Football: Manchester City beats Chelsea 2-0 to win English Community Shield

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

On Sunday, defending English Premier 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.

File photo of Sergio Agüero.
Image: Дмитрий Голубович. (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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.

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."

August 5, 2018
Chelsea FC 0–2 Manchester City Wembley Stadium, London, England
Referee: Jonathan Moss (England)
Callum Hudson-Odoi Substituted off after 59 minutes 59'
Willian Substituted on after 59 minutes 59'
Cesc Fàbregas Substituted off after 60 minutes 60'
Daniel Drinkwater Substituted on after 60 minutes 60'
Álvaro Morata Substituted off after 69 minutes 69'
Tammy Abraham Substituted on after 69 minutes 69'
Pedro Substituted off after 79 minutes 79'
Victor Moses Substituted on after 79 minutes 79'
0–1 (HT) Sergio Agüero Scored after 13 minutes 13'
Sergio Agüero Scored after 58 minutes 58'
Leroy Sané Substituted off after 45 minutes 45'
Ilkay Gündogan Substituted on after 45 minutes 45'
Riyad Mahrez Substituted off after 68 minutes 68'
Gabriel Jesus Substituted on after 68 minutes 68'
Phil Foden Substituted off after 76 minutes 76'
Brahim Diaz Substituted on after 76 minutes 76'
Sergio Agüero Substituted off after 80 minutes 80'
Vincent Kompany Substituted on after 80 minutes 80'
Aymeric Laporte Substituted off after 87 minutes 87'
Nicolás Otamendi Substituted on after 87 minutes 87'
John Stones Substituted off after 90+5 minutes 90+5'
Claudio Gomes Substituted on after 90+5 minutes 90+5'