2020 FA Community Shield

The 2020 FA Community Shield (also known as The FA Community Shield supported by McDonald's for sponsorship reasons) was the 98th FA Community Shield, an annual football match played between the winners of the previous season's Premier League, Liverpool, and the previous season's FA Cup, Arsenal, with the latter winning on penalties after a 1–1 draw.[3] This was the fourth Charity Shield/Community Shield contested between the two clubs: Liverpool won in 1979 and 1989, while Arsenal were victorious in 2002.[4]

2020 FA Community Shield
Wembley Stadium in London hosted the match.
Arsenal won 5–4 on penalties
Date29 August 2020 (2020-08-29)
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchAinsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal)[1]
RefereeAndre Marriner (Birmingham)[2]
Attendance0[note 1]

The match was televised live on BT Sport 1, BT Sport Extra 1 and BT Sport Ultimate,[5] with highlights shown later on Match of the Day on BBC One.[6] Radio commentary was provided by Sam Matterface and Trevor Sinclair on Talksport.[7] The game was played behind closed doors on 29 August 2020 at Wembley Stadium and followed the Women's Community Shield match at the same venue, thus forming the first Community Shield double-header.[8][9]

Background edit

Arsenal won their 14th FA Cup title after beating Chelsea 2–1 in the final.[10]

Liverpool won their first Premier League title since the league's formation in 1992, after rivals Manchester City lost 1–2 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 25 June 2020.[11]

Match edit

Summary edit

In the 12th minute, Aubameyang put Arsenal into the lead, receiving the ball on the left he cut in and curled a left-footed shot from just inside the penalty area into the right corner of the net past the diving Alisson. Minamino made it 1-1 in the 73rd minute with a side-footed finish to the right from six yards out after the ball broke to him in the penalty area off Cedric.[12] The game went to a penalty shoot-out with Liverpool's Rhian Brewster the only player to miss his penalty when he struck the bar. Aubameyang scored the decisive final penalty for Arsenal, shooting to the right corner to win the match 5-4 on penalties.[13]

Details edit

  • Aubameyang   12'
GK 26   Emiliano Martínez
CB 16   Rob Holding
CB 23   David Luiz
CB 3   Kieran Tierney   83'
RM 2   Héctor Bellerín   58'
CM 25   Mohamed Elneny
CM 34   Granit Xhaka
LM 15   Ainsley Maitland-Niles
RW 7   Bukayo Saka   82'
CF 30   Eddie Nketiah   82'
LW 14   Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (c)
GK 1   Bernd Leno
DF 4   William Saliba
DF 17   Cédric Soares   58'
DF 31   Sead Kolašinac   83'
MF 28   Joe Willock   82'
MF 32   Emile Smith Rowe
MF 54   James Olayinka
FW 24   Reiss Nelson   82'
FW 47   Tyreece John-Jules
  Mikel Arteta
GK 1   Alisson
RB 76   Neco Williams   59'
CB 12   Joe Gomez
CB 4   Virgil van Dijk
LB 26   Andrew Robertson
CM 7   James Milner (c)   57'   59'
CM 3   Fabinho
CM 5   Georginio Wijnaldum   90+2'
RW 11   Mohamed Salah
CF 9   Roberto Firmino   83'
LW 10   Sadio Mané
GK 13   Adrián
DF 21   Kostas Tsimikas
DF 89   Billy Koumetio
MF 8   Naby Keïta   59'
MF 16   Marko Grujić
MF 17   Curtis Jones   83'
MF 67   Harvey Elliott
FW 18   Takumi Minamino   59'
FW 24   Rhian Brewster   90+2'
  Jürgen Klopp

Man of the Match:
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal)[1]

Assistant referees:[2]
Mark Scholes (Berks & Bucks)
Marc Perry (Birmingham)
Fourth official:[2]
Andrew Madley (West Riding)
Reserve assistant referee:[2]
Dan Robathan (Norfolk)
Video assistant referee:[2]
David Coote (Nottinghamshire)
Assistant video assistant referee:[2]
Dan Cook (Hampshire)

Match rules[15]

  • 90 minutes
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores level
  • Nine named substitutes, of which six may be used

Notes edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b Wilson, Amie (29 August 2020). "Arsenal fans make Ainsley Maitland-Niles transfer plea after Community Shield win vs Liverpool". Football London. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Rebecca Welch and Andre Marriner to take charge of Community Shield games at Wembley". The Football Association. 17 August 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  3. ^ "The FA Community Shield History". TheFA.com. The Football Association. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  4. ^ Ross, James (5 August 2019). "England — List of FA Charity/Community Shield Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Arsenal vs Liverpool, Community Shield 2020: What time is kick-off on Saturday, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?". The Telegraph. 27 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Community Shield Highlights". BBC. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  7. ^ Williams, Marc (26 August 2020). "Arsenal v Liverpool live stream: How to watch Community Shield final for free – kick-off time, TV channel and radio coverage". Talksport. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  9. ^ "BBC to broadcast Women's Community Shield double-header at Wembley". BBC Sport. 12 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  10. ^ McNulty, Phil (1 August 2020). "Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea - Aubameyang double secures victory". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  11. ^ Bevan, Chris (25 June 2020). "Liverpool win title as Chelsea beat Man City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool (5-4 on pens): Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secures Community Shield shootout win". Sky Sports. 29 August 2020. Retrieved 10 August 2021.
  13. ^ "Aubameyang keeps his cool as Arsenal win Community Shield on penalties". Guardian. 29 August 2020. Retrieved 10 August 2021.
  14. ^ "First double header men's and women's Community Shield to be played at Wembley". The Football Association. 12 August 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  15. ^ "Rules of the Football Association Community Shield" (PDF). TheFA.com. The Football Association. Retrieved 6 August 2017.