Manchester City vs. Preston North End – Football Match Report – July 27, 2021

A fantastic free kick from Riyad Mahrez helped an impoverished Manchester City side beat Preston North End 2-0 in their first preseason friendship this summer.

Mahrez, one of only a handful of senior players available for Pep Guardiola after the European Championships and the Copa America, opened the scoring in the first half against the championship before 18-year-old Sam Edozie added a second after the break.

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Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo and Nathan Ake only returned to training on Monday but was immediately thrown back into action by Guardiola as part of a back-fire that also included Benjamin mendy.

Fernandinho and Mahrez also started at City’s Academy Stadium alongside a number of youngsters, including the exciting winger Morgan Rogers. Mahrez gave City the lead in the 25th minute with a curling free-kick from 25 yards, which was too good for Preston goalkeeper Connor Ripley.

Edozie, who substitutes at the break as Guardiola made 10 changes, doubled City’s advantage after a smooth move after 64 minutes. An otherwise pleasant evening for City was delayed late when 18-year-old goalkeeper Cieran Slicker was forced out on a stretcher after a collision with Tom Bayliss.

City are ready to play Barnsley in the CFA on Saturday after a planned trip to France to meet Troyes had to be canceled due to quarantine issues surrounding their return to the UK.

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