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Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool
Thursday, 31 August 2006



By Charlie Henderson

THE ACTION AS IT HAPPENED

1659 BST: Here come Liverpool, led by new-boy Craig Bellamy. Bringing up the rear is skipper Steven Gerrard. He lifts the Community Shield with Jamie Carragher, who started the match as captain. It's all smiles for Liverpool and Rafael Benitez as the players un-cork the champagne.

1657 BST: Sir Geoff Hurst re-appears for the presentation and Chelsea are first up. Never mind Jose Mourinho, there are a few stern looks among their squad as they file up. Frank Lampard's showing off his bronzed torso. Clearly he had a good summer holiday on the beach after the World Cup.

"Liverpool were slightly the better team and they appear to be further down the road to full fitness than Chelsea. And it's good for Peter Crouch to score, he needed a good start. Winning this means a lot to the fans and that means a lot to the players. It eases pressure in a club to win something and that helps confidence. I think the Premiership will be tighter than it has been for the past two years and it looks like it will be a good season."
Jan Molby, BBC Five Live Sport

1652 BST: The stage builders swoop on to the pitch and members of the media prey on the players for the post-match soundbite.

"It's a nice marker to put down for the season for Liverpool. For Chelsea, who look a little bit unbalanced as a whole, it's a case of when are they're going to hit top form, but they looked shambolic in the last 20 minutes with players out of position all over the pitch. If they don't start well we may have a good title race.
Jan Molby, BBC Five Live Sport

FULL-TIME: No more substitutions, no more goals and no more chances. The whistle goes and Liverpool claim the Community Shield for the first time since 2001.

90 + 2 mins: A last chance for Chelsea with a free-kick 35 yards out. Frank Lampard's floated delivery is easily cleared, with that man Momo Sissoko getting the final touch.

90 mins: There will be three more minutes. That is more than enough for some more substitutions.

89 mins: "You'll Never Walk Alone" rings out around the Millennium Stadium - well, at least the Liverpool end. It's a bit echoey up at the blue end of the ground.

88 mins: There's not much time left, but it's still enough for yet another substitution. Peter Crouch is replaced by Florent Sinama Pongolle - a little and large duo as they cross by the touchline.

87 mins: The announcement of Momo Sissoko as man of the match over the PA is well received. More importantly, it's well deserved.

85 mins: Craig Bellamy and Steven Gerrard combine on the right and the Englishman whips in a devilish cross that evades Chelsea's central defenders and lands at Fabio Aurelio's feet. The Brazilian's stabbed effort is well saved by Carlo Cudicini, despite the fact he was moving the other way.

83 mins: All the noise is coming from the Liverpool fans and on the pitch the Liverpool players are easily keeping Chelsea at bay.

81 mins: John Mikel Obi comes on for Paulo Ferreira at right-back.

"Bellamy's pace caused problems down the left and Chelsea's defending was shocking. Ricardo Carvalho was dragged out of central defence, Terry was too narrow and Bridge was nowhere to be seen. It was a perfect cross from Bellamy."
Jan Molby, BBC Five Live Sport

80 mins: GOAL Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool
Craig Bellamy races down the left flank, checks back on to his right foot and dinks a wonderful cross into the six-yard box which leaves Peter Crouch with the easiest of headed finishes.

76 mins: Shaun Wright-Phillips breaks down the right and drags the Liverpool defence with him. He finds Salomon Kalou, but the Ivorian is crowded out and cannot get the ball square to Andriy Shevchenko who is in oceans of space in the middle.

74 mins: Andriy Shevchenko jumps high to chest down a long pass forward for Salomon Kalou. The Ivorian's shot is woeful and wide. Shevchenko clutches his ankle momentarily after landing but is soon running again. Is that a sigh of relief you can hear from Roman Abramovich?

71 mins: More action for the fourth official and his little board of lit-up numbers. On show is 11, that's Didier Drogba. He's replaced by Shaun Wright-Phillips, number 24.

