Sunday, 12 August 2012

Community Shield LIVE Commentary Special:

This is it: The Community Shield will be decided today, when Manchester City face Chelsea.

Hello and welcome to my LIVE Commentary of the Chelsea vs Manchester City Community Shield Match at Villa Park Stadium..

Villa's the venue: EPL team Aston Villa's 43,000 seater stadium will be used in today's CS final.

The winners of the FA Cup (Chelsea) facing the winners of the EPL (Manchester City) in a interesting crunch match, 6 days before the new season starts. 

Up for the FA Cup: Chelsea beat Liverpool in the final back in May.
Late drama: Manchester City won the EPL title in May, but just under the noses of local rivals Manchester United.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is out of action for the CS today and England's friendly against Italy with a back injury.

Everton have agreed a £15million fee with Manchester City for defensive midfielder Jack Rodwell. 

Team Line-ups:

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Torres. 
Subs: Turnbull, Cahill, Bertrand, Essien, Meireles, Sturridge, Piazon.

4-2-3-1 formation for Chelsea, with 4 at the back, Mikel and Lampard in defensive midfielder and Ramires Mata and Hazard all supporting Fernando Torres.

Strong Chelsea squad with Eden Hazard, Ramires and Mata all behind the frontman Fernando Torres.
I think Torres has to score, if he will do well next season and keep his place in the starting 11 for the upcoming season.
Strong defence as well with Ashley Cole, Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry along with David Luiz. 

Manchester City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Savic, Kolarov, De Jong, Y Toure, Milner, Aguero, Nasri, Tevez.
Subs: Johansen, K Toure, Clichy, Razak, Silva, Johnson, Dzeko.

3-4-1-2 formation for City, with Zabaleta, Kompany and Savic at the back. A defensive 4 of Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Nigel de Jong and James Milner. Samir Nasri is in-front of them, supporting Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero in attack.

Slightly weaker Manchester City, with 1st team goalkeeper Joe Hart out along with Micah Richards.

Referee: Kevin Friend.

Before we continue with the LIVE Commentary, let me give you a quick update with the latest EPL news, and friendlies involving EPL teams yesterday..

Yesterday's Friendlies:

QPR 2 Augsburg 2
Striker Djibril Cisse scored twice for QPR as they drew with German 2.League side Augsburg 2-2.

Cardiff City 4 Newcastle United 1
Striker Shola Ameobi scored the only goal for Newcastle as they were thrashed 4-1 to Championship and Welsh club Cardiff. 

Malaga 1 Everton 0
Everton lost their pre-season friendly against Spainish team Malaga by 1-0 thanks to a goal by striker Weligton.

Fulham 1 Charlton Athletic 2
Midfielder Damien Duff scored for Fulham, but despite this they lost 2-1 to Championship side Charlton.

Reading 2 Crystal Palace 0 
EPL 'new boys' Reading beat Championship side Crystal Palace 2-0.
Former Stuttgart striker Pavel Pogrebnyak (remember him?) scored for Reading in the 52nd minute before they doubled their lead 1 minute later..

Norwich City 0 Borussia Monchengladbach 2 
Norwich were beaten by 2 goals to nil against German side Borussia Monchengladbach (what a handful!)

Hannover 96 3 Manchester United 4
Striker Wayne Rooney scored twice, along with Javier Hernandez and £12million signing Shinji Kagawa also scored for United as they beat German side Hannover 96.

Goal: Striker Wayne Rooney scores for Manchester United yesterday against Hannover.
Safe hands: Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea punches the ball out.

Transfer News: 

West Brom have confirmed the season-long loan signing of Chelsea's young striker Romelu Lukaku. 

Not at Chelsea, still in the EPL: Striker Romelu Lukaku will be on-loan at West Brom for next season.
He was persuaded to go to The Hawthorns by his current manager Roberto Di Matteo who used to manage West Brom.

He has had a tough start to his Chelsea career after arriving for around £17million last season.
Manchester City have released a picture of midfielder Jack Rodwell in their colours:

£15million man: Jack Rodwell has his first interview as a Manchester City player, having passed his medicaL
Tottenham and Arsenal are in a tug-of-war over the signing of French starlet M'Baye Niang.
Newcastle United has reportedly completed a £6.6million deal with Ajax over defender Vernon Anita.
Promising transfer: Ajax left-back Vurnon Anita is reportedly close to a move to Newcastle.
Liverpool are prepared to make midfielder Charlie Adam bait for Fulham in order to sign midfielder Clint Dempsey. 
Bye bye Fulham? Midfielder Clint Dempsey is close to a move away from Fulham, with Liverpool set to make a bid.
Wigan winger Victor Moses is close to finalising his £8.5million switch to Chelsea.

Manchester United are set to up their offer for Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie to £20million.

This is how Robin Van Persie would look in a Manchester United shirt. He said that he would not stay in the EPL.

Let's get back to the action now:

Eden Hazard vs Sergio Aguero: Chelsea vs Manchester City - LIVE from Villa Park.

LIVE Commentary - Chelsea vs Manchester City:

0: Referee Kevin Friend has blown the whistle to start the match here at Villa Park. 
Manchester City kick us off, with Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero kicking off.
Some empty seats, but the atmosphere is intense with these two teams facing each other.

10: The first 10 minutes, have been all City's possession.

Chelsea have kept losing the ball every time they have possession.

