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Leicester City Beat Manchester City To Lift The Community Shield

8 August 2021

Leicester City beat Manchester City 1-0 on Saturday night to lift the Community Shield at Wembley.

Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho scored a late penalty as last season's FA Cup winners beat the Premier League champions.

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The match looked to be heading for penalties, but Iheanacho struck from the spot into the top corner with a minute remaining after being tripped by Nathan Ake.

City's record £100m signing Jack Grealish was given his debut on 65 minutes, but he could not muster a clear-cut opportunity for a much-changed team.

Ilkay Gundogan saw an arrowed free-kick superbly tipped over the crossbar by Kasper Schmeichel and the German midfielder also blazed over a first-time effort from about 10 metres out.

Striker Jamie Vardy was bright for Leicester but could not find a way past City goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who made a marvellous reaction save to deny the Englishman.

Last night's Community Shield (formerly Charity Shield, renamed in 2002) match marked exactly 50 years since Leicester City's victory in the traditional pre-season curtain-raiser when they beat Liverpool 1-0.

Manchester City were, therefore, favourites to win the cup.

Manchester City were, however, without Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Ederson and Sterling who were some of the regulars for the Cityzens last season.

More: BBC News