Manchester City claimed the first piece of silverware of the new season with a win over Liverpool in the Community Shield on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s side beat the Reds 5-4 on penalties after the gripping encounter finished 1-1 after 90 minutes at Wembley.
In addition to seeing the Premier League champions get the better of last year’s runners-up once again, the game also star defender Virgil van Dijk dribbled past for the first time in 65 competitive matches.
The 27-year-old went the entire 2018/2019 without being beaten by an opposing attacker, with stars such as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Eden Hazard and Cristiano Ronaldo among the many players who failed to get the better of the Dutch international.
However, that impressive streak came to an end on Sunday after the centre-back was rounded by Gabriel Jesus, who replaced Leroy Sane in the first half and went on to convert the decisive penalty in the shootout.
The Brazilian became the first man to get past Van Dijk in a competitive match since Mikel Merino achieved the same feat while playing for Newcastle in March 2018.
Despite seeing his record come to an end, the Dutchman still impressed but was ultimately unable to help Jurgen Klopp’s side to victory.
City dominated the first half and took an early lead after Liverpool failed to clear with a set-piece, allowing Raheem Sterling to open the scoring against his former club.
However, Klopp’s men showed great improvement in the second-half and were able to get back on level terms when substitute Joel Matip headed a Van Dijk cross past Claudio Bravo.
The Merseyside club came close to winning it right at the end, but Kyle Walker produced a stunning goal-line clearance to deny Mohamed Salah and send the game to penalties.
After seeing Georginio Wijnaldum miss Liverpool’s second spot-kick, substitute Jesus stepped up to convert the decisive penalty to ensure City took home the trophy.