The Community Shield took a while to come to life, but eventually, in the dying minutes, Leicester City earned a crucial penalty and Kelechi Iheanacho won another piece of silver for his side. For Manchester City, this game will be remembered mainly as a game that saw the debut of Jack Grealish and not much else as most of the team’s top power stars did not start the game. game as they recover from a grueling summer. That, however, will do little to dampen the fun for Leicester City, a side which, despite the odds, continue to excel.
It was a sleepy affair for both sides, especially in the first half, as Leicester played relatively conservatively while a Manchester City side, which included a number of youngsters and second strings, were unable to make a big dent in the Brendan Rodgers installation defense. In fact, City’s only real chance in the first half came from a Leicester corner which led to a counterattack at the feet of Riyad Mahrez. He managed to line up Leicester’s defense in the box and cut his left foot, but his shot was deflected over the bar.
The best chance for Leicester City came just before the end of the first half. Harvey Barnes and James Maddison worked the ball off the left before finding a ball in front of goal to Jamie Vardy’s feet eight yards away. Vardy executed a cool finish, fending off the ball from right to left against the momentum of goalkeeper Zach Steffen. Steffen, however, managed to stop his momentum and throw his legs enough to deflect the ball over the post.
The second half was about the same until the last minutes. The greatest excitement was brought by new Manchester City signing Jack Grealish simply stepping onto the pitch. There was a great chance for City, against an attacking free kick from Leicester when Ricardo Periera stepped up and returned the ball as the last line of defense leading Mahrez to have a relatively free run of 40 yards to the goal that Wilfried Ndidi has eventually recovered on just enough to force Mahrez to explode.
But in the 85th minute, as if neither team wanted to bother with penalties, things picked up. Perhaps he was coached by a series of new legs, Brendan Rodgers made the rare quadruple substitution in the 71st minute, with Leicester increasing the pressure. First, it was a pass from substitute Marc Albrighton to his compatriot speedster Patson Daka that Steffen had to jump off his line to foil, but a few minutes later, at match time.
Nathan Ake lingered on the ball in defense and Kelechi Iheanacho jumped up, forcing a sloppy turnover and jumping through the defender to pick up the ball. Iheanacho knocked him down, resulting in the penalty whistle (although after Leicester were cleared to play the advantage, which led to another solid save from Steffen). Kelechi stepped in and won the match on his side.