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August 7, 2011
• 9:30 AM
• Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: P. Dowd
• Attendance: 77169
J. Lescott 38'
E. Džeko 45'+
C. Smalling 52'
Nani 58', 90'+
That'll do it, everyone. What a great match and a great way to start the English Premier League season. For Goal.com USA (@GoalUSA), I'm Shane Evans (@shanevans) saying, good day, Godspeed and Golden Balls! Ta ta all!!!
90' + 6'
There is the whistle, everyone! Manchester United reverse a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in the most thrilling Community Shield I've ever seen.
90' + 5'
United fans waiting for the whistle now. 3-2 the score. Huge turnaround by the Champions.
90' + 4'
GAME OVER! Huge huge huge error by Vincent Kompany. A deep clearance by Rooney is poorly played by Kompany and Nani scoops in, rounds Hart and slides it in for the trophy. United are the winners! (Well, nearly)
90' + 3'
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Dzeko wins a foul just past the halfway line. Silva looks to swing in a deep cross. Remember, no Vidic or Ferdy.
90' + 1'
Young flies a deep cross to Berbatov who can do nothing but put a reaching header behind.
90' + 1'
Four minutes of stoppages...
At the other end...Smalling and Nani exchange nicely down the left. Gets the ball back to Nani in the area and his shot is blocked. Cleverley then fires the rebound over.
City have a half chance as the ball falls to Dzeko just inside the box on the turn. His toe poke shot is caught safely by De Gea.
Welbeck off. Berbatov on. Very nice performance by the Englishman.
Silva puts in a lofted cross the Richards wins and forces a great save from De Gea. All for naught though as Richards fouled Smalling in the leap.
Not so fast though...City win a corner at the other end.
Dimi Berbs about to come on...probs for his penalty taking.
Corner is punched away by Hart...
A nice move forward for the Red Devils. Cleverley down the right chips in and Kompany puts it behind for a corner.
Then City has a bit of time forward. Nothing comes of it though and we edge ever-closer to the dreaded spot kicks.
Seems both sides are ready for pens. Things have slowed drastically. United going forward now...
Remember...this match will go straight to penalties at the end of 90 minutes.
Rooney and Cleverley get in each others' way a bit at the top of the box. Cleverley then shoots it over the bar.
Things have slowed down a bit but both teams will be looking for a winner with just over 10 to play.
Johnson cuts in from the right and fires. De Gea up to this one and parries wide.
Some good hustle down the left sees Clichy win a corner for the Citizens.
The ball in United's end for the first time in a while. Corner comes to nothing.
A Manchester City debut for...Gael Clichy. Kolarov is removed.
Free kick is driven by Rooney and blocked.
Young wins a contested foul at the top of City's box. Could have gone either way for me but a foul was called. Dangerous spot. Soon after, Evra begrudgingly comes off. Gives the armband to Rafael...who keeps it!
Lightning pace to this second half.
Welbeck takes a great ball down the left and puts in a low cross that sees its way all the way through the area.
Rooney surges forward and is barely tackled by Lescott who pokes the ball away as the English forward was about to dart into the box home free.
Adam Johnson is set to come on. He'll replace James Milner.
Richards with some great work to dispossess Young and charge forward. Proceeds to lose the ball though. Guess that's why he's a defender.
The calls for Kun have begun...
Two corners in quick succession. First comes to Rooney and is deflected behind. Second falls to Rooney again and he fires over from a tight angle. Tremendous pressure.
All United so far in the second half. What a turnaround!
Yellow CardAleksandar Kolarov
Kolarov goes in the book for booting the ball away, presumably.
You have your team goals and then you have your, string it together, make the opposition look bad, nasty finish, team goals. That was the latter.
HOLY GOALY! Could we have the goal of the season in the Community Shield?! About seven passes cut City to shreds at the top/inside the box. Nani ends up with it and dinks it over Hart for the goal. 2-2!
It appears as though City is read to make a sub...Gareth Barry to come on.
Good area for a free kick...Young fires into the wall, then fires the rebound way over the net. Should have done better.
Yellow CardJames Milner
Another City player goes in the book as Nani is taken down by James Milner. Five Citizens carded now, for those counting.
Passing at the back very loose and sloppy for United. Giveaways, back and forth stuff for both sides now. Loving this match so far.
GOALLLLL! 2-1 City. We have a match now people. Young blasts the free kick into the area, Lescott loses Smalling and the former Fulham man redirects the ball away from Hart into the back of the net!
Richards continues to throw his weight around with a hard tackle on Young. Got to be careful, the lad.
Good chance for United. Cleverley chips a little ball into the box. Welbeck was in front of Kompany and smashes the header wide of the near post.
Nani with his 9th giveaway of the match. I swear every first touch pass has gone to City.
The Red Devils looking the more eager to start the second...as they should be.
Second half underway!
Well then...three changes for United at the break. Cleverley, Jones and Evans come in.
While I'm sitting here waiting for the second half, I'll remind you about Goal.com USA's social media efforts. Follow the site on Twitter @GoalUSA and then yours truly, Shane Evans, @shanevans. Thanks and enjoy your tea.
45' + 3'
We're at halftime now, folks. City with two stunners to lead United 2-0 at the break.
