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Welcome to Nigerianeye's live text coverage of the Community Shield clash between Manchester City and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.


The English champions are looking to push on from a record-breaking campaign last time out, as they take on a Blues side embarking on a new chapter under Maurizio Sarri.

City last won this curtain-raising fixture six years ago when beating today's opponents at Villa Park, while FA Cup holders Chelsea's most recent success was in 2009.

Follow all of the action as it unfolds with our extensive updates below.

OFFICIAL LINE-UPS

MANCHESTER CITY: Bravo; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy; Fernandinho, Foden, Bernardo; Mahrez, Sane, Aguero

SUBS: Ederson, Kompany, Gundogan, Otamendi, Jesus, Diaz, Gomes

CHELSEA: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Fabregas, Barkley; Pedro, Morata, Hudson-Odoi

SUBS: Bulka, Christensen, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Moses, Willian, Abraham


















Manchester City win their first silverware of the 2018-19 campaign thanks to a straightforward and convincing 2-0 win over FA Cup holders Chelsea. Three months after lifting the Premier League title, the Citizens soon found their groove and got the job done through a couple of Sergio Aguero goals. Thanks for joining our live coverage of the match!


MANCHESTER CITY WIN 2018 COMMUNITY SHIELD!

90+4 min MANCHESTER CITY 2-0 CHELSEA

90+2 min Into the second of four added-on minutes at Wembley Stadium. This has been a great way for City to ease their way back into action, although from Chelsea's point of view they have been extremely disappointing. Plenty for Sarri to work on.

90 min City, who now have Nicolas Otamendi at centre-back in place of Aymeric Laporte, are just a couple of minutes away from adding more silverware to their collection. Otamendi clears up at the back when the ball popped up awkwardly in the box.

88 min A powerful shot on target from Gabriel Jesus, but once again it is too close to Willy Caballero and the keeper made the stop. Victor Moses with a chance to slip in Tammy Abraham at the other end, but Vincent Kompany produced a big tackle.

86 min Brahim Diaz has looked very lively since coming on, really getting at the tired Chelsea backline. A decent shot down low at the end of this attacking move, too, which Willy Caballero was able to keep out. City closing in on a third goal.

84 min A Chelsea goal really would make things interesting, but they have offered next to little to suggest that they have one in them - never mind the two required to extend this game by a further 30 minutes. City with 56% of possession in the second half.

82 min Brilliant play from highly-rated youngster Brahim Diaz, who skipped past Marcos Alonso and blasted the ball into the side-netting - half of Wembley thought it was in. Sergio Aguero has now been placed, with Vincent Kompany on. Victor Moses also takes over from Pedro.

80 min We are now into the final 10 minutes of the Community Shield, and there is no real sign of the scoreline changing. The chances have dried up over the past 15 minutes or so, with Man City looking very comfortable.

78 min MANCHESTER CITY SUB! Phil Foden is the latest Man City player to pick up a knock. The Englishman carries on for a minute or so before being replaced by fellow youngster Brahim Diaz, who has been used throughout pre-season.

76 min Phil Foden ghosts in around the back post to meet a deep free kick with his head, but David Luiz read it well and cleared the ball for a corner once it arrived in the middle. From the set piece, the ball is worked to Sergio Aguero and his volley is hit right at Caballero.

74 min Chelsea also made a change during that drinks break, with Tammy Abraham on for Alvaro Morata. Another disappointing afternoon for the Spaniard, who had very little to feed off. Two changes made by City, three by the Blues.

72 min MANCHESTER CITY SUB! Gabriel Jesus is brought on for his first appearance of pre-season. Rather than taking off two-goal Sergio Aguero, though, Guardiola instead brings off debutant Riyad Mahrez. A short stoppage now for a drinks break.

70 min Riyad Mahrez takes the shot on from 20 yards, sending the ball a few inches wide of its intended target. Man City are cruising towards the finish line here, sitting comfortably on a two-goal lead with 20 minutes left to play.

68 min A little over 20 minutes to play at Wembley and Chelsea are in desperate need of a goal. Pedro gets a weak shot away, which crawled wide of the target. Good play from Willian prior to that shot on the Brazilian's first outing of the summer.

