Darwin Nunez scored in a thrilling match between Liverpool and Manchester City to enable the Reds to win 3-1 and take home the Community Shield. Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz were particularly brilliant early on and came close to opening the scoring for the Reds as they pressed hard and in large numbers.
There were chances for City as well, with Kevin De Bruyne coming close following a sloppy clearance from Adrian, who thankfully improved as Alisson’s replacement. Trent Alexander-Arnold scored Liverpool’s first goal in just 21 minutes thanks to a Nathan Ake deflection after a wonderful flowing play broke past the deep-seated City defense.
In the opening 35 minutes, Erling Haaland only got three touches off the ball, but the Norwegian did have opportunities late on, but was twice denied by Adrian—once by saves and once by flubs in the six-yard box. At halftime, neither team made any substitutions, and it showed in the game’s slower tempo for the first 15 minutes, even though Liverpool continued to dominate much of the action.
When Jurgen Klopp substituted Darwin Nunez for the excellent Roberto Firmino, Pep Guardiola was the first to turn to his bench with the entrance of Phil Foden and Julian Alvarez. After five minutes on the field, the No. 27 was already busy and may have had a chance to make it 2-0 when he first won the ball and then sprinted onto Jordan Henderson’s pass, but he lost out in a one-on-one match with Ederson.
When Julian Alvarez avoided the offside flag to make it 1-1, City then equalized in peculiar circumstances, with VAR appearing to overlook the fact that Adrian had two hands on the ball before being challenged. Salah scored to secure the Community Shield with less than 10 minutes remaining after Nunez’s header hit Ruben Dias’ arm and was reviewed by VAR for an absurdly lengthy time.
However, Nunez still had time to score with a spectacular header in the six-yard area to make it 3-1 in the fourth minute of stoppage time.