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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 August 2006, 16:54 GMT 17:54 UK
Chelsea 3-0 Man City
By John Sinnott

Andriy Shevchenko shields the ball from Sylvain Distin
Andriy Shevchenko made his Premiership debut
Chelsea began their bid to win a third successive Premiership title with an easy win over 10-man Manchester City.

The visitors were chasing the game from the 11th minute after John Terry headed in Arjen Robben's free-kick.

Chelsea doubled their lead on 26 minutes when Nicky Weaver was powerless to stop Frank Lampard's deflected shot.

City's miserable day was compounded just past the hour when Bernado Corradi was sent off and Didier Drogba added a third goal with a superb diving header.

Corradi's second booking was for a wild lunge at Michael Essien and the Italian was not the only City player to display a lack of discipline.

Ben Thatcher was guilty of a needless foul on Robben, which provided Chelsea with the free-kick that led to their first goal.

If only City had shown a bit more zeal in attack but they were rarely able to trouble Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.

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Chelsea had a host of players missing, including new signing Michael Ballack, but manager Jose Mourinho was still able to name 10 internationals in his team.

One of those internationals was Andriy Shevchenko, who - on his league debut for Chelsea - showed some deft touches.

But Shevchenko was unable to find the net and it was left to Drogba to show the Ukraine forward how to put the ball in the net when he flung himself at Wayne Bridge's cross to head past Weaver.

Chelsea's almost total control of the game stemmed from a couple of first-half goals, provided by two of their England internationals.

Terry had marked his first game as England captain with a goal in midweek against Greece and it was not long before he was wheeling away in celebration on his return to club football.

Thatcher recklessly tripped Robben near the touchline and the Dutchman's dangerous curling free-kick was flicked past Weaver by Terry.

The Manchester City goalkeeper, who last played in a Premiership game back in April 2001 against Everton, was soon to be beaten for a second time.

After good work by Robben and Essien, Lampard worked space for a shot, which took a deflection off Richard Dunne to give Weaver no chance of stopping the ball.

Two minutes before the interval, Weaver threw himself to his left to push a swerving shot from Essien.

With Chelsea in such an omnipotent mood, City were restricted to a few tame shots - one from Trevor Sinclair, another from American Claudio Reyna, while debutant Ousmane Dabo also tried his luck.

Just before the hour, City manager Stuart Pearce introduced two substitutes, replacing Georgios Samaras and Dabo with Paul Dickov and Darius Vassell.

Having tried to reinvigorate his attack, Pearce soon lost one of his strikers as Corradi, another of City's debutants, saw red.

Drogba's goal then served to inflict only more pain on his side.


Chelsea: Cudicini, Paulo Ferreira, Terry, Ricardo Carvalho, Bridge, Wright-Phillips (Kalou 72), Lampard, Essien, Robben (Diarra 79), Shevchenko, Drogba (Mikel 83).
Subs Not Used: Hilario, Mancienne.

Booked: Essien.

Goals: Terry 11, Lampard 26, Drogba 78.

Man City: Weaver, Richards, Distin, Dunne, Thatcher, Sinclair, Barton, Dabo (Vassell 57), Reyna (Ireland 72), Corradi, Samaras (Dickov 57).
Subs Not Used: Hart, Danny Mills.

Sent Off: Corradi (63).

Booked: Dabo, Corradi, Dickov.

Att: 41,953

Ref: S Bennett (Kent).

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