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Manchester City Vanquish Chelsea 3-2 With Brilliant Finishing

Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez, Samir Nasri and a red card to Branislav Ivanovic meant that City were able to complete a comeback against Chelsea, winning the Community Shield 3-2.

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Chelsea Vs. Manchester City, 2012 Community Shield: Final Score 3-2 As Citizens Win Humongous Platter

In a continuation of their odd preseason experiment, Manchester City employed a back three with Pablo Zabaleta as a central defender against Chelsea's 4-2-3-1 and Fernando Torres. It didn't work at all. Roberto Mancini was looking like a bit of a doofus when Torres put the ball into the back of the net, but a Branislav Ivanovic red card turned the tables. City came out roaring in the second half, and eventually went on to win 3-2.

Torres' opener came late in the first half, following 40 minutes of fairly boring football. Much like he did in both legs of Chelsea's Champions League tie with Barcelona, Ramires decided to turn on the style late in the first half after doing a whole lot of nothing previously. He surged forward and poked the ball towards Torres, through Juan Mata, and the Spaniard placed a great finish into the back of the net.

Two minutes later, the game changed completely when Branislav Ivanovic went in high on Aleksandar Kolarov. At first glance, it looked like a yellow card-worthy challenge, but the referee saw Ivanovic's studs go into the shin of Kolarov and showed a red card.

It didn't take long for City to take control of the match after the second half started. Yaya Toure scored the first of three stunning goals for the Citizens in the 53rd minute, blasting a low shot past Petr Cech at the near post after John Terry failed to completely clear a blocked cross.

Carlos Tevez gave Manchester City the lead with an absolutely spectacular goal, reminiscent of a time when he actually played regularly for City, scored goals and didn't act like a toddler. He took the ball off Samir Nasri on the left wing, then sprinted past two defenders with the ball at his feet, into the center of the pitch, before unleashing a right-footed drive into the top corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area.

In the 65th minute, Nasri scored an insurance goal that eventually proved to be vital. Kolarov set it up with a cross from the left wing and Nasri got himself into a perfect position, finding space in the defense and providing a fantastic one-touch finish that put City up 3-1. That goal would eventually prove to be the winner.

Chelsea substitute Ryan Bertrand made the final 10 minutes of the match very interesting by scoring his first senior goal and giving his team a way back into the match, even if a comeback was always unlikely while down a man. His fellow substitute Daniel Sturridge ripped a shot from outside the area that Costel Pantilimon failed to hold on to, and Bertrand pounced to poke home the rebound.

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Chelsea were understandably encouraged by the effort of their young substitutes and didn't look much like a team that was down a man for the remainder of the match, but wasn't able to find an equalizer. City did just enough to hang onto their one goal lead in stoppage time, capturing the Community Shield.

You can find our previous coverage of the game in our Chelsea vs. Manchester City, 2012 Community Shield StoryStream. For more on the Blues, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History. For more on the Citizens, head over to Manchester City blog Bitter And Blue. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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Chelsea Vs. Manchester City, 2012 Community Shield: Citizens Pouring It On, Lead 3-1

That whole 'having less than 11 men' thing is really coming back to bite Chelsea. They were the slightly better side in the first half, but with a man advantage, Manchester City are taking Chelsea apart and the Community Shield is as good as won. Yaya Toure equalized early in the half, and his team has followed up that strike with goals by Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri. With just under 30 minutes to play, City leads Chelsea 3-1.

Tevez's goal was an absolute stunner, hit into the top corner from 20 yards out. Samir Nasri laid the ball off for him and he surged into the center of the pitch, then blasted past Petr Cech.

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Six minutes later, in the 65th minute, Nasri all but ended the game with a comfortable one-touch finish from close range. Aleksandar Kolarov provided the cross and Nasri got himself into a brilliant position before he poked the ball home.

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At this point, City might conserve their energy and let off the gas a bit. They're probably best served keeping possession now that they have a two-goal lead against 10 men with under a half hour remaining in the match.

We have live coverage of the game in our Chelsea vs. Manchester City, 2012 Community Shield StoryStream. For more on the Blues, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History. For more on the Citizens, head over to Manchester City blog Bitter And Blue. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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Chelsea Vs. Manchester City, 2012 Community Shield: Yaya Toure Goal The Equalizer For Citizens

Manchester City are up a man and now level with Chelsea in the Community Shield, thanks to an excellent goal by Yaya Toure. The former clattering defensive midfielder has reinvented himself over the last couple of years as the world's premier box-to-box midfielder, and he showed off his wide range of skills with his 53rd minute finish, leveling the match at 1-1.

Things got started with a cross by James Milner, which was blocked in an unfortunate manner for the Chelsea defense, and deflected into a dangerous position. John Terry attempted to clear the ball but couldn't get it past Toure. The Ivorian took a fantastic first touch to get himself into space, then hit a perfect shot past Petr Cech at the near post. Generally, it's the keeper's fault if he gets beat at his near post, but in this case Toure's shot was exquisite and virtually unstoppable.

