Man City vs. Chelsea: Community Shield Match Live Score, Highlights, Stats
The Citizens got off to a promising start and controlled possession for large periods of the first half. Despite this it was Fernando Torres who opened the scoring.
The Euro 2012 Golden Boot winner looked lively throughout the encounter at Villa Park and was quick to pounce on a delivery from Ramires following a poor Vincent Kompany clearance.
Moments later Torres was causing problems again, this time beating Stefan Savic for pace before the two came together. Referee Kevin Friend deemed to coming together to be a foul on Torres’ part, but replays suggest that Savic was obstructing the ball.
Had the referee interpreted things differently, Savic might have picked up a second yellow.
In an ironic twist Chelsea found themselves reduced to 10 men in the following Manchester City attack. A two footed tackle from Branislav Ivanovic was deemed to be reckless by the referee and the Serbian was given his marching orders.
The remaining six minutes became increasingly heated but Chelsea held onto their lead until half time.
Di Matteo’s men started the second half in promising fashion. Instead of parking the proverbial bus on the goal line they continued to attack the Manchester City goal with Fernando Torres proving himself to be a persistent nuisance.
After 56 minutes however City equalised. A poor clearance from John Terry found the feet of Yaya Toure who calmly dispatched the ball past Petr Cech from range.
Shortly after Tevez joined the party. The marauding Argentine crusaded past Terry and David Luiz before launching a piledriver past Petr Cech.
2-1 to Manchester City and they continued the onslaught. Aleksandar Kolarov effortlessly took the ball past Ramires to give Samir Nasri the easiest of finishes.
Substitutes Daniel Sturridge and Ryan Bertrand added a new attacking dimension to Chelsea’s game. A Sturridge shot from range was spilled by Costel Pantillimon. Ryan Bertrand was lighting fast to the rebound and buried the ball into the net.
Unfortunately, for Chelsea, the goal was too little too late and Manchester City held on to claim their first silverware of the season.
A fantastic encounter overall that bodes well for the upcoming Premier League season.
Full time. Chelsea 2 - 3 Manchester City
88' Sergio Aguero misses a sitter after Milner does all the hard work. The Argentine had the goal at his mercy and put it three yards wide.
Chelsea 2 - 3 Manchester City
Goal for Chelsea
The two substitutes combine to force a mistake from Costel Pantillimon. A shot from range by Daniel Sturridge is spilled and Ryan Bertrand is quick to pounce on it.
The 'keeper isn't happy with the youngster, and the two square up to one another and earn yellow cards. Great speed by Bertrand to get there. Good goal.
77' Lampard fouls Milner close to the right corner flag. That's the second mistimed tackle he's made on Milner, who he'll meet up with on England duty tonight. If Lampard hadn't been booked earlier, that was a definite yellow. If this wasn't a friendly, he'd be off.
76' Substitution for Manchester City
Samir Nasri makes way for David Silva, who is greeted by a rapturous applause.
Juan Mata makes way for Daniel Sturridge
Eden Hazard makes way for Ryan Bertrand
Chelsea are being cut apart now. It's all too easy for City. Fantastic delivery by Kolarov who finds Nasri in acres of space in the penalty box. All too easy and it's 3-1.
Seconds later a James Milner cross almost forces an own goal from Ramires. City are dominating.
Chelsea 1 - 3 Manchester City
61' And now Ashley Cole is on the act. The left back loses his head and kicks out at Carlos Tevez who is causing all sorts of problems for Chelsea now. You sense another Red Card could be on its way,
You just sense Chelsea are losing their cool now. Luiz fouls Tevez in the penalty area, kicks him then continues to wrestle with him as the Argentine finds his feet. Had City not just taken the lead, I think Mr Friend may have blown his whistle.
That was an outstanding goal by Carlos Tevez. The Argentine wraps his leg around the ball and lets fire into the top left hand corner of Cech's net. That was struck with so much power there was nothing the 'keeper could do. Questions have to be asked of Luiz and Terry in Chelsea's defence, a little too easy for Tevez.
GOAL FOR MANCHESTER CITY
Chelesa 1 - 2 Manchester City
58' The dynamics of this game have changed. After frustrating City for the opening 10 mins the Citizens are firmly in control. Chelsea are back to plan A. Defend, defend, defend.
Thoughts on the Goal
Yaya Toure dispatches emphatically after coming onto the end of a poor John Terry clearance. From outside the area he fires it to Cech's bottom left.
The Poznan is taking over the Villa Park stands and City are back in this.
GOAL FOR MANCHESTER CITY
Chelsea 1 - 1 Manchester City
51' Chelsea are controlling play this second half. Looks like Roberto Di Matteo has told them to treat this as a training exercise to see how they cope with 10 men. So far, so good.
48' Fernando Torres is at it again. This time he outpaces Nigel De Jong and forces Vincent Kompany to make a foul. Yellow Card for the Manchester City skipper and Torres is looking good.
46' Torres looks really lively now. He outpaces Clichy with the ball at his feet and it takes a last minute tackle from Kolarov to force the corner.
The Spaniard looks like he has his mojo back.
The second half kicks off. More of the same please.
Chelsea 1 - 0 Manchester City
Boos resonate around Villa Park as Kevin Friend blows for half time.
It's been a cracker so far, especially those past six minutes. Torres opens the scoring only for Ivanovic to be sent off moments later.
Well Chelsea beat Barcelona with 10 men, can they do the same against City?
I think Blues fans will be more worried by the fact that they will be without a right back for the opening three games of the season.
Ramires deputises in the position for now.
Do you what? I take that back. Referee Kevin Friend has made a great call. Studs were showing, two footed. It was a dangerous tackle.
City have a lifeline.
RED CARD FOR BRANISLAV IVANOVIC
I'm very shocked by that. I'm a Man City fan, a big big Man City fan, but I don't think that was a foul.
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