2012 FA Community Shield
Villa Park.jpg
Date12 August 2012
VenueVilla Park, Birmingham
Man of the MatchYaya Touré (Manchester City)
RefereeKevin Friend (Leicestershire)
Attendance36,394
WeatherRain showers
19 °C (66 °F)
2011
2013

The 2012 FA Community Shield was the 90th FA Community Shield, a football match played on 12 August 2012 between the winners of the previous season's Premier League and FA Cup competitions. The match was contested by the 2012 FA Cup winners, Chelsea, and the champions of the 2011–12 Premier League, Manchester City.

The 2012 Community Shield was not played at its usual venue, Wembley Stadium, as the stadium hosted the final of the 2012 Olympic football tournament on the same weekend as the proposed date for the Community Shield. It was played instead at Aston Villa's home ground, Villa Park, in Birmingham. It was the first time since the fixture was played at Maine Road in 1973 that the Community Shield had been hosted at a venue other than Wembley (old and new) and the Millennium Stadium. Manchester City won the game 3–2 to claim their first Community Shield since 1972.

Pre-match

The 2012 Community Shield was broadcast live in the United Kingdom on ITV1. Traditionally, the Community Shield has started at 15:00 BST, but the match was due to be played on the final day of the 2012 Olympics, and therefore started at 13:30 BST.

Entry

Chelsea qualified by winning the 2012 FA Cup Final, beating Liverpool 2–1 in the final at Wembley. Chelsea beat Portsmouth 4–0, Queens Park Rangers 1–0, Birmingham City 2–0, Leicester City 5–2 and Tottenham Hotspur 5–1 en route to the final. The 2012 victory was Chelsea's seventh FA Cup triumph and consequently gained a berth in the 2012 Community Shield. The 2012 Community Shield will be Chelsea's tenth appearance in the fixture.

Manchester City qualified for their second consecutive Community Shield by clinching the Premier League title in the final minutes of the season. City made a strong start to the league season, beating rivals Manchester United 6–1 at Old Trafford in October and maintained the lead in the league for the majority of the season. However, a drop in form in March and April meant they fell eight points behind leaders Manchester United who would later drop points to Wigan Athletic and Everton. City won the last six league matches of the season, including a crucial 1–0 victory over United at the Etihad Stadium on 30 April which put City top of the league with a superior goal difference. City needed to now win the final two matches to win the league, irrespective of what United did. They beat Newcastle at St James Park, meaning victory against Queens Park Rangers would seal the title for City. Although taking an early lead, QPR scored twice in the 48th and 66th minute. It looked as if City had blown their chance to win the league with United winning 1–0 at Sunderland. However, two stoppage time goals – one from Edin Džeko and a last-minute goal from Sergio Agüero – completed a remarkable comeback to give City a 3–2 win. The league being decided on goal difference was the closest finish since Arsenal and Liverpool in 1989 and ensured Manchester City won their first top-flight league title since 1968. The 2012 Community Shield was Manchester City's ninth appearance in the fixture.

Venue

In order to avoid clashing with the Olympics, The Football Association (FA) agreed that the Community Shield would not be played in London, igniting speculation that the Community Shield would follow suit with the Supercoppa Italiana and Trophée des Champions and be played overseas. Despite the financial incentive, the FA announced that Community Shield would be held in England.

In previous years when Wembley has been unavailable, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff was used to host major events; however, its use was not seen as viable due to its hosting of other Olympic football matches in the days leading up to the Shield. Venues that were also considered included the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, which hosts its final match at the 2012 Olympics on 7 August, St James' Park in Newcastle, the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, the Etihad Stadium, Anfield in Liverpool and Villa Park in Birmingham.

However, on 1 August 2011, it was announced that Villa Park was the interim choice to host the Shield, as the other, larger venues would "still be in Olympic mode". This decision was confirmed on 18 May 2012 after the football season had concluded and it became clear Villa Park would be an ideal neutral venue half-way between the two competing clubs from London and Manchester.

Officials

The match officials for the game were confirmed on 3 July 2012. Kevin Friend of Leicestershire was named as referee, having previously been the fourth official at both the 2011 League Cup Final and the 2011 Community Shield, and refereed the 2009 FA Vase Final. Friend was assisted by Michael McDonough of Northumberland and Richard West from East Riding of Yorkshire, while the fourth official will be Anthony Taylor of Cheshire, and Charles Breakspear (Surrey) will be the reserve assistant referee.

Match

Details

12 August 2012
13:30 BST
Chelsea 2–3 Manchester City Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 36,394
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
Torres Goal 40'
Bertrand Goal 80'
Report Y. Touré Goal 53'
Tévez Goal 59'
Nasri Goal 65'
Chelsea
Manchester City
GK 1 Flag of Czech Republic Petr Čech
RB 2 Flag of Serbia Branislav Ivanović Red card 42'
CB 26 Flag of England John Terry
CB 4 Flag of Brazil David Luiz
LB 3 Flag of England Ashley Cole Booked in the 62nd minute 62'
CM 8 Flag of England Frank Lampