A shocking free kick from Riyad Mahrez helped a depleted Manchester Metropolis facet beat Preston North Finish 2-0 of their first preseason pleasant of the summer time.
Mahrez, considered one of solely a handful of senior gamers accessible to Pep Guardiola following the European Championships and the Copa America, opened the scoring within the first half towards the Championship facet earlier than 18-year-old Sam Edozie added a second after the break.
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Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo and Nathan Ake solely returned to coaching on Monday, however had been instantly thrown again into motion by Guardiola as a part of a again 4 which additionally included Benjamin Mendy.
Fernandinho and Mahrez additionally began at Metropolis’s academy stadium alongside a bunch of kids together with thrilling winger Morgan Rogers. Mahrez gave Metropolis the lead within the twenty fifth minute with a curling free-kick from 25 yards which was too good for Preston goalkeeper Connor Ripley.
Edozie, on as an alternative at half-time as Guardiola made 10 modifications, doubled Metropolis’s benefit after a slick transfer after 64 minutes. An in any other case comfy night for Metropolis was soured late on when 18-year-old goalkeeper Cieran Slicker was pressured off on a stretcher after a collision with Tom Bayliss.
Metropolis are set to play Barnsley on the CFA on Saturday after a deliberate journey to France to face Troyes needed to be cancelled due to quarantine points surrounding their return to the UK.