Leicester beat Man City 1-0 to win the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday, with Kelechi Iheanacho snatching the headlines away from Jack Grealish.
City’s new big-money signing made his debut as a substitute, but it was their old man Iheanacho whose late winner settled the match.
There were no goals in the first half despite a few decent chances testing both keepers. Ilkay Gundogan forced a good save out of Kasper Schmeichel with a well-struck free-kick inside ten minutes.
Leicester then showed their creativity with James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy working well together, but failing to find the net.
City manager Pep Guardiola received a yellow card not long before half time as he expressed his displeasure to the fourth official after a free-kick was given to Leicester for the aerial challenge between Cole Palmer and Ryan Bertrand.
And in the last dramatic action of the first half, Jamie Vardy got on the end of a pass inside the area and fired towards goal with his effort turned onto the post by Zack Steffen.
With no breakthrough at the start of the second half, Grealish came on for his debut. City’s new £100million man received a huge roar from his new supporters as he joined the action.
They did not have much more to cheer about though as Leicester were awarded a penalty with four minutes remaining.
Nathan Ake was robbed of the ball by Kelechi Iheanacho and brought him down inside the area. Iheanacho stepped up himself and blasted the penalty past Steffen to win the game.
Brendan Rodgers, the manager who ended Leicester’s 137-year wait for the FA Cup last season, was pleased by several aspects of his side’s performance in the showpiece event at the national stadium – pointing to the impact it could have on the players’ mentality.
“It was a really good game,” the Northern Irishman told LCFC TV at full-time in the capital. “Obviously, both teams are here on merit after winning their competitions. It was a really good game. I was pleased with the fitness level of the team.
“It’s a great stadium to come and play in, but it can tire your legs out, especially when there’s something to play for, but the players were superb. The spirit was really good and some of the quality of the football was excellent at times.
“It’s very important [to win]. I grew up watching the Charity Shield. It’s the winners of the league and the cup, so to come here, it’s another step for the mentality of the team and we’re delighted with the victory.”