70 mins: John Terry steps across the on-rushing Craig Bellamy on the right flank and concedes another free-kick but Liverpool's imagination or execution fails to match what went before.

68 mins: Lassana Diarra's tackle from behind on Xabi Alonso earns a yellow card. The free-kick's in a central position 35 yards out and is well worked, with Alonso clipping a pass forward to Fabio Aurelio, but his pass into the box for Craig Bellamy is blocked.

66 mins: Here comes Craig Bellamy. Luis Garcia goes off. Only a maximum of five more changes to go.

65 mins: Things have gone a little flat. The passing is pretty aimless and neither team can maintain possession for any length of time.

63 mins: Yet another substitution with Lassana Diarra coming on for Arjen Robben. That's 3-3 in subs. Each team can make six changes so the pattern of this game could get massively broken up in the final third of the match.

61 mins: A yellow card for Xabi Alonso as he slides in on Michael Essien. A touch harsh as he got the ball and Essien made the most of it.

59 mins: More replacements and what a double substitution it is. Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso come on and they need to make their mark for Liverpool as Chelsea are dictating the game in the second half. Bolo Zenden and Jermaine Pennant make way.

56 mins: Another change, this time for Liverpool with Fabio Aurelio replacing Mark Gonzalez. The first thing the first Brazilian to play for Liverpool does is concede a free-kick by the corner flag. Chelsea don't do much with it.

55 mins: Pepe Reina keeps it at 1-1. First he tips over an effort from the angle by Didier Drogba, and from the resulting corner dives low to his left to parry Andriy Shevchenko's stooping header behind for another corner.

54 mins: A first second-half change with Wayne Bridge coming on for Geremi. That means Paulo Ferreira goes from left-back to right-back.

52 mins: The game seems to be opening up a bit, with wide men and racy runs to the fore. Salomon Kalou, Jermaine Pennant, Mark Gonzalez and Arjen Robben are all seeing their fair share of the ball. More to the point, they are showing great willingness to take on their men.

49 mins: Bolo Zenden races on to a lovely weighted pass on the edge of the area, but if that was the beauty of the move his finish is the beast. He drags it horribly wide.

47 mins: Who put what in Andriy Shevchenko's half-time isotonic drink? He's full of beans running all over the place at the moment.

1603 BST: Didier Drogba and Andriy Shevchenko stand over the ball discussing things with a lot of hand movements. Is that sign language? What's their common language, apart from football? They come to some sort of agreement over something and kick-off the second half.

1600 BST: The players are back out for the second half and there are no changes.

"Chelsea have found their form late on and there's much to look forward to in the second half. It was difficult for Ballack with Liverpool players steaming in on him. Shevchenko's first touch is as good as anyone's out there and his movement is exceptional. He oozes goals and I may have to take back that comment about him struggling in the Premiership, although this is being played at a completely different pace.
Jan Molby, BBC Five Live Sport

HALF-TIME: The whistle goes for the break. Andriy Shevchenko may have done his team-mates a favour as Jose Mourinho turns for the tunnel in a much better mood than he was three minutes ago. They may not face a half-time rollicking after all.

45 mins: Finally Jose Mourinho is smiling as he jumps up out of his seat in delight at Andriy Shevchenko's goal. Roman Abramovich's looking pretty happy with himself high up in the stands as well, punching the air in joy. Who says this game doesn't matter?

"A wonderful goal. That's what he's all about. His movement was excellent, Finnan and Carragher didn't have a clue where he was and you sensed he'd score. He has been ever so impressive and he had all the time in the world, but it has come against the run of play."
Jan Molby, BBC Five Live Sport

44 mins: GOAL Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
Frank Lampard picks out Andriy Shevchenko with a beautiful clipped cross-field pass and Chelsea's new 30m striker chests the ball down, keeps his cool and clinically slots the equaliser past Pepe Reina.

