Wolves win first trophy of 2019/20 season after beating Guardiola’s Manchester City

By AFP: Saturday, July 20th 2019 at 19:01 GMT +3 | Football
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. [Reuters]

Goalkeeper Rui Patricio was the hero for Wolves, saving three spot-kicks after their Asia Trophy final against Manchester City went to penalties on Saturday in Shanghai.

Wolves won the exhibition tournament 3-2 on penalties after the game against the Premier League champions ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.

It was a story of missed penalties for Pep Guardiola's City.

Raheem Sterling missed a first-half penalty for City, who dominated at a full Hongkou Stadium but were blunt in attack without Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.

Pre-season games are notoriously poor barometers for the season to come, especially when played in stifling heat like in Shanghai.

Premier League Asia Trophy - Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City - Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai, China - July 20, 2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Conor Coady and Ruben Neves lift the trophy as they celebrate winning the Premier League Asia Trophy. [Reuters]

But both sides fielded close to their full-strength sides and Guardiola and counterpart Nuno Espirito Santo will be glad to escape without any serious injuries to their squads.

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Leroy Sane, the German winger wanted by Bayern Munich, started for City and won the Sterling penalty, but otherwise had a quiet game before being substituted on the hour.

Kevin De Bruyne was Guardiola's captain for the night -- the City armband is up for grabs following the departure of talisman Vincent Kompany.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Rui Patricio saves a penalty from Manchester City's Lukas Nmecha during the shootout to win the match. [Reuters]

Sterling should have put City in the lead but instead blasted his 20th minute penalty over the bar to let Chinese-owned Wolves off the hook.

The England international forward, playing through the middle, then fluffed a golden chance from close range with only goalkeeper Patricio to beat.

In the third-fourth playoff, Newcastle United beat West Ham United 1-0 to give Steve Bruce victory in his first match as head coach.

The Premier League proper begins on August 9.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacts after the defeat. [Reuters]
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