Arsenal beat Liverpool on penalties to win Community Shield

Arsenal won their second consecutive domestic trophy with a penalty shootout Community Shield victory over Liverpool.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winning penalty having opened the scoring for Arsenal early on before Takumi Minamino levelled things up on 73 minutes.

The Japanese international appeared from the bench and calmly slotted home after a bit of pinball in the box.

Extra-time was bypassed and Reds youngster Rhian Brewster, who was bought on with second to spare, missed the decisive spot kick with his effort smacking the bar.

The season’s curtain raiser got underway just 34 days after the season drew to a close and four weeks after Arsenal lifted the FA Cup.

Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, brought on in stoppage time, hit the crossbar with his penalty – the only one not converted in the shootout.

Aubameyang’s curling strike gave FA Cup winners Arsenal the lead in the first half before Liverpool substitute Takumi Minamino equalised after the break.

Minamino’s flicked pass to Mohamed Salah bounced back kindly for him to slot home from close range.

There was a quick VAR check for handball by Salah but the replay showed no clear contact.

It is the second year in a row Liverpool have lost on penalties after Manchester City’s victory in 2019.

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