Arsenal Beat Liverpool On Penalties To Win 2020 Community Shield
Arsenal beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties to win the Community Shield after the game finished 1-1 on Saturday.
Liverpool in the opening minutes of the game enjoyed 60% of the possession, but it was Arsenal who found the back of the net first through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on 12 minutes.
The ball was carried up the pitch by Bukayo Saka who passed it to Aubameyang for a driving run down the left. Given time and space by the Liverpool defence, the Gabon international curled a perfect strike into the bottom right corner.
Aubameyang celebrated his goal with the iconic Black Panther salute in honour of the actor Chadwick Boseman who died from cancer on Friday.
Liverpool dominated towards the end of the half but failed to find the net with several shots skewing wide or over the bar of Emiliano Martinez‘s goal.
Roberto Firmino, who has eight goals in 10 matches against Arsenal, almost replicated Aubameyang’s first-half goal on 51 minutes but saw his effort fall right and wide.
It was Sadio Mane‘s turn minutes later when he pulled ahead of Rob Holding and forced Martinez out of his goal.
Brave goalkeeping from Martinez saw the ball smothered and another chance snuffed out for Liverpool.
Liverpool’s tenacity paid off when the ball broke to substitute Minamino who scored his first goal for Liverpool on 73 minutes.
Arsenal protests for a handball off Mohamed Salah fell on deaf ears and several VAR replays showed no obvious signs of foul play.
Once regulation time was over with the game tied at 1-1 both teams went straight into penalties.
Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster, who Jurgen Klopp sent on for Georginio Wijnaldum after 92 minutes, was the only player to miss a penalty with his effort hitting the crossbar.
It is the second year in a row Liverpool have lost on penalties after Manchester City’s victory in 2019.