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We have live coverage of the game in our Chelsea vs. Manchester City, 2012 Community Shield StoryStream. For more on the Blues, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History. For more on the Citizens, head over to Manchester City blog Bitter And Blue. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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Chelsea Vs. Manchester City, 2012 Community Shield: Halftime Score, 1-0 Blues On Fernando Torres Goal

Chelsea started their first team in the Community Shield, while Manchester City are missing a few key figures and started an experimental lineup. Even though the match was a bit dull for most of the first half, City were eventually made to pay for their odd lineup and missing stars with a goal by Fernando Torres. The Euro 2012 Golden Boot winner (*snicker*) put his team up late in the half, but Chelsea has a lot of work to do. Branislav Ivanovic was sent off just two minutes after the goal, and Chelsea will have to defend their 1-0 lead with 10 men.

There was a very distinct lack of action until Torres' goal. Petr Cech had to make a save on Carlos Tevez in the opening minutes and Stefan Savic picked up an 11th minute yellow card that might come into play later. Besides Torres getting kicked in the face, the most eventful happening of the first 40 minutes was £32m signing Eden Hazard looking less than skillful while trying to beat Nigel De Jong in the 20th minute.

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Torres goal came in the 40th minute and was set up by Ramires with a lovely assist. The Brazilian winger surged towards the penalty area and poked the ball into the path of Torres, through Juan Mata's missed touch/dummy, and Torres applied the kind of finish that we haven't seen very much of since he wore a red shirt and played in Merseyside.

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Chelsea's fans were jubilant at the fantastic finish and their lead, but their joy was short lived. Two minutes later, Branislav Ivanovic went lunging into a tackle on Aleksandar Kolarov and was shown a straight red card. It was a foul for sure and probably a yellow card, but referee Kevin Friend was very harsh to show Ivanovic a straight red for this tackle.

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The Chelsea fans don't appear to outnumber the City fans in the stands, but the City fans don't exactly have anything to cheer or complain about at the moment. On the other hand, Chelsea's fans were extremely upset with the call and were audibly booing Friend mercilessly as he walked towards the tunnel. Chelsea lead 1-0 at the half, but won't have much fun trying to keep that lead.

We have live coverage of the game in our Chelsea vs. Manchester City, 2012 Community Shield StoryStream. For more on the Blues, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History. For more on the Citizens, head over to Manchester City blog Bitter And Blue. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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Chelsea Vs. Manchester City, 2012 Community Shield: Match Underway

Top-level English football has returned after a nearly three-month layoff with the Community Shield, and Manchester City are playing a back three with Pablo Zabaleta as a central defender. James Milner is a wing back. Okay! This is an odd decision against Chelsea's 4-2-3-1 with Fernando Torres up top.

Speaking of Torres, it would be nice to see him get his season off to a good start, wouldn't it? Perhaps that Golden Boot at Euro 2012 (*snicker*) will provide him with a bit of a confidence boost. He used to be really fun. I miss when he was fun. He's not fun anymore.

Also, David Luiz's hair looks especially beautiful today.

We have live coverage of the game in our Chelsea vs. Manchester City, 2012 Community Shield StoryStream. For more on the Blues, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History. For more on the Citizens, head over to Manchester City blog Bitter And Blue. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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Chelsea Vs. Manchester City, 2012 Community Shield: Lineups

Manchester City are about to play a game against Chelsea, but the commentators are probably going to spend a lot of time talking about Jack Rodwell, a player who City just had a bid accepted for. Poor, poor Everton. Anyway, Rodwell isn't actually playing in the 2012 Community Shield, so onto the players who actually will be playing in the game.

In case you were wondering whether or not this is a glorified friendly, City are starting Costel Pantilimon and Stefan Savic, so yes, it is. Chelsea are playing their first team, including Ramires, who is probably going to be playing for Brazil on Wednesday. Stinks for you, Daniel Sturridge.

Chelsea Lineup (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Ashley Cole, John Terry, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic; Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel; Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Ramires; Fernando Torres

Manchester City Lineup (4-4-2): Costel Pantilimon; Aleksandar Kolarov, Stefan Savic, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta; Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure, Nigel De Jong, James Milner; Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez

Kickoff is at 8:30 a.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. local time from Villa Park in Birmingham, England. Wembley Stadium and the Millennium Stadium were in use for Olympic play, so Chelsea and City were forced into a bit of an unorthodox venue for the game. You can catch the Community Shield on FOX Soccer Channel in the U.S., ITV in the U.K. and Sportsnet World in Canada.

We'll have live coverage of the game in our Chelsea vs. Manchester City, 2012 Community Shield StoryStream. For more on the Blues, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History. For more on the Citizens, head over to Manchester City blog Bitter And Blue. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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Chelsea Vs. Manchester City, 2012 Community Shield: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Chelsea and Manchester City contest the 2012 FA Community Shield on Sunday in an unorthodox location -- Birmingham.

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