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Community Shield as it happened

COMMUNITY SHIELD

Man Utd 0-0 Portsmouth (Man Utd win 3-1 on penalties)
Match report

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

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By Paul Fletcher

1720: Well, that is that. The first time a team from outside the 'big four' is involved in the Community Shield since Newcastle in 1996 but they cannot wrestle it from the grasp of England's biggest clubs.

Thanks for all your contributions today and lets hope that when the top-flight season starts next weekend we are treated to some goals in normal time.

1718: I cannot finish without some player rater chat. It might not come as a surprise to know that Carlos Tevez came out on top after 90 minutes with 7.77. Why don't you get involved?
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1715: United crack the champagne open on the pitch as the tannoy cranks into life and great big streamers fly all over the place. But the rain is falling and their heart isn't really in it. They are just going through the motions.

1713: "It was a good workout for us. We had to defend well and I think we did that today. We will take a lot of confidence into the opening game."
Portsmouth goalkeeper David James

1709: Up steps Gary Neville, doing what he does best, leading the troops. The 33-year-old lifts the shield as United claim it for the 13th time. Or does he? Neville discusses a joint lift with Giggs, who seems to say "Go on Gary, you do it on your own". Gary is about to lift said trophy when he is told to wait until all the players have their medals.

Eventually grinning Gary lifts the shield.

1707: United start the season with silverware, however I cannot but think that it is a chance missed for Pompey as the men from the south coast walk up the steps to collect their losers medals.

1704: Oh dear. Some shocking penalties from Pompey. Diarra and Johnson both very guilty of badly missing the target.

UNITED WIN THE COMMUNITY SHIELD

JOHNSON MISSES Portsmouth 1-3 Man Utd
CARRICK SCORES Portsmouth 1-3 Man Utd
MVUEMBA MISSES Portsmouth 1-2 Man Utd
GIGGS SCORES Portsmouth 1-2 Man Utd
DEFOE SCORES Portsmouth 1-1 Man Utd
TEVEZ SCORES Portsmouth 0-1 Man Utd
DIARRA MISSES Portsmouth 0-0 Man Utd

1659: So, Diarra against Van der Sar.

1657: The penalties will take place in front of the United fans. Pompey will take the first one. Pompey keeper James certainly looks very relaxed.

1655: "So penalties will decide the outcome of the Community Shield - but both managers will take something from what was a strenuous and occasionally feisty work out.

"United looked energetic and in good shape to start the season, while Pompey (with due deference to whoever voted Carlos Teves the official man of the match) had the game's outstanding performer in Lassana Diarra.

"Pompey will work on their strike partnership of Defoe and Crouch, while United know they have the firepower of Wayne Rooney battling to play in next week's opening game against Newcastle.

"Not a classic, but I recall far worse curtain-raisers than this."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1652: Full-time Man Utd 0-0 Portsmouth
The most exciting 90 minutes at Wembley this season comes to an end and we have penalties.

1651: A late chance for Pompey as Johnson picks out Defoe, who cannot quite execute a swift turn and shot. A far from classic afternoon for Jermain.

1649: Back-to-back corners for United amount to nothing. We are headin' for penalties.

1648: The superb Tevez dispossesses Diarra before shooting at goal. His strike is deflected for a corner.

1647: Three minutes of injury time. Three minutes for someone to score or we go to penalties.

1645: Fletcher and Distin square up. Tasty. The mature Giggs acts as peacemaker.

1644: Five minutes of normal time left and Pompey are awarded a free-kick which is smashed way over the United goal. It is fair to say Harry Redknapp is less than thrilled.

1642: (See 1634) "Grabbing the throat is not a red card offence. The official line is a player who raises his hands hands into a players face runs the risk of a red card."
James, a referee, but working, via text on 81111

I'm not sure Tevez would have had any real complaints had he seen red. Raise your hands these days and you risk trouble.

1640: United sub Campbell has only been on the pitch a minute but superbly creates some space for himself but then disappoints by shooting over the crossbar.

