City just edge curtain-raiser

by Oliver Skehan , 12 August 2012

Three second-half goals from Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri saw Manchester City come from behind to beat Chelsea 3-2 in what was an entertaining renewal of the Community Shield at Villa Park on Sunday.

Five minutes before half-time some neat work from Ramires was finished off by Fernando Torres and it looked as if the advantage has swung in the London outfit's favour but just two minutes later a controversial decision from referee Kevin Friend saw Branislav Ivanovic receive his marching orders for a two-footed tackle on Aleksandar Kolarov.

The second-half was just eight minutes old when Yaya Toure equalised for the Premier League champions before Carlos Tevez put Roberto Mancini's men in front six minutes later - the Argentina international picked the ball up on the left of the Chelsea box before darting across the whitewash and whipping a superb right-foot shot past a motionless Petr Cech in the Chelsea goal.

City now looked like they could score with every attack and Samir Nasri soon did when he poked Kolarov's cross past Cech with his left foot.

To their credit Chelsea did not throw in the towel and substitute Ryan Bertrand breathed new life back into the game on 80 minutes against the run of play but it was to prove to be a consolation at best.

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