11: Referee Kevin Friend has booked Manchester City defender Stefan Savic after a late foul on Eden Hazard. 

15: Midfielder Samir Nasri had a shot saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech at the far post.

19: Patient build-up play by Manchester City.

39: Chelsea midfielder Ramires with the ball at his feet from 25 yards out. He does a fake shot before weaving past two defenders and passing the ball straight through to Torres who chips goalkeeper Pantilmon before the ball hits the back of the net.

Chelsea lead by 1-0 against City. Torres breaks the deadlock and scores for The Blues.

Cool as a cucumber: Torres breaks the deadlock for Chelsea in the 39th minute with a delicate chip past Pantilmon.

41: Kolarov on the wing, before getting tackled forcefully by Ivanovic. Free-kick given, and the referee runs towards Ivanovic before brandishing a card....

RED CARD!!! He has been sent off for Chelsea, and now they are down to ten men!
Interesting verdict by the referee, but Ivanovic's studs were showing there and even though he looked to play the ball, he caught the player and was not near the ball. 

Straight red card: Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic was sent off after a dangerous late tackle on Kolarov.
The referee blows the whistle for half-time after a few intense minutes at Villa Park.
The match has blown wide open.

The players from both sides have come out of the tunnel and are getting ready for the second half here.


Manchester City SUB:
Stefan Savic OFF
Gael Clichy ON

45: Chelsea have kicked off the second half with Hazard and Torres.

46: Fernando Torres with a burst of pace past Gael Clichy before getting a last-ditch tackle from Kolarov.

49: Torres weaves past a few defenders before getting bodychecked by defender Vincent Kompany. Yellow card given to the Manchester City captain.

50: Manchester City free-kick taken by Kolarov into the box... curling ball.... JUST past the post!

52: Counter attack by City, with Milner running down the wing before crossing the ball into the box but a deflection is cleared by Terry. Only partially cleared, as the ball falls to Yaya Toure who takes a good first touch before hitting the ball hard and low towards goal....

Midfielder Yaya Toure equalises for Manchester City. 
It was coming as Chelsea were giving the ball away andwith ten men, it is hard to defend against City.

Bullet: Manchester City defensive midfielder Yaya Toure takes advantage of Terry's poor clearance to score.

58: Striker Carlos Tevez with a nice solo run past David Luiz and John Terry before unleashing a shot from 20 yards out.... GOAL!! City are in-front!

I'm here to stay: Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez scores a good goal to give them a 2-1 lead.

63: Carlos Tevez goes on a run down the wing before getting clipped by Ashley Cole from behind. Yellow card given to Ashley Cole for a late tackle.

64: Chelsea midfielder Ramires takes a shot from 20 yards out which is high and dips towards goal.... SAVE! by goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon. 

65: Manchester City full-back Kolarov runs down the wing before crossing the ball into the box for someone to head....
Nasri is there lurking and sticks a leg out before hitting the ball past Cech into the net...
GOAL!!! City are dominating now.
Nasri has made it 3-1 with 25 minutes left to play.

71: Chelsea SUB:
Eden Hazard OFF

Ryan Bertrand ON

Well played by Hazard, promising display for the future by the young 21-year-old.

75: Chelsea SUB:
Juan Mata OFF
Daniel Sturridge ON

Last-ditch substitution for Chelsea, with Daniel Sturridge replacing Juan Mata.

77: Manchester City SUB:
Samir Nasri OFF

David Silva ON 

Silky Silva replaces Nasri who has played well today and scored a goal for his troubles..

Huge applause for both the players coming on and off.

79: Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge weaves past a defender before unleashing a shot from 20 yards out towards goal... saved and parried away by goalkeeper Pantilimon.
The ball trickles away from him as Bertrand runs towards goal.... he taps the ball into the net. GOAL!

Consolation goal: Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand gives Chelsea hope with a goal in the 80th minute.

80: There are some arguments, as Bertrand wanted the ball back but Pantilimon did not want to give it back to him.

Yellow cards given to both players for decent.

Chelsea are back in the match, 3-2.

85: Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been awarded the McDonalds Man of The Match after a solid performance today, capping it off with a great goal to equalise for City.

90: The fourth-official has signalled 4 minutes of stoppage time to be added on here at Villa Park.

90+1: Chelsea are desperately pressing for the equalising goal here with Sturridge crossing the ball into the box, but Kolarov heads away for a corner.

90+3: David Silva skills past three defenders before cutting inside the box and passing the ball to Yaya Toure.
City are just holding the ball at the moment here, which is all they need to do.

90+4: The referee blows the whistle to end the match here at Villa Park.

Manchester City win the third piece of silverware in three years against a Chelsea side who were dominated in the second half despite scoring twice during the match.

Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and David Silva(despite the fact he was on for about 12 minutes) were all the players that gave Chelsea havoc throughout.

Chelsea were down to ten men at the end of the first half, but they were always second best despite leading thanks to a Torres chip.

The Chelsea squad are collecting their losers medals with John Terry leading his team out to collect.

Manchester City squad look happy and excited, awaiting clearance for them to collect their winner's medals and lift the shield.

LIVE Friendly:

Liverpool 2 Bayer Leverkusen 0 HT

Young 17-year-old teenager Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock for Liverpool in the 3rd minute, before defensive midfielder Lucas (who has just returned from injury!) doubled their lead after 30 minutes. 

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