66 min The Man City fans making plenty of noise in the stands now, having seen their side pick up from where they left off last season. Chelsea have lacked rhythm pretty much through and look a fair way short of the levels shown by their opponents.

64 min Six changes available to both managers today, which both will surely take advantage of. Guardiola has made just the one alteration so far, bringing on Gundogan for Sane at the interval due to a knock picked up by the German.

62 min CHELSEA SUBS! Callum Hudson-Odoi has had one of his quieter games this summer and is replaced by Willian, while Danny Drinkwater is on for Cesc Fabregas. Those changes have come five minutes too late.

60 min Sergio Aguero has a second, Manchester City have a second, and that could well be game over. Once again the Citizens have plenty of space to operate in, with Bernardo Silva biding his time before slipping the ball through for Aguero to tuck past Willy Caballero.

59 min GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY 2-0 CHELSEA (SERGIO AGUERO)

58 min Chelsea still lacking any real urgency as we approach the hour mark at Wembley. They need to be a lot more direct, with a different option up top not going amiss! Chelsea win a corner, which Claudio Bravo punches well clear.

56 min That potentially killer second goal for City looks as though it will arrive sooner rather than later. Sarri must surely be looking at the options available to him because the Citizens are well on top and creating some good chances.

54 min SAVE!  Chelsea's high line is being well and truly exposed by Aguero early in this second half. Another shot on target for the Citizens, this time from youngster Phil Foden. It lacked precision and Willy Caballero made a pretty straightforward stop.

52 min CHANCE!  Sergio Aguero wasted a glorious opportunity to double Man City's lead. The club's record goalscorer was played clean through and rounded compatriot Caballero, but after doing the hard work his could not squeeze the ball in, instead finding the side-netting.

50 min Willian has been sent to warm up by Sarri, meaning that we could see a change before the hour mark - for Pedro or otherwise. Guardiola has plenty of options of his own, including returning Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus.

48 min SHOT!  Chelsea lose possession through Jorginho - not the first time today, it must be said - but Aguero could only drag his shot wide of goal after charging 20 yards forward. The Blues need to get the ball to their forward players more often.

46 min KICKOFF:  We are back up and running at Wembley Stadium, where Pep Guardiola has made a half-time change. Ilkay Gundogan is on for Leroy Sane, who is believed to have picked up a knock in the opening 45 minutes. Chelsea chasing a goal in this second half.

Almost another horror moment from Claudio Bravo at the end of the first half, as he allowed the ball to bounce over his head before running back to gather. Manchester City take a 1-0 lead into the half-time interval thanks to Sergio Aguero's goal 16 minutes in.

45+2 min MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 CHELSEA

45 min Good trickery from Riyad Mahrez to go inside his man and then outside, but the intended cross clipped Marcos Alonso and was gathered by former Man City keeper Willy Caballero. Two additional minutes to be played at the end of the first half.

45 min Good trickery from Riyad Mahrez to go inside his man and then outside, but the intended cross clipped Marcos Alonso and was gathered by former Man City keeper Willy Caballero. Two additional minutes to be played at the end of the first half.

45 min Good trickery from Riyad Mahrez to go inside his man and then outside, but the intended cross clipped Marcos Alonso and was gathered by former Man City keeper Willy Caballero. Two additional minutes to be played at the end of the first half.

45 min Good trickery from Riyad Mahrez to go inside his man and then outside, but the intended cross clipped Marcos Alonso and was gathered by former Man City keeper Willy Caballero. Two additional minutes to be played at the end of the first half.

43 min Pedro is carrying on knock, so we may see Drinkwater come on at the break if Sarri is considering changing things around. If not, Willian is more of a direct replacement in the wide position. Chelsea continuing to probe away in the closing stages of the half.

41 min Interestingly, Sarri is giving instructions to Danny Drinkwater in the Chelsea dugout so we could be about to see our first change. Chelsea have grown into the match, though, edging things in terms of possession and shots over the last 10 minutes.

39 min A poor touch from Riyad Mahrez in the Chelsea box prevents him from getting a shot away. No real flow to the match in this first half, with Man City starting brightly but fading since opening the scoring through Sergio Aguero.

