Updated: 12/08/2012 22:15 | By pa.press.net

City pick up more silverware

Yaya Toure got Manchester City back on level terms

Yaya Toure got Manchester City back on level terms

After the joy and wonder of an Olympic fortnight that will never be forgotten, English football delivered an ugly opening to the new season as Manchester City came from behind to beat 10-man Chelsea 3-2 at Villa Park.

Second-half goals from Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri gave the Premier League champions their first Shield triumph since 1972.

But it was the succession of niggly tackles, eight yellow cards and a straight red for Branislav Ivanovic that left the biggest impression as Chelsea lost out, despite Fernando Torres and Ryan Bertrand scoring the first and last goals.

The community aspect of this game was missing from the first whistle as referee Kevin Friend struggled to keep control. Stefan Savic was booked after 10 minutes, which set the scene for a niggly opening period in which both sides were guilty of going too far at times. Ivanovic was the worst offender.

Forced to challenge for a stray John Terry pass, the Serbian slid straight into countryman Aleksandar Kolarov, studs raised. It was not two-footed, but it was dangerous. And though Chelsea protested, Friend was justified in dismissing Ivanovic, who must now miss next week's trip to Wigan, plus home encounters with Reading and Newcastle.

Ramires created Chelsea's opener, nipping past Pablo Zabaleta before surging into the box and flicking an astute pass past Eden Hazard to Torres on his right. The £50million man showed signs last season of starting to find his old form and, with Didier Drogba embarking on his new life in China, manager Roberto di Matteo needs Torres to justify that massive price tag.

His contribution was clinical, beating the advancing Costel Pantilimon, given a start due to the injury to Joe Hart, with the predatory instinct of old. Carlos Tevez, Samir Nasri and skipper Vincent Kompany had all gone close for the Premier League champions.

As so often on showpiece occasions, though, Toure was the man who did the damage. Seizing on Terry's poor clearance, the midfielder drilled a fierce shot straight back through a crowd of bodies, giving Petr Cech no chance of keeping it out. Now City had the momentum with them and made their extra man tell.

Six minutes later, neither David Luiz nor Terry were able to check Tevez's darting run along the edge of the penalty area. From a central position, Tevez belted a superb shot into the top corner to put the champions ahead. Six minutes after that, City scored again as Kolarov streaked past makeshift right-back Ramires and curled a cross to the near post which Nasri touched home.

If Ramires had not managed to steer James Milner's cross over the bar, an unmarked Tevez would have had a tap-in as a rampant City poured forward. Yet it was Chelsea who scored a consolation 10 minutes from time, through Bertrand, who promptly became involved in a spat with Pantilimon as he tried to wrestle the ball away to restart the game.

12/08/2012 15:57
well done city and chelsea on a decent charity shield game for once a better game then we have had for a few years now and congrats to city on their win they played really well here is hoping its a great season this year best of luck to all teams
12/08/2012 16:55
Chelsea fans went to the commentators box at half time and asked to see a replay of the sending off. they ALL agreed it was a correct decision.
12/08/2012 15:55
Look out United, another piece of silverware taken from  you. I think Luiz was very lucky not to pick up a second yellow/red card.
12/08/2012 22:51

instead of bitchin lets see what this season brings,

we all love our clubs, no harm in that.

12/08/2012 18:21

mm nothing new then red yellow cards handbags from 10 yards a ref without a clue welcome to the start of the football seaon !!

12/08/2012 16:08

well played City......not a full strength team but deserved the win......still room for improvement........Mancini needs to buy who he wants to buy.....Brian Marwood take note !!!!.....manager knows a thing or two about winning stuff..............Van Persie to Utd....??? unthinkable don't do it VP...!!!!

12/08/2012 18:45
........city looking good..........I expect chelsea to be much better when the real football starts.........it's going to be another great season........
12/08/2012 22:21

Welcome back football, nice to see that the dirty play has already started, so much for the spirit of the olympics.  Some things will never change.

12/08/2012 17:50

Congratulations City, was a funny game but i think the ref was right to send Ivanovic off but will wait to see if there is consistancy in the prem, there will be several red cards every week. I must admit I did enjoy seeing Hazards back heel, where he missed the ball and fell flat on his face, 32 mill well spent you might say. City deserved the win and Chelsea disappointed, one thing for sure though I hope Hart misses a few games as his understudy is shocking.

Bring on the League, should be a cracker.

12/08/2012 22:24
Oh, and Eden Hazard might have fallen over trying to be clever, but Hey ho could have been worse, he could have spat his dummy out and gone back to his own country for three months, lol.
12/08/2012 22:53

@ John Westlake,

                           Hi John, some good postings but you let yourself down with the last one, If you tried to 'Shig' one of our girls you would end up with a Scottie Road Kiss. 

12/08/2012 18:13
chelsea are one hell of a dirty team and have for a few years
12/08/2012 16:43

great win for us,well out played chelsea who should of gone down to nine men

bad LOSERS . team looks good for new season and not at full strengh yet.


12/08/2012 19:00
i hear referee Webb has been invited to the pre season dinner at utd, so they can give him his back handers early, and no mistakes eh Mr Webb
12/08/2012 18:05

of course there over the blue moon.
premier champions out play champion league champions
just a warm up for coming season
13/08/2012 04:59
Shame when the League Champions and European Champions cant even fill Villa Park
12/08/2012 21:45
malcolm mcmurdick: use your brains. if you spend money your going to win trophies. 
12/08/2012 21:39
 LEE: great figures. can you tell me what united spent from 1985 to 2005?
12/08/2012 17:53
you must have been watching a different match mate 
city well better both halve,s
Here we go again, a new season and the usual suspects rear their ugly heads once more ! Crass comments with no value whatsoever other than to slag off  Chelsea/ Utd/City/ Liverpool et al. It`s boring lads, if you cant rise above the insults go elsewhere,PLEASE.
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