And the winner is… Darwin Nunez! Fans say the Uruguayan won the battle of the strikers with Erling Haaland – netting in the Community Shield win while the Man City man had ‘one of the misses of the season’
- Darwin Nunez scored for Liverpool in their Community Shield victory
- The £85 million striker got the better of Manchester City’s Erling Haaland
- City’s £50m forward missed a sitter towards the end of their defeat on Saturday
- Fans have been comparing their first competitive games for their respective clubs
Darwin Nunez got the better of Erling Haaland as Liverpool lifted the Community Shield following their 3-1 victory over Manchester City.
All eyes were on the multi-million pound strikers going into their first match against each other, in a taster of what is to come in the Premier League season which kicks off next weekend.
Although Nunez started on the bench, fans say it was the Liverpool man who got the better of Manchester City’s Norwegian superstar at the King Power Stadium.
Haaland missed a sitter late in the game, and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher predicted that the Norwegian would have ‘banter compilations’ created about his performance – similar to that which Nunez has had during pre-season.
Darwin Nunez scored as he won his first piece of silverware for Liverpool after their Community Shield victory over Manchester City
It was disappointment for Erling Haaland even though he missed a late sitter in the match
Carragher tweeted: ‘The Haaland banter compilations will be everywhere this week after that miss, just like Nunez last week. From clowns who have never kicked a ball in their life.’
Nunez won the penalty for Mohamed Salah to give Liverpool the lead for the second time in the match, before sealing the victory with his first competitive goal for the Reds.
Haaland had his chances to score in the match, including a gilt-edged chance going into stoppage time.
Phil Foden’s fierce strike from the edge of the box was tipped into the path of Haaland by Adrian who looked like he had an easy chance to get a consolation goal – only to sky his shot over the bar.
Football supporters on social media have handed ‘Round 1’ to Nunez in their first match against each other since their respective moves this summer
On social media, fans hailed that the outcome of the match meant that ‘Round 1’ had gone over to Nunez, as both players look to fire their sides to glory domestically and in Europe this season.
Nunez has received some criticism going into the Community Shield by opposition fans, for missing his own clear chances in pre-season for the Reds.
A Liverpool fan tweeted: ‘Nunez truly deserved that goal for all the abuse he’s been getting for literally pre season games.’
Another person commented: ‘The City fans who were making those Nunez miss compilations are going to be very quiet tonight.’
Nunez had received criticism for missing chances during Liverpool’s pre-season games
Nunez’s goal didn’t completely end all criticism of him as @99reyRex tweeted: ‘That Nunez fella wasted about 4 clear chances before finally scoring but they’ll make it seem like he had a masterclass’.
There are big expectations of his opposition number Haaland this season, although his miss towards the end of the clash against Liverpool has been described as ‘one of the misses of the season’.
One Twitter account wrote: ‘Erling Haaland with one of, if not the worst misses you’ll see all season.’
Another asked how they would ‘explain’ Haaland’s miss to their kids, while another Twitter user wrote: ‘That Haaland miss was one of the worst ones I’ve seen.’
Some social media users described Haaland’s miss as ‘one of the worst you’ll see this season’
Liverpool took the lead in the Community Shield through Trent Alexander-Arnold – before City’s second new striker Julian Alvarez equalized from close range.
Nunez won the penalty after a handball by a City defender, which allowed Salah to give Liverpool the lead.
The Uruguayan striker scored Liverpool’s third and will be hoping to carry his momentum into the start of the season next weekend.