Community Shield: Man City beats Liverpool on penalties
LONDON (AP) — After completing a clean sweep of domestic trophies last season, Manchester City opened the new campaign by lifting the Community Shield following a shootout victory over Liverpool...
SAO PAULO (AP) — Defending Copa America champion Chile is happy to go into its opening match on Monday against Japan with its title hopes being widely downplayed.
Bravo faces long spell out with foot injury
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is facing a lengthy spell out after rupturing a tendon in his left foot while training with Manchester City.
The Premier League champion said Bravo was hurt in a training session on Monday and will fly to Barcelona for further tests on Thursday.
Bravo, signed from Barcelona in 2016, is the backup to Ederson Moraes at City and mostly used in domestic cup competitions.
City beats Leicester in shootout to reach League Cup semis
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City kept alive its hopes of a quadruple as it beat Leicester 4-3 on penalties to reach the semifinals of the English League Cup on Tuesday.
Arsenal is also through after beating West Ham 1-0.
City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saved Riyad Mahrez's spot kick for the decisive moment following a 1-1 draw after regulation and extra time.
Jamie Vardy also missed in the shootout for Leicester.
League Cup: Man City wins shootout, Arsenal rescued by teen
Claudio Bravo was a forgotten man at Manchester City. Even the most loyal Arsenal fan probably knew little about Eddie Nketiah.
On Tuesday, both players were showered with praise after match-winning performances in the English League Cup.
Bravo, now the second-choice goalkeeper at City after an underwhelming first season at the club, made crucial saves in normal time and in the penalty shootout as Manchester City ousted Wolverhampton Wanderers in a grueling last-16 match.
Palace, beware: The Guardiola era is taking off at Man City
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Crystal Palace, beware. The Pep Guardiola era might truly have taken off at Manchester City.
For proof, check out City's opening goal against West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup in midweek.
A 52-pass move straight from the kickoff and containing at least two touches from every player — even goalkeeper Claudio Bravo — ended with Leroy Sane driving a rising shot into the net. It took 147 seconds.
LONDON (AP) — England goalkeeper Joe Hart joined West Ham on season-long loan on Tuesday after finding no way back into the Manchester City team under Pep Guardiola.
Hart was the first-choice goalkeeper as City won the Premier League in 2012 and 2014.
But one of the first decisions by Guardiola after taking charge a year ago was to send Hart on loan to Torino in Italy for the season because he believed the goalkeeper wasn't strong enough with his feet on the ball.
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Chile's biggest asset at the Confederations Cup isn't the dazzling attacking skill of Alexis Sanchez, or even Arturo Vidal's creativity.
It's down-to-earth goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who saves Chile when its hyper-aggressive pressing is no use at all — at the penalty spot.
Chile rules out Bravo for debut against Cameroon
MOSCOW (AP) — Chile has ruled out goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for its Confederations Cup debut against Cameroon.
The Chilean soccer federation said the Manchester City goalkeeper has not fully recovered from a left calf injury he sustained in late April with the English club.
The latest MRI performed on the Chile captain "showed that the left calf injury has improved, but his return to play will depend on its evolution", the federation said.
MOSCOW (AP) — Chile was held to a 1-1 draw by Russia in a friendly on Friday ahead of the Confederations Cup.
Alexis Sanchez came on as a substitute and used his first touch of the ball to send Mauricio Isla behind the Russian defense and put Chile in front in the 56th minute at CSKA Moscow's VEB Arena.
Russia responded in the 67th when center-back Viktor Vasin scored with a powerful header off Dmitry Kombarov's corner.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica sold goalkeeper Ederson Moraes to Manchester City for 40 million euros ($45 million) on Thursday, making the Brazilian the second most expensive goalkeeper of all time.
The fee has only been eclipsed by the 53 million euros that Juventus paid Parma for Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
Benfica said in a statement that half of the fee for Moraes will go to third parties, including the 23-year-old keeper's former Portuguese team, Rio Ave.
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City didn't just appoint Pep Guardiola to win trophies. City hired him to do it with the sort of style his iconic Barcelona and magnificent Bayern Munich sides did.
The Spaniard's first season in England has been far from smooth sailing with a Champions League qualification spot not yet secure, but his side's second goal during a 3-1 victory over Hull on Saturday showed why many remain so excited by his presence in the English Premier League.
Vardy ends drought with treble as Leicester beats Man City
LONDON (AP) — Jamie Vardy and Leicester embarrassed Manchester City to rediscover the look of champions.
City's defense disintegrated as Vardy's hat trick powered Leicester to a 4-2 win that delivered an emphatic response to the team's critics on Saturday in the English Premier League.
With his first treble since his days playing for Fleetwood in the fifth tier in 2012, Vardy ended a 16-game goal drought in all club competitions.
Aguero’s return: Man City star back for Barcelona rematch
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — There's no way Pep Guardiola will be leaving out Sergio Aguero this time.
Aguero was on the bench at the start of Manchester City's 4-0 loss at Barcelona in the last round of Champions League matches, leaving many to question the sense in Guardiola omitting possibly his best player for such a big match against his old club.
Bravo error highlights risk in Guardiola’s demanding style
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — With one of the world's best strikers bearing down on him, Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo had a quick decision to make as he received the ball five meters (yards) outside his penalty box.
Smash it downfield and quickly retreat to his area? Or keep possession and instigate another attack for his team?
Messi hits 3 as Barcelona beats Guardiola’s Man City
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to inflict a humbling defeat on his former mentor Pep Guardiola on Wednesday, leading Barcelona to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League.
Messi sped through City's defense and around former Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo before giving the hosts a 17th-minute lead in a Group C match that both teams finished with 10 men.
Guardiola is no match for Messi: Barcelona beats City 4-0
ROME (AP) — After all the hype about Pep Guardiola returning to face his former club, Lionel Messi made sure it was no contest.
Messi scored a hat trick to deal a humbling defeat to his former mentor on Wednesday, leading Barcelona to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League.
Messi sped through City's defense and around former Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo before giving the hosts the 17th-minute lead in a Group C match that both teams finished with 10 men.
Man City’s risk-vs-reward style paying off for Guardiola
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City's risk-versus-reward approach under Pep Guardiola was summed up in one passage of play during a Champions League match against Celtic.
With two opponents closing in, City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo coolly slid a pass between them to midfielder Fernandinho on the edge of the area. Pressured by two more hounding Celtic players, Fernandinho produced a Cruyff turn to create space for himself and burst upfield.
Man City beats Man United 2-1, Guardiola tops Mourinho
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Pep Guardiola got the better of old rival Jose Mourinho as Manchester City used a fast start to beat Manchester United 2-1 in an early-season clash of the Premier League title favorites on Saturday.
Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho set each other up for goals in the first 36 minutes, during which Guardiola's City team gave a footballing clinic in passing and movement at Old Trafford.