Jack Grealish made his Manchester City debut from the bench on Sunday in a Community Shield match against Leicester City. Nonetheless, as our football prediction earlier said they would, Leicester City won the Community Shield 1-0 over Manchester City.
Jack Grealish was among the City substitutes to play at Wembley Stadium just two days after his football transfer to City.
He became the most expensive British player after joining City from Aston Villa for £100 million (transfer news football).
With 65 minutes gone, the England attacker entered the fray but he was unable to help City break the deadlock.
However, it was another substitute, playing for the other side, Kelechi Iheanacho, who helped Leicester City win the Community Shield.
A former Manchester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho helped Leicester City win their second Community Shield. They won this title 50 years to the day after they won their first.
A penalty two minutes from end time was what sealed a 1-0 victory for Leicester.
This game was to be the first club match having a full house at the stadium since the pandemic began.
However, Wembley was only about two-thirds full, with many fans, particularly from Manchester, staying away.
Watch the live football highlights from this match at Wembley Stadium just before the start of the Premier League.
We had warned readers, in our prediction, that many of the established Manchester City stars were out due to injury.
That, or stars returning late from summer activities, meant that newest inbound player Jack Grealish was waiting in the wings.
Thus, Pep Guardiola named an unfamiliar side and gave teenagers Sam Edozie and Cole Palmer a big chance to impress.
On the other hand, Harvey Barnes returned to Leicester after a knee injury ended his season in February.
And this was for Leicester’s benefit because he quickly unnerved the City defense with his quick, direct running.
Match Report – Leicester City Won the Community Shield 1-0 over Manchester City
But it was City’s captain, Ilkay Gundogan, who forced Kasper Schmeichel into a finger-tip save with a curling, dipping free-kick.
Before Leicester came even closer to opening the scoring in the 24th minute, Barnes had attempted a low shot. But stand-in City keeper Zack Steffen deftly tipped it wide.
Barnes’ shot crossed into the path of Jamie Vardy, whose first-time effort struck Steffen at point-blank range and sailed clear.
Edozie, the 18-year-old winger who scored three times in pre-season, squandered a big chance after Gundogan played him in. This effort only ended in his shanking his shot wide.
With Guardiola on the touchline, Joao Cancelo dragged a shot across goal and Gundogan curled it over.
Subsequently, Vardy had the first half’s best chance in stoppage time. The former England striker guided a ball across the six-yard box towards goal.
However, goalkeeper Steffen threw out a hand and turned the incoming ball onto the far post.
After halftime, Riyad Mahrez, booed by his former club’s fans, lifted a free-kick over and Gundogan drove too high. So, in the second half, City gradually took control of the game.
When Leicester lost possession at a corner, Manchester City should have taken the lead. Mahrez ran the length of their half, only to slice wide, instead.
Grealish made his debut to much acclaim. But it was Leicester’s skillful left-winger Barnes who came close to scoring with a curling effort that was narrowly wide.
With 20 minutes remaining, Leicester responded by bringing on two of their summer signings, substitutes Patson Daka and Boubakary Soumare.
Steffen, who bravely dived at Daka’s feet on the box’s edge, denied an attempt from the RB Salzburg’s Zambian striker.
Leicester, however, did not suffer such denial for much longer. And indeed, their winning goal came when Nathan Ake clumsily brought down Iheanacho in the area.
Consequently, the striker beat Steffen and scored the only, and the winning, goal to send Leicester fans wild with celebration.
Leicester 1 – 0 Manchester City
Bookings: Bertrand; Guardiola, Dias, Fernandinho
Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey, Soyuncu, Ndidi, Bertrand, Tielemans, Maddison, Pereira, Vardy, Perez
Substitutions: Iheanacho, Thomas, Dewsbury-Hall, Albrighton, Soumare, Daka
Manchester City: Steffen, Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Mendy, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Palmer, Mahrez, Torres, Edozie
Substitutions: Grealish, Rodri, Silva, Knight