Wolves beat Manchester City 3-2 on penalties in the Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai to win the Asia Cup on Saturday, July 20th. Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva and Lukas Nmecha all missed their penalties, as City were defeated.
City started strongly as both Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling went close early on. They continued to dominate, and were given a penalty in the 20th minute after Leroy Sane was pulled down in the box by Adama Traore. Sterling stepped up and blasted the penalty over the bar, as the score remained goalless.
Sane fired an effort wide of the post in the 36th minute. Wolves’ first major chance came just before half-time, as Joao Moutinho fired an effort over the bar.
The second-half continued in the same fashion, as Bernardo Silva went close early on. Ruben Neves forced City’s goalkeeper Claudio Bravo into a save on the hour mark. In the 78th minute, Silva’s curling effort was saved by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
Despite dominating the game, City failed to find the decisive goal, as the match went into a penalty shootout. With the score at 2-2 in the penalties, Nmecha missed the pivotal penalty, giving Wolves the victory.
The BBC reported that Wolves captain, Conor Coady, who missed his penalty, spoke to Sky Sports and praised his side. "My penalty was rubbish, but the boys have saved us. We dug in against a fantastic team. The lads have done brilliantly well.
"There were two fantastic keepers, world class keepers. That [the missed penalties] is what happens in tough situations. To beat City at any point is a great accomplishment for us. We rode our luck at times, but I thought the young boys were outstanding."
The English champions will not be to be concerned by the defeat, as they continue their preparations for the coming Premier League season, which starts on August 9th. They will play next against Kitchee SC in a friendly in Hong Kong on Wednesday, July 24th.