37 min Chelsea are growing in confidence now. Callum Hudson-Odoi, two minutes after curling an effort wide, gets a slightly better attempt on target that Claudio Bravo could only parry. Thankfully for the City stopper it was cleared away for him.

35 min Callum Hudson-Odoi joins Alvaro Morata in curling a shot wide of the target and into the stands. Still, at least the Blues are now managing to get shots away now. A more evenly-contested match over the last 10 or 15 minutes.

33 min The match has become very sloppy over the past five minutes or so, not helped by that drinks break - although it's understandable why the short stoppage has been introduced today. Chelsea still struggling to do anything with the ball in the final third.

31 min Morata's attempted curler into the top corner is poor, sending the ball well wide of the target to signal the first drinks break of the afternoon. That was Chelsea's first attempt - blocked, wide, on target or otherwise - of the contest.

29 min A very disjointed display from Chelsea at Wembley, in stark contrast to the opening 30 minutes against Arsenal in midweek. Man City have taken their foot off the gas since edging in front, yet they are still the side that are looking the more dangerous.

27 min More sloppy play from Chelsea, this time from Jorginho who was caught in possession. The ball was slipped through for Leroy Sane, who could not get it under control. Willy Caballero raced out to collect before the shot arrived.

25 min We have not seen enough of Hudson-Odoi, Morata or Pedro in the opening half an hour. Chelsea are starting to see more and more of the ball, however, with Man City now backing off just a little. City lead through Aguero's strike 13 minutes in.

23 min Six goal attempts for City so far, two of which have been on target. Chelsea, on the other hand, have yet to get in a single effort of any sort. New boss Sarri will not be all that pleased with that he has seen from his side.

21 min All very straightforward for City as some sloppy play from their opponents, failing to deal with a simple pass, allows goalscorer Aguero to get a shot on target. This was far more simple for Willy Caballero to deal with down the middle.

19 min Walker steers the ball behind for a Chelsea corner - a good choice, as he had Hudson-Odoi lingering behind him. The Citizens deal with the first set piece, and from the second a minute or so later it was glanced clear.

17 min City have been the team in control of the ball in the opening quarter of the match and they now have a nearly lead to show for it. Chelsea backed off far too much for that breakthrough goal, with Foden doing the hard work and Aguero finishing impressively past his compatriot.

15 min Two hundred goals in a Manchester City short for Sergio Aguero! Phil Foden, the most inexperienced of the Citizens' starters, carried the ball forward and laid it off for his teammate, who picked his spot in the bottom corner from just inside the box.

14 min MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 CHELSEA (SERGIO AGUERO)

13 min Jorginho is seeing plenty of the ball in midfield, but Chelsea are struggling to get into the final third of the field. Plenty of closing down from both sides, which will surely take its toll in these difficult London conditions.

11 min Man City have looked the brighter team early on at Wembley. Bernardo Silva's cross was dangerous but not pounced on by Aguero or Mahrez, while a Leroy Sane shot from 20 yards ended wide of the target in the best of the early openings.

9 min Hudson-Odoi, very impressive this summer, has his first chance to run at the City defence. Rather than go at Walker, who is no doubt a little stale, the youngster instead went central and lost the ball. Chelsea yet to find any real rhythm here.

7 min Good play from Bernardo Silva, who performed well against Bayern Munich last week, as he gets towards the byline and clips the ball into the middle. Sergio Aguero and Riyad Mahrez were waiting, but neither could get on the end of it.

5 min A sloppy pass from Pedro nearly let Man City in, but Antonio Rudiger did well to bail out his teammate. Surprised to see the Citizens take control of proceedings early on at a humid Wembley Stadium.

3 min Chelsea are the more settled of the two sides, with Sarri being pretty consistent with his starting lineups during pre-season. Man City looking the brighter early on, though, as Leroy Sane brings the ball forward and scuffs one wide of goal.

1 min FA Cup holders Chelsea, victorious here against Manchester United a little over two months ago, gets us up and running against Premier League winners Manchester City in the 2018 Community Shield. Jonathan Moss is the referee, and VAR is in use this afternoon.

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