1637: John Utaka shoots at goal and Edwin van der Sar is finally called into action.

Arnold Mvuemba is on for Pedro Mendes and Lauren replaces Hermann Hreidarsson for Pompey. United's Nani makes way for Fraizer Campbell, who played at Wembley for Hull in the Championship play-off final.

1634: United should have been awarded a penalty after Hreidarsson, on the ground, grabs hold of Tevez's leg as the Argentine tries to skip over him. Tevez is not thrilled when Peter Walton waves play on. A spat ensues between the two players and Tevez grabs hold of Hreidarsson's throat with his hand. A red card offence that goes unpunished. What happened to R-E-S-P-E-C-T?

1631: Papa Bouba Diop puts in a decent cross from the right and Peter Crouch almost profits from hesitant Nemanja Vidic defending. The striker gets the better of the defender six yards from goal but his shot is off target.

1629: Cracking effort by Tevez, with a turn and shot from 20 yards. Superb save by James, who demonstrates his athleticism.

1628: Another comfortable save for James as the match moves slowly and inexorably towards penalties. As someone just pointed out to me, Pompey could actually win this match.

1624: Pompey enjoy a brief and all-too rare period in possession. It amounts to nothing.

United are much more effective on the ball and Fletcher slips in Giggs but the veteran rather scuffs his 18-yard effort with his right foot.

Gary Neville and John O'Shea make way for Wes Brown and Michael Carrick.

1620: "United may have many more important priorities once the real action starts, but no-one can accuse them of taking it easy. Carlos Tevez is starting to have a real influence.

"Fabio Capello looks sanguine in his seat - watching as Glen Johnson plays himself out of England contention with a fair degree of aplomb. This will obviously be the cue for Johnson to set up Portsmouth's opener.

"Sylvain Distin looks far more impressive and has needed to bail out a ring-rusty Sol Campbell on occasion."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1617: Mesmeric dribbling skills from Tevez, who jinks and feints his way through the Pompey defence before shooting from a tight angle. James collects.

United's performance has been one of cameo roles but with no leading man. The main contender would be Fletcher - and unfortunately for him in the role of pantomime villain following his first-half miss.

Pompey make a change with John Utaka replacing Niko Kranjcar.

1614: United continue to look the most comfortable in possession, though lacking in cutting edge. With Tevez and Giggs up front, United lack a focal point in attack. Having said that, they have been a lot more involved than Crouch and Defoe.

1611: The Pompey defence has hardly been convincing all afternoon and is creaking now. Distin scuffs an interception and the ball goes out for a corner.

1608: James comes for a corner and punches the ball to the edge of the box. Who is lurking? A certain Darren Fletcher, who slips a Pompey midfielder and aims at goal from 20 yards. James gets a fingertip to the ball, enough to divert it on to the crossbar.

1605: I'm hoping Fergie throws on a few of the younger players from the United bench in the second-half. Plenty of chat about how good they are on 606. I'd like to see for myself.
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1604: Back under way at Wembley, which is in north west London.

1556: BTW, if the game is level at full-time we proceed directly to the lottery of the penalty shoot-out, no messing around.

1553: If this game was on pay-per-view and I had shelled out some of my hard-earned cash to watch it I would be extraordinarily unhappy. Just two teams feeling their way into the new season. It is almost as bad as your average FA Cup Final.

1552: "Bring on Campbell for Fletcher and Carrick for O'Shea and our team will be much more balanced. At the moment we are relying on Nani (too random) and Tevez (hardly involved) to create our chances."
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1545: Half-time Man Utd 0-0 Portsmouth
Not great, United the better team. Fletcher will have nightmares about that miss. A shocker.

"Lively enough without being spectacular - and not much "respect the ref" around from Pompey fans who feel the officials have been heavily in favour of Manchester United.

