Chelsea 2-3 Manchester City
The FA Community Shield sponsored by McDonald's
Sunday 12 August 2012
Villa Park, Aston Villa FC
Manchester City held off ten-man Chelsea to lift The Community Shield sponsored by McDonald's at Villa Park.
Three goals in 12 second-half minutes from Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri helped the Premier League champions came from a goal down to win the season's traditional curtain-raiser.
Fernando Torres had given Chelsea the lead shortly before half-time only for Roberto Di Matteo's side to lose the initiative when Branislav Ivanovic was sent off for a rash tackle on Aleksandar Kolarov moments later.
Ryan Bertrand gave Chelsea hope with ten minutes remaining but City clung on to lift their second trophy of 2012.
From the off the challenges were robust and full-blooded as City settled the quicker. Mancini's decision to experiment with three at the back giving the champions a measure of control in midfield.
Aguero was a constant danger, his runs as sharp and dangerous as they had been in the dying moments of last season, while Nasri probed menacingly.
City might have taken an early lead with Vincent Kompany, Tevez and Sergio Aguero all going close.
But for all City's dominance, Chelsea stood firm to deliver the ultimate sucker punch with five minutes of the first half remaining.
Ashley Cole's hopeful ball should have been dealt with more decisively, but Ramires picked up the pieces 16 yards from goal, jinked beyond Pablo Zabaleta and rolled a clever pass to his right, where Torres was on hand to apply a calm finish.
But just as they had established a foothold in the game, Chelsea allowed it to slip away. As Kolarov broke down the left, Ivanovic moved quickly to his right, and his lunge at his fellow Serbian was dangerous. Referee Kevin Friend immediately produced the red card, sparking fury among the Chelsea staff.
There was no time to pause for breath, however, as City came roaring back. First Yaya Toure beat Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech with a fizzing low shot through a crowded penalty area, before Tevez placed a curling effort into the top corner.
Nasri appeared to kill the game off as he stretched out a boot to poke home Kolarov's pin-point cut-back, but Chelsea kept coming.
Showing the spirit built on last season's Champions League triumph, they battled back. A speculative shot by Daniel Sturridge was inexplicably spilled by City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon and substitute Bertrand reacted first to prod in the rebound.
Aguero could have put the contest beyond doubt as the match slipped into injury time but on this occasion he could not provide any last-minute drama.
1 Cech, 2 Ivanovic, 3 Cole, 4 David Luiz, 26 Terry, 7 Ramires, 8 Lampard, 12 Mikel, 17 Hazard (Bertrand, 71), 9 Torres, 10 Mata (Sturridge, 74)
Subs not used 22 Turnbull, 24 Cahill, 5 Essien, 16 Meireles, 40 Piazon
Goals Torres, 40; Bertrand, 80
Yellow Cards Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Mikel, Bertrand
Red Cards Ivanovic
30 Pantilimon, 04 Kompany, 5 Zabaleta, 13 Kolarov, 15 Savic (Clichy, 46), 7 Milner, 8 Nasri (Silva, 76), 34 De Jong, 42 Y Toure, 16 Aguero, 32 Tevez (Dzeko, 88)
Subs not used 63 Johansen, 28 K Toure, 11 Johnson, 62 Razak
Goals Y Toure, 53; Tevez, 59; Nasri, 65
Yellow Cards Pantilimon, Kompany, Savic
Referee Kevin Friend
Chelsea 2-3 Manchester City