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Manchester City left it late to claim the Community Shield on penalties after shooting down Liverpool in a highly competitive encounter at Wembley.

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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.

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

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.

Photo: Krmg.com

By Olukayode Oniwinde

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