"The partnership of Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe is very much a work in progress, while for United Nani has produced his usual madcap blend of brilliance and mediocrity. Good to see Gary Neville easing his way back into action in composed fashion."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1544: The new Respect code is in effect in this game. Nemanja Vidic is booked for kicking the ball away, Sylvain Distin entered it earlier following some unnecessary chat.

1542: A rare opening for Pompey after a slip from Evra but Defoe drills the ball low and very wide. That won't have impressed Fab watching from the stands.

1542: Fletcher slips the ball to the increasingly influential Nani, who shoots across goal and wide.

1540: Nani flicks the ball over Campbell's head and blasts past him as though the defender was not there. James comes out of his goal to narrow the angle, Nani is short of options and Distin is able to clear. Blistering pace from Nani though.

1539: I am thinking that Peter Crouch would like to be a little more involved in this match.

1535: Fletcher fluffs a massive chance for United. Embarrassing - and to think the man has the same surname as me.

Nani really picks Johnson's pocket in an area where no defender should lose the ball and squares it to Fletcher six yards from goal. Fletcher is completely unmarked. Somehow Fletcher's effort actually goes away from goal.

1532: Papa Bouba Diop tries to volley past Edwin van der Sar on his weaker foot, on the turn and from 30 yards. The ball dribbles wide.

1529: Confusion between Sol Campbell and David James almost allows Ryan Giggs to snatch the ball. Somehow the Pompey duo manage to clear the danger. Unconvincing.

1529: "Harry Redknapp's history is littered with shrewd signings, and Lassana Diarra comes near the top of that list. He has already shown glimpses of the quality that made his impatience at failing to gain action at Chelsea and Arsenal in particular a mystery.

"In an era when holding midfield players are prize assets, he is demonstrating out here that he is right up there with the best."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1526: A decent opening for Ryan Giggs, who collects John O'Shea's through ball and forces a save from David James with a crisp strike from a tight angle.

1522: Lassana Diarra tries his luck for Pompey but his effort flies high and wide. I think it would be fair to say that Defoe and Crouch are still working things out.

United showcase some great tight passing skills but the final, killer ball is poor.

1519: Just to clear up the mystery of the national anthem - the singer, several people report, is one Hayley Westenra.

1517: "United don't seem to be bothered about this. Most of this game so far, we have been playing with nobody upfront. Most of the time Tevez, Giggs and Nani are all wide and Fletcher is coming into the centre."
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Tevez heads wide at the near post from Fletcher's cross.

1515: A teasing ball in from Gary Neville. How we've all missed the silky crossing skills of United's right-back. The ball goes out for a corner that comes to nothing.

1514: The ball breaks to Carlos Tevez, he is onside and through on goal but the angle is tight and Sylvain Distin gets across to make a timely block.

1512: Patrice Evra catches Papa Bouba Diop on the knee and the giant midfielder is brought crashing to earth. Still, the Senegal midfielder is soon back on his feet.

1511: United do look the more threatening team, while we have yet to see anything of Pompey's Little & Large show - Defoe and Crouch.

1510: No clear openings to tell you about so far. United had a free-kick in a wide position but an awful low ball drilled into the area was a complete waste.

1508: "Peter Crouch gets a warm welcome from Portsmouth fans and a predictably hostile anti-Liverpool greeting from Manchester United's supporters - don't forget he was once booed on in an England game at Old Trafford.

"Good atmosphere - although the sound levels have dropped considerably now Wembley's resident tannoy announcer has stopped the trademark bellowing that scars every occasion at this stadium."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1506: (See 1453) "Tell anonymous that Possebon has the talent to be a great midfielder - think Paul Scholes with a touch of Roy Keane thrown in (i.e he has an engine and can tackle)"
Jon, Northampton, via text on 81111

I understand he has an Italian passport via his father's heritage. Hmm.

1503: The sun is out, the atmosphere decent and the start to the match a touch scrappy.

1500: The match is under way. And to clear up some confusion on 606, Nani can play today but will miss the opening two games of the Premier League campaign.

1459: "I want to meet the lady who is singing. Damn. Any idea who it is Fletch?"
MU-Blade on 606
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None, but I fully understand where you are coming from.