42 mins: Neat passing football from Liverpool and two good saves from Carlo Cudicini. The Italian stretches every last sinew to claw away a Mark Gonzalez cross in front of Peter Crouch, and then as the Reds come again, he pushes another Crouch effort over the bar as it looks to be dipping into the net.

39 mins: Mark Gonzalez runs at the back-pedalling Geremi, turning him this way and that before rifling a low shot in at Carlo Cudicini's post. Another comfortable save for the Italian.

37 mins: The cheer from the Liverpool end is so loud you'd be forgiven for thinking they had scored a second. No goal, just Steven Gerrard warming up on the touchline.

36 mins: At the other end Andriy Shevchenko shows how to get some power in a shot. The Ukrainian, Chelsea's best player, runs flat across the edge of the area before turning a shot in which Pepe Reina parries to his right.

35 mins: Liverpool win a free-kick wide on the left, but Jermaine Pennant's effort lacks venom and Carlo Cudicini makes another easy claim.

32 mins: Momo Sissoko is covering every proverbial blade of grass out there. He frees Mark Gonzalez on the left but the Chilean's long-distance shot is easily gathered by Carlo Cudicini.

29 mins: Neat footwork from Salomon Kalou on the right helps him escape the clutches of John Arne Riise. He whips a low cross in but Dider Drogba is offside.

28 mins: The change seems to benefit Chelsea who break at pace, but Arjen Robben's cross from the left is easily cleared.

26 mins: Salomon Kalou, a summer arrival from Feyenoord, comes on for Michael Ballack. It means Chelsea go to a 4-4-2 with Arjen Robben on the left and Kalou on the right.

25 mins: Michael Ballack's back on after putting some ice to his hip, but Salomon Kalou is stripped of his tracksuit and ready to come on.

24 mins: Michael Ballack, who has ingratiated himself to his new boss by copying Jose Mourinho's grade two haircut, limps to the touchline. It looks like a hip problem and it also looks as if his game could be up.

22 mins: Crikey. Paulo Ferreira almost puts the ball in his own net. With Carlo Cudicini flat-footed his pass back goes just wide of the right post, with the keeper scrambling across goal. Last season in the Premiership Chelsea conceded a goal every 209 minutes when Ferriera was on the pitch. Stun your mates with that down the pub. It was the best record in the top-flight!

20 mins: Frank Lampard's shooting malaise, so evident at the World Cup, continues as an aimless, long free-kick goes well wide of Pepe Reina's goal.

19 mins: Rafael Benitez is scrawling notes in the dugout. Jose Mourinho is scowling.

17 mins: Now Michael Essien is flexing his muscles, pushing Luis Garcia away as the Spaniard makes a nuisance of himself.

15 mins: A bit of handbags, with Frank Lampard the protagonist. The midfielder kicks out at Bolo Zenden after Michael Ballack and Momo Sissoko clash again, with the Liverpool man dispossessing the German with a firm challenge. Lampard is booked.

14 mins: Andriy Shevchenko releases Didier Drogba on the right but he is offside. The Ivorian continues his run in on goal and, to the delight of the Liverpool fans, fires an effort well wide.

10 mins: If he was looking mean and moody before, Jose Mourinho now looking plain annoyed. Arms still folded across his chest, he didn't flinch a muscle as John Arne Riise raced though his team's defences.

"Chelsea didn't have people around the box to pick up the second ball, which allows Riise to pick up the ball in his own box. It was a direct run through at the Chelsea goal, Pennant drew some cover away and after a fantastic run he sent in a powerful shot, but the keeper should have kept it out. Liverpool are looking sharp."
Jan Molby, BBC Five Live Sport

9 mins: GOAL Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool
What a sensational goal and now we know why Chelsea are alleged to be tracking John Arne Riise. The Norwegian collects the ball from the corner in his own box and races upfield before unleashing a fierce shot from 25 yards.