45' + 3'
Trying to get one back before the half, Rooney fires a sliced shot at the other end which flashes across the face of goal and goes behind for a goal kick.
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2-0 CITY!!! Dzeko gets the ball in some space about 35 yards out...takes a touch or two and isn't challenged. He then fires a curling belter that beats De Gea for the score! Huge hill to climb now for United.
...or maybe not. The performance has been solid from them. You think a goal could come.
Two minutes to the half and City look really strong at the moment. Some adjustments will have to be made for United in the locker room, me thinks.
At the other end, Ashley Young has a pop from about 25 yards out. Looked good but went slightly wide. Sir Alex's boys seem a bit flustered after allowing a goal against the run of play.
Yellow CardPatrice Evra
Shortly after the goal, Evra goes in the book for a sloppy challenge on Milner just outside the United area. The ensuing free kick is blocked behind for a corner.
GOAL! Manchester City take the 1-0 lead!!! Free kick from deep gets swung in by David Silva. Lescott rises in front of Ferdinand and behind Vidic and nods the ball past De Gea into the net!
Well then. Fires low, deflects bottom of the wall and beats Joe Hart...and the post. Corner goes to nothing.
Another tough tackle from City as De Jong takes down Nani. Good area for the United free kick. About 29 yards out. Nani and Rooney over the ball. The Portuguese wants this one.
Yellow CardYaya Touré
And we have the match's fourth yellow card. Yaya Toure gets a bit too rude with his challenge and goes in the book.
City work another decent chance. Good cross into the box that is deflected behind for another corner.
Mario Balotelli loves that little spin move thing. Again, it doesn't come off and he goes to the deck in agony. Hmm.
Silva slides in Milner who tries to put a low shot across De Gea's goal...but it goes wide. First real chance for City.
Manchester United wins another corner thanks to some good work by Nani.
Another great move by the Red Devils. Cheeky backheel from Nani to Welbeck. The forward then slides the ball across the area by a rushing Hart. Put into touch by City.
United still keeping the ball well. Hemming City back...
Roooooooooooney...just misses the top left corner. Curled it all the way around the wall and barely passed the target.
Great spot for United. Top of the box. Just off to the right of Hart's box.
Yellow CardMicah Richards
Ruh-roh. Things are getting feisty. Not only did Anderson get a yellow, but Richards has now gone in the book for a pretty awful studs up take down on Young. Coulda been a red for me.
Possession definitely going United's way so far.
Yellow CardEdin Dzeko
Early card here as Dzeko takes down Anderson pretty hastily and draws Dowd's yellow. Little argy-bargy afterward, too. Good stuff.
Some good movement from United sees Carrick take the ball at the top of the box. His cross-shot hybrid ends in Hart's hands.
Nani gets the ball over the top and puts a teasing low cross in that is barely cleared away. United pressing now.
City looking sharp as a ball is played in and cleared behind by Ferdinand. Corner to come...and it misses everyone.
Mario Balotelli sporting the most interesting of hairdos...looks like arrows coming over the top of his head. Basically screams..."LOOK AT ME!" He then headbutts Nemanja Vidic. All in a day's work.
United break 3v3 and Nani sends the ball to...no one. Wasted chance.
Another late-ish foul as Rooney drops Milner to the deck with an innocent challenge. England teammates kiss and make up after.
Ten minutes gone and we're scoreless. Good action though. Richards looks hungry, as does Evra and Young.
Well then...things are quite testy early. Richards intercepts the ball and charges up the other way. Evra says, "no you don't, sir" and knocks him to the ground with a nice shoulder barge. Not your typical FA CS.
After the corner, Lescott stamps on Welbeck's foot and a foul is called. Cheeky stuff.
After a quick foray in the City end, it comes back to United's half and the Citizens win a corner. Again, nothing comes of it.
Right back down the other end, City win a corner as Edin Dzeko is making a nuisance of himself. Comes to nothing though.
Yikes. Bouncing ball around the box gets headed back in by Rooney and falls to Smalling who can't do anything but deflect it on net via Lescott. Great chance for United.
United break and Young's shot is blocked behind for a corner.
Chris Smalling starts at right back for United.
United dink the passes around the top of the box well. City tackling hard and late.
...and swings it in low and hard and is pushed away.
Good spot for United to create something. Ashley Young steps over the ball...
Patrice Evra getting forward early and winning a free kick down the left.
...and we're underway from Wembley!
No Tevez for City. And Aguero starts from the bench. Captaining the Citizens is Vincent Kompany. Probably will keep the armband, too, if Tevez leaves.
Phil Dowd the man with the whistle today. Looks like we're about ready to go.
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Teams out on the pitch meeting with some dignitaries and the like. Do I see Patrick Vieira in there?
Traditionally a friendly-type match, the Community Shield this year should be something a tad more, given the fierce rivalry on hand.
And for Manchester United: De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Young, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Rafael, Jones, Evans, Cleverley, Park, Berbatov.
First the lineups. For Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong, Silva, Y Toure, Milner, Balotelli, Dzeko. Subs: Taylor, Clichy, Savic, Barry, A. Johnson, Wright-Phillips, Aguero.
Hello everyone! Goal.com's Shane Evans here with you for the FA Community Shield match between Manchester City and Manchester United!
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