dominated Game

Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 18 goals in his past 10 competitive starts for Manchester City – 13 goals and five assists

Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City got their title defence off to a winning start with victory at West Ham in a game that saw the video assistant referee play a significant role for the first time in the Premier League.

The technology is making its debut in England’s top flight this season and, after last night’s curtain raiser between Liverpool and Norwich passed off without incident, it took centre-stage on Saturday.

VAR was first called on when Gabriel Jesus appeared to have put City 3-0 up midway through the second half, only for Raheem Sterling to be ruled fractionally offside in the build-up.

After Sterling added City’s third, a moment also reviewed for possible offside, the system then awarded the visitors a penalty retake after Sergio Aguero’s tame effort was saved by Lukasz Fabianski but Declan Rice was deemed to have encroached into the area.

The striker made no mistake at the second attempt.

This was, nevertheless, a dominant and deserved victory for Pep Guardiola’s side, who laid down a marker for the season ahead in emphatic fashion.

The visitors had looked a little short of their best early on but they took the lead midway through the first half when Jesus flicked in Kyle Walker’s low ball into the box.

They doubled their advantage six minutes into the second half, Sterling sliding in a low shot after being put through by Kevin de Bruyne.

After Jesus’ VAR-denied effort, a third did come for City as Sterling ran on to a ball over the defence before coolly lobbing Fabianski. And after Aguero’s retaken penalty, Sterling got his third in injury time to complete the rout.

VAR takes centre stage

The advent of VAR has been controversial, not least during a summer in which it was criticised for the confusion it caused within stadiums and the time it took to make decisions at the Women’s World Cup.

The Premier League, however, had vowed to ensure its use would have minimum impact on the spectacle. That was certainly the case at Anfield on Friday night, where its use did not disrupt the flow of the game.

Initially, that continued in this game as a couple of early incidents were checked and a decision made in seconds.

But its first controversial moment arrived early in the second half when City, 2-0 up and looking comfortable, appeared to score a third when they opened the West Ham defence with quick football before Sterling teed up Jesus to slot in.

The away fans started celebrating wildly – until ‘VAR in review’ appeared on the big screen. After a few moments of checking, the goal was ruled out with Sterling’s shoulder just beyond the offside line.

City fans were understandably more cautious when Sterling stuck the ball in the back of the net soon after and there were ironic cheers when ‘VAR in review’ once again appeared on the big screen.

But this time the goal stood and from then on the fans were in playful mood, occasionally chanting “VAR, VAR”. But frustrations started to creep in again when Aguero’s penalty had to be retaken.

If its use in this game is anything to go by, the controversy over VAR is not going to go away anytime soon.

City pick up where they left off

Champions City struck the first blow against Liverpool by winning the Community Shield last weekend, only for the Reds to respond with an impressive 4-1 thumping of Norwich in the league on Friday night.

And a few eyebrows were raised as City made a lethargic start in London, perhaps caught off-guard an aggressive start from the hosts. Ultimately though – as so often last season – it proved a false dawn and the visitors eventually took full control.

Improve this City side is no mean feat but Guardiola’s summer signings look like good additions to an already hugely talented squad.

Rodri, the club’s £63m record signing from Atletico Madrid, slotted straight into midfield and impressed with his physicality and eye for a pass.

And even if full-back Joao Cancelo did not start, he still appeared to have had a positive impact on the team – Walker appeared especially keen to impose himself on the game and turned in an impressive performance, including the assis for the opener.

Games between these two sides have been heavily one-sided affairs in recent seasons, with City having now won their past eight competitive matches against the Hammers, scoring 28 goals and conceding just four in the process.

On this evidence, the champions are going to take some stopping.

Hope for Hammers despite big defeat

West Ham have struggled to get comfortable at London Stadium since moving in three years ago but former City boss Manuel Pellegrini appears to have steadied the ship since arriving last year – and after a summer in which they look to have recruited well, there is a real sense of optimism among fans that their side can challenge for the top six.

Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals have come in for a combined £69m, adding additional flair to an attack that includes Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson.

Haller, who scored 14 goals in 27 appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt last season, immediately looked a more than capable replacement for Marko Arnautovic, who moved to China in the summer.

