Man City trumps Chelsea in opener
BIRMINGHAM, England -- Manchester City scored three second-half goals to beat 10-man Chelsea 3-2 on Sunday in a bad-tempered Community Shield, the traditional start to the English football season.
Fernando Torres put Chelsea ahead in the 40th minute, but the game turned after teammate Branislav Ivanovic was sent off just moments later. Three goals in 12 minutes, from Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri, put City firmly in control before Ryan Bertrand scored a late second for Chelsea.
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For Premier League winner City, it was a first success since 1972 in the annual curtain raiser between the English champions and the FA Cup holders.
"It was a good performance," City coach Roberto Mancini said, acknowledging the advantage of having an extra man.
"It had an impact on the game. It is impossible to say 'no' because 11 versus 11 is different. But we played better than Chelsea, played better football."
Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo had no doubt that the red card issued by referee Kevin Friend was the turning point.
"It changed the game in favor of Manchester City," he said." We competed very well and at that point were in the lead. It was difficult in the second half (with) 10 men."
Ramires created Chelsea's opener with a sharp pass past Eden Hazard to Torres on his right. The Spain striker showed signs last season of starting to find his old form and his contribution on Sunday was clinical, beating goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon with the predatory instinct of old.
Pantilimon had been given a rare start due to Joe Hart's back injury.
Two minutes later, Chelsea's positive start was compromised by Ivanovic being shown a straight red card. Forced to challenge for a stray pass by John Terry, the Serbian slid straight into countryman Aleksandar Kolarov.
Ivanovic now will miss next week's trip to Wigan, plus home matches with Reading and Newcastle.
Seizing on Terry's poor clearance, Toure drilled a fierce shot straight back through a crowd of bodies, giving Petr Cech no chance.
Now City had the momentum, and the champions made the extra man tell.
Six minutes later, neither David Luiz nor Terry was able to check Tevez's darting run along the edge of the penalty area. Tevez sent a superb shot into the top corner to put City ahead.
Six minutes after that, Kolarov streaked past makeshift right back Ramires and curled a cross to the near post that Nasri touched home.
Chelsea scored 10 minutes from the end through substitute Bertrand, who promptly became involved in a spat with Pantilimon as he tried to wrestle the ball away to restart the game.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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