Manchester City beats Chelsea 2-0

On Sunday, defending EnglishPremier League winners Manchester City defeated London-based football club Chelsea FC 2–0 at the Wembley Stadium to win the 2018 Community Shield. Sergio Agüero scored one...

9 months ago

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On Sunday, defending EnglishPremier League winners Manchester City defeated London-based football club Chelsea FC 2–0 at the Wembley Stadium to win the 2018 Community Shield. Sergio Agüero scored one goal in each half as Manchester City added another trophy to their collection.


Manchester City had greater ball possession in the match. In the first ten minutes of the first half, Agüero, Leroy Sané and Riyad Mahrez, who was playing his first match for Manchester City, attempted to open the scoring. In the 11th minute, Chelsea's forward Pedro was caught offside as his Spanish compatriot Cesc Fàbregas attempted a through ball. In the 13th minute, Agüero scored the opener from Phil Foden's  assist, giving Manchester City an early lead. It was Agüero's 200th  goal for Man City, making him the first player in the club's history to  score 200 goals. He tried to double the lead in the 18th minute, but his  shot was saved by Chelsea's goalkeeper Willy Caballero. Álvaro Morata missed a chance in the 25th minute to equalise. After the half-hour mark, Callum Hudson-Odoi tried to level up for Chelsea but was saved by Man City's shot-stopper Claudio Bravo. The first half ended with Man City leading 1–0.

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At the beginning of the second half, Leroy Sané was substituted off and he was replaced by his national teammate Ilkay Gündogan.  Agüero, in the 50th minute, dribbled past Caballero but his shot missed  the target and hit the side netting. A couple of minutes later, Foden's  shot was saved by Caballero. In the 58th minute, Agüero scored the  second goal of the match, from Bernardo Silva's assist. Chelsea made a double substitution after the second goal as Willian and Dani Drinkwater came on for Hudson-Odoi and Fàbregas. In the 68th minute, Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus, who recently added a two-year term to his contract, came on for Mahrez. Agüero was replaced with defender Vincent Kompany in the 80th minute. The task was done, for Chelsea could not get the  ball in Man City's net as the Premier League winners won the match 2–0.

After the match, Chelsea's manager Maurizio Sarri said:

The performance was not bad in the first half but in the second half  there was a big difference from a physical point of view, so we have to  work [...] I am worried about the defensive phase — not the defenders.  We have to improve, especially on the other half.

Source: WikiNews.

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