His excellent hold-up play and ability to bring in others was a big factor in the Hammers dominating their opponents in the opening 20 minutes.

West Ham have not had a 20-goal-a-season striker since Teddy Sheringham back in 2004-05. Whether Haller can hit that target this season only time will tell, but his all-round play means he looks set to be a useful acquisition.

So while this was another heavy defeat for West Ham against City, it is not a game on which their prospects for the coming season can be fairly judged.

Man of the match – Raheem Sterling (Man City)

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling
No surprise that the player who scores a hat-trick gets man of the match. Sterling scored 17 Premier League goals last season. On this evidence, he could be heading for 20-plus this season

City cannot stop winning – the stats

  • Manchester City have won their past 15 Premier League games, three short of their own top-flight record (18 between August-December 2017).
  • City have won their past nine opening fixtures in the Premier League, a run stretching back to 2011-12.
  • West Ham have now lost their past four opening fixtures to a Premier League season, including each of the past three by an aggregate score of 13-0.
  • Raheem Sterling became the eighth player to score a hat-trick on the opening weekend of a Premier League campaign, and the first since Didier Drogba in 2010-11.
  • Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 18 goals in his past 10 starts for City in all competitions, scoring 13 and assisting a further five.
  • Sterling’s second goal in this match was his 50th in the Premier League for Manchester City – he’s the sixth player to reach the milestone for the club in the competition.
  • City forward Sergio Aguero has scored seven goals on the opening day of a Premier League season – only Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Alan Shearer (all eight) have scored more.

What’s next?

West Ham head to Brighton next Saturday (15:00 BST) when Manchester City host Tottenham in the late game (17:30).

Man City Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan Signs New Contract To 2023

Ilkay Gundogan scored a penalty in Manchester City’s penalty shootout win over Liverpool in the Community Shield

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has signed a new four-year contract until 2023.

After lengthy negotiations, the Germany international, 28, agreed fresh terms with the Premier League champions last week and signed the deal on Thursday.

City and manager Pep Guardiola see him as a key part of their plans as he enters what should be the peak years of his career.

Gundogan’s previous contract at Etihad Stadium had a year to run.

He joined City from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund for £25m in 2016.

Despite suffering two serious knee injuries, the former Nuremberg player has won five major trophies, scoring 17 goals in 115 appearances for City.

Manchester City Winger Leroy Sane To Undergo Surgery On Knee Injury

Sane was replaced in the 13th minute during Manchester City’s Community Shield triumph over Liverpool at Wembley

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane will undergo surgery in the next few days after tearing his cruciate ligament in the Community Shield win over Liverpool.

The 23-year-old German international went off clutching his right knee after just 13 minutes at Wembley.

Sane, who has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich this summer, is now expected to remain at City.

City begin the defence of their title at West Ham at 12:30 BST on Saturday.

A statement on the club’s website said: “He [Sane] has undergone testing throughout the week, with a specialist doctor travelling to Manchester for further examinations to understand the extent of the injury.

“Manchester City will provide Leroy with all the support and guidance he needs, and everyone connected with the club wishes him a quick and full recovery.”

Man City Complete Deal For Juventus Full-back Joao Cancelo As Danilo Moves Other Way

Manchester City have completed the signing of Portugal right-back Joao Cancelo from Juventus for £60m.

The agreement sees City full-back Danilo, 28, move in the opposite direction for a fee of £34.1m.

Cancelo, 25, has signed a contract at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2025 and becomes City’s third signing of the summer after Angelino and Rodri.

“City are a fantastic club, with a brilliant manager and I am delighted to be here,” said Cancelo.

“Everything about them has impressed me, from the facilities, to their style of play.

“I am always looking to develop my game and win trophies and I believe I can do that here, so now I’m really looking forward to the new season and testing myself in the Premier League.”

Cancelo, who can play further forward as well as at left-back, joined Juventus from Valencia for £35m in 2018 after a season on loan at Inter Milan.

He was part of the Portugal squad that won the Nations League in June, although he did not play.

City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “Joao is a fine player and an excellent attacking full-back who will provide us with a real threat on the right-hand side.

“We have been impressed with his progress and have no doubt he can continue to shine here in Manchester.