8 mins: Andriy Shevchenko beats the Liverpool off-side trap and shows immense strength to hold off the attentions of the defenders and win a corner.

7 mins: That will do little to lighten Jose Mourinho's mood. Michael Ballack is booked for a needless lunge at Momo Sissoko.

6 mins: Jose Mourinho is sitting down like a sullen teenager, arms crossed on the touchline. Rafa Benitez is up and about prowling the technical area barking instructions to his men.

5 mins: It's a low key start but the Reds are enjoying more of the possession. How many times do you hear people tell you Peter Crouch's has got a good touch for a big man? Well he didn't then. His pass raced away from Luis Garcia on the edge of the area.

3 mins: Jermaine Pennant's now hogging the focus of the cameraman's attentions as he flexes his right knee. Nothing to worry about for the Reds though. He's fine.

1 min: As expected Chelsea line up playing 4-3-3. Liverpool opt for 4-4-2 with midfield wide men Jermaine Pennant and Mark Gonzalez hugging the flanks.

1459 BST: Liverpool get the ball rolling in the season's traditional curtain-raiser under grey skies.

PRE-MATCH BUILD-UP

1457 BST: Mica Paris belts out the national anthem with gusto. Her real name is Michelle Wallen and her biggest hit was "My One Temptation". There you go then. On with the football.

"Jermaine Pennant's problem has been inconsistency so if he can get a good run in this Liverpool side he will do well.
Jan Molby, BBC Five Live Sport

1455 BST: Sir Geoff Hurst gives Liverpool new boy Jermaine Pennant the thumbs up after shaking his hand.

"There is no doubt Andriy Shevchenko has already played his best football and I don't think he will reach the heights of two or three years ago when he was the best in the world. I think he will struggle in the Premiership."
Jan Molby, BBC Five Live Sport

1455 BST: Sir Geoff Hurst is introduced to the teams. The language barrier precludes him from passing the time of day with Andriy Shevchenko, but he has a good old chin-wag with former Hammer Frank Lampard.

1454 BST: The players emerge side by side and behind Jamie Carragher in the Liverpool line is John Arne Riise, who was linked with a 15m move to Stamford Bridge in some of the Sunday tabloids.

1452 BST: Those players gather deep in the bowels of the Millennium Stadium, with Jamie Carragher wearing the captain's armband for Liverpool. The crowd are being whipped into a mild frenzy with the Chemical Brothers blazing out over the PA.

1450 BST: Red and blue balloons float skywards as the pre-match hoopla nears a conclusion. The pitch is cleared in preparation for the arrival of the players.

"I haven't seen Chelsea in pre-season but I've heard that Frank Lampard hasn't clicked into any sort of gear. It will be interesting to see how he does and Frank could be the one who misses out with all the midfield options."
Jan Molby, BBC Five Live Sport

1443 BST: There are scars of empty seats at the Millennium Stadium with Chelsea having sold just 16,000 tickets.

1439 BST: Back to those captains. We've given you Andriy Shevchenko and John Terry. The other two are Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) and Michael Ballack (Germany).

1434 BST: While Chelsea, in short sleeves, are now doing little shuttle runs on the touchline, up at the other end of the pitch Liverpool, in long sleeves, are pinging the ball about in tight circles of players.

1430 BST: That win gave John Terry the chance to get his hands on some silverware and England's new captain is out on the pitch going through a series off stretches with his team-mates.

1428 BST: This is Chelsea's fifth Charity/Community Shield appearance. They have won three times, including last year when Didier Drogba's brace helped see off London rivals Arsenal.

1422 BST: And since the Shield took on its present format as an official match between the league and FA Cup winners in 1974 the Reds have won the trophy eight times - more than any other club.