New hairdo for David James. I think they are what are known as corn rolls.

1456: Quiet, national anthem time.

1453: "Who is Possebon - never heard of him?"
Anonymous via text on 81111

Good question. He is a Brazilian midfielder, first name Rodrigo. He joined United from Internacional.

1450: England coach Fabio Capello is at Wembley, signing autographs and looking relaxed.

1449: (See 1431) "September 29 2007. Pompey 7-4 Reading."
Joe, a cherries fan from Bournemouth, via text on 81111

Very fair point.

1444: TEAM NEWS
Gary Neville makes his first start since breaking his ankle in March 2007 and he captains Manchester United at Wembley.

Sir Alex Ferguson selects John O'Shea to partner Paul Scholes in the centre of midfield and, in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo (ankle) and Wayne Rooney (virus), Ryan Giggs is up front with Carlos Tevez.

Portsmouth have 11m summer signing Peter Crouch partnering Jermain Defoe in their attack and Lassana Diarra shakes off an ankle injury to play in midfield.

1440: TEAM LINE-UPS
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, O'Shea, Scholes, Giggs, Nani, Tevez.
Subs: Kuszczak, Brown, Carrick, Evans, Campbell, Possebon, Da Silva.

Portsmouth: James, Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Hreidarsson, Diop, Pedro Mendes, Diarra, Kranjcar, Crouch, Defoe.
Subs: Ashdown, Utaka, Mvuemba, Sahar, Lauren, Cranie, Traore.

Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

1434: Just seen some images of Cristiano Ronaldo at Wembley. He is obviously not playing today as he is injured but boy is he sporting a suntan. Don't see many like that in Burnage.

1431: "Domestic football in the summer sucks! Can anyone remember a single game, from any season, before October that was any good? Still gunna watch though."
Cold War Kid on 606
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Excitement levels are threatening to go through the roof on 606. I mean come on, there must have been plenty of t.drawer drama before October.

1426: "Wembley is in north west London, not west. West London is Heathrow and I believe that is where Ronaldo will go in January for Madrid!"
oldskool3000 on 606
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This could get interesting. I live in west London for sure and can see Wembley from just outside my flat. Hence I have always classed it as west London. I was just about to tell you how very wrong you are when somebody sat very close to me said that you are right. However, to say that Heathrow is west London is a touch cheeky 'cus I'm pretty sure that Ealing, Acton, Shepherds Bush etc are all west London as well and they are, quite literally, miles from Heathrow.

And anyway, is Heathrow not south west London?

1422: "I don't think this has got the hallmarks of a classic game really, it's just a curtain-raiser for the season ahead. I think Pompey will take more from this than United will."
The Jonster Monster on 606
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I'm sensing that you can hardly contain your excitement.

1418: Some early team news - Gary Neville starts for United. We'll have more on that real soon.

1415: Community Shield. August. Sunshine. All smiles. Not this year. I can officially confirm with my own eyes that leaden skies are the order of the day in good old west London.

1410: I know you'll find this hard to believe but football is not the only sport taking place this afternoon.

Over in China we have the Olympics, brought to you by Caroline Cheese. Who is not in China.
Live - Olympics

And England are pushing for victory in the fourth Test against South Africa. That's cricket, by the way.
Live text - England v South Africa

1405 BST: It's not often that we get a team from outside the 'big four' competing in the Community Shield but we sure have today as Portsmouth play Manchester United in the traditional curtain-raiser.

I'm never really sure what we learn from watching the Community Shield and as United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said of the fixture: "It's always a game we never quite use as a do-or-die thing, we use it as a barometer for fitness."

But maybe this year Pompey will add a bit of edge to the encounter in an effort to land some silverware nice and early.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on it all.


see also
Man Utd 0-0 Portsmouth
10 Aug 08 |  Football
We deserved Shield win - Ferguson
10 Aug 08 |  Football
Community Shield photos
10 Aug 08 |  Football


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