“He fits the profile of player we want here at Manchester City. His best years are ahead of him, he’s technically proficient and has the physical attributes we desire.”

City signed Danilo from Real Madrid for £26.5m in 2017, and he made 22 league starts in 60 appearances for the Blues across all competitions.

The Brazilian, who has agreed a five-year contract at Juve, has been involved in back-to-back Premier League title wins under manager Pep Guardiola but has rarely been viewed as a first choice.

Man City in Talks With Juventus Over Joao Cancelo Swap For Danilo

Joao Cancelo (right) played for Juventus in a pre-season friendly against Tottenham

Manchester City are in talks with Juventus over a deal to sign Portugal right-back Joao Cancelo with Brazil full-back Danilo moving the other way.

There is no agreement yet but City manager Pep Guardiola is keen to strengthen his options on the right.

City, who also have £45m England right-back Kyle Walker in their squad, are expected to pay a fee in addition to 28-year-old Danilo joining Juve.

Cancelo, 25, has also played further forward as well as at left-back.

He joined Juventus from Valencia for £35m in 2018 after spending a season on loan at Inter Milan.

Cancelo was part of the Portugal squad that won the Nations League earlier this summer although he did not play.

City signed Danilo from Real Madrid for £26.5m in 2017.

He has been involved in the Blues’ back-to-back Premier League title wins but has rarely been viewed as a first-choice.

Danilo has made 60 appearances in all competitions but only 22 league starts, the last of which came against Cardiff on 3 April.

Man City Edge Liverpool On Penalties in Entertaining Community Shield

Manchester City won the Community Shield on penalties after edging Liverpool in an entertaining game in front of a raucous Wembley.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s penalty was saved by City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, before Gabriel Jesus scored the winning kick.

The meeting between two outstanding sides did not disappoint.

City’s Raheem Sterling finally scored his first goal against his old club when he turned home David Silva’s flick-on from close range.

The woodwork was hit three times in quick succession in the second half, as Sterling struck the post in a one on one, Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk shot against the underside of the bar and team-mate Mohamed Salah hit a post.

The Reds drew level when Joel Matip headed home Van Dijk’s cross.

At that stage, Liverpool looked the most likely team to win, with Salah having at least three chances – most remarkably when his header was sensationally cleared off the line by a Kyle Walker bicycle kick.

And so the game went straight to penalties, with City scoring all of theirs.

A game whose competitive status is often questioned – and might end up meaning little as the season goes on – was nonetheless an entertaining start to the top-level season. A curtain-raiser if you will.

City start season with more silverware

City started the game with no recognised striker and Sterling playing up front. That only lasted 13 minutes, because an injury to Bayern Munich target Leroy Sane meant Jesus was brought on. Sane was fit enough to later climb the Wembley steps and collect his medal.

By the time he has departed, City were ahead, with Sterling netting during a period they were down to 10 men.

Kevin de Bruyne, who missed a large portion of last season through injury, was majestic – especially in the first half – with a big hand in the opening goal.

The Belgian found 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.

City definitely flagged after the break, but they could still have scored more with Sterling hitting the post after Jesus stepped over a Silva through ball.

The England forward really should have done better after being sent through again, this time by Walker, but he stumbled when trying to go round Alisson.

Debutant Rodri, playing the Fernandinho role as a sitting midfielder, was solid for the most part, doing the simple things well without making any headline-making passes.

He was caught daydreaming once as Salah took the ball off him but Bravo – who was excellent in his first appearance since last year’s Community Shield – was off his line quickly to stop the Egyptian.

One slight change to the way City played saw Bravo play short goal-kicks in his box to Nicolas Otamendi, taking advantage of the new laws this summer which passing teams like City and Liverpool are likely to utilise.

They were perhaps lucky the game went straight to penalties and not extra time, with Liverpool in the ascendancy once they had equalised.

But City start the season – as they started last year – with the Community Shield.

Liverpool pay for missed chances

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said before the game he was surprised the Community Shield is not taken more seriously – and went on to question what the point of holding the game even was.

It was the first of seven competitions Liverpool take part in this season, with their Premier League opener against Norwich on Friday followed by the Uefa Super Cup against Chelsea in Istanbul the following Wednesday.

Klopp, despite his reservations about the game, named the strongest team he could – including nine of the XI who started the Champions League final in June.

Divock Origi might have been their unlikely hero last season, but Sadio Mane he is not. The Senegal forward returns to training on Monday after his Africa Cup of Nations final heartbreak. Origi lacked the killer edge on the left side of the front three.

Roberto Firmino and Salah – who both played less than 90 minutes in pre-season friendlies after summer internationals – looked sharp without scoring.

Firmino’s volley after a good turn was well saved and Salah should have done better twice after Oleksandr Zinchenko errors.

Liverpool looked a better team after the break though – with 64.3% possession and 13 shots to City’s three in the second half.

Van Dijk – one of three Liverpool players nominated for the Fifa Best award last week – was unlucky not to equalise when his shot went over Bravo but hit the underside of the bar and bounced onto the line.

But the Dutchman did set up Matip’s equaliser after City failed to sufficiently clear Jordan Henderson’s free-kick.

Salah really should have won the game for Liverpool. One shot looped off Zinchenko and hit the roof of the net, before he took advantage of Rodri’s mistake only to be denied by Bravo.

And the big moment was when he had a shot saved by Bravo, but turned the rebound over the keeper into what appeared to be an empty net before the fantastic intervention of Walker.

On to penalties it went and Bravo’s save from Wijnaldum was the difference.

What can we read into the Community Shield?

It is probably foolhardy to draw too many conclusions into the game.

City and Liverpool produced one of the great title races last season, with Pep Guardiola’s side beating Klopp’s men by 98 points to 97.

Another great battle is expected, and there is no doubt this is now a big rivalry, a new ‘derby’ between two of Europe’s great sides.

Before the game there were the usual mind games by the managers, barbs about spending from Klopp that Guardiola did not appreciate.

Both clubs’ anthems – You’ll Never Walk Alone and Blue Moon – were passionately and deafeningly booed by the opposition fans.

Guardiola got so animated at giving instructions at one stage during a break in play that he came onto the pitch and was shown a yellow card, one of football’s new laws this summer.

But in terms of the football itself, many players were missing full fitness after shortened pre-seasons. The Copa America, Africa Cup of Nations and Uefa Nations League finals have all been this summer.

Sergio Aguero, Mane and Ederson were among the men who will come back into their respective teams. And fitness levels too will improve as the season goes on.

Man of the match – Claudio Bravo

Bravo saves a penalty
As well as stopping the crucial penalty, Claudio Bravo made seven saves in the game

‘No team can dominate for 90 minutes’

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: “An incredible final from both sides. No team can dominate for 90 minutes. We had real good moments. In the last 15 minutes we were exhausted and they had chances to win the game.

“It was a good test for both teams. It’s nice for the players to realise what they will face this season. At this level the difference is nothing. One penalty, one point.

“Manchester United will be back, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea… I don’t know what will happen.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “Wow, it was a really good performance, a powerful one in the second half. Both teams had a similar pre-season. I spoke to Kevin de Bruyne after the game and we both said we don’t really know where we are yet.

“The least we deserved was the equaliser, one save decided it and I cannot be disappointed today. The performance was much more important than a win. We know we are still here, we can still play proper football.”

VVD finally beaten – the key stats

  • Manchester City have won the Community Shield for a sixth time and are the first side to retain the trophy since Arsenal in August 2015.
  • City are the first side to win the Community Shield having won both the Premier League and the FA Cup in the previous season since Arsenal in August 2002 (beating Liverpool 1-0).
  • Including penalty shootout defeats, only Manchester United and Chelsea (nine each) have ended up on the losing side on more occasions in the Community Shield final than Liverpool (seven – level with Arsenal).
  • In all competitions, Man City have won just two of their last 13 meetings with Liverpool (D4 L7), however they are unbeaten in their last three games against the Reds (W1 D2).
  • Raheem Sterling’s opener for Manchester City was his first goal against his former side Liverpool in what was his 11th appearance against them across all competitions.
  • Virgil van Dijk was dribbled past for the first time in his last 65 competitive appearances (by Gabriel Jesus) for Liverpool, since Mikel Merino did so for Newcastle in March 2018.

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