1418 BST: Only Manchester United have appeared in the match more times than Liverpool. This will be the 21st time they have played in the traditional curtain-raiser and their last win was in 2001. That came when they had already opened their season with victory in the first leg of a Champions League qualifier... as they have this year

1411 BST: Liverpool's spending spree pales in comparison to Chelsea. Their whole expenditure to date is less than the 16m the Blues spent on John Mikel Obi. The new faces are Jermaine Pennant (6.7m), Craig Bellamy (6m), Gabriel Paletta (2m) and Fabio Aurelio (free).

1406 BST: Andriy Shevchenko's one of those skippers and Roman Abramovich will be confident of recouping some of the roubles spent on the striker as Chelsea have a new kit sponsor and a new kit which fans will be wanting to get their hands on. And it's the same at Liverpool so this match is a bit of a coup for adidas as they now sponsor both clubs.

1400 BST: Ridiculous fact for the day. Chelsea include four national captains in their team. You can have a bit of time to think about that one before we reveal the quartet.

"I'm very surprised by the Liverpool team. Although it appears Rafa Benitez has given a signal that this is not a priority, he's a man who likes to win trophies. Shevchenko and Ballack will be the main focus and signings don't come any bigger than those two. I'm looking forward to seeing how they're going to play and it will be fascinating to see how Jose Mourinho fits them in."
Jan Molby, BBC Five Live Sport

1358 BST: The team news is in and Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack will start. For Liverpool, Steven Gerrard, Sami Hyypia, Xabi Alonso and Craig Bellamy start on the bench.

1352 BST: It is 104 days since Chelsea finished their domestic campaign. So what's changed at Stamford Bridge in that time? Roman Abramovich, as ever, has splashed the cash and the Blues have gone for proven quality in the transfer market this time - step forward Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack.

1345 BST: So then, three months to the day since Liverpool won the FA Cup, they are back at the Millennium Stadium fighting for more silverware. It's a bit cooler than it was on that May day and there's a chance of rain.

TEAM LINE-UPS

Chelsea: Cudicini, Paulo Ferreira, Terry, Ricardo Carvalho, Essien, Geremi, Ballack, Lampard, Shevchenko, Drogba, Robben.
Subs: Hilario, Mikel, Bridge, Diarra, Kalou, Wright-Phillips, Mancienne.

Liverpool: Reina, Finnan, Agger, Carragher, Riise, Pennant, Sissoko, Zenden, Gonzalez, Crouch, Luis Garcia.
Subs: Dudek, Hyypia, Gerrard, Aurelio, Alonso, Bellamy, Sinama Pongolle.

Referee: M Atkinson (W Yorkshire).


Liverpool's results in the Charity/Community Shield

Year Score Res
1922 Huddersfield 1-0 Liverpool L
1964 Liverpool 2-2 West Ham D*
1965 Manchester Utd 2-2 Liverpool D*
1966 Liverpool 1-0 Everton W
1971 Leicester C 1-0 Liverpool L
1974 Liverpool 1-1 Leeds Utd D+
1976 Liverpool 1-0 Southampton W
1977 Liverpool 0-0 Manchester Utd D*
1979 Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal W
1980 Liverpool 1-0 West Ham W
1982 Liverpool 1-0 Tottenham W
1983 Manchester Utd 2-0 Liverpool L
1984 Everton 1-0 Liverpool L
1986 Everton 1-1 Liverpool D*
1988 Liverpool 2-1 Wimbledon W
1989 Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal W
1990 Liverpool 1-1 Manchester Utd D*
1992 Leeds Utd 4-3 Liverpool L
2001 Liverpool 2-1 Manchester Utd W
2002 Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool L
2006 Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea W


Chelsea's results in the Charity/Community Shield

Year Score Res
1955 Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle U W
1970 Everton 2-1 Chelsea L
1997 Manchester Utd 1-1 Chelsea D -
2000 Chelsea 2-0 Manchester Utd W
2005 Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal W
2006 Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea L

KEY
* The Shield was shared for six months by each team
+ Won on penalties
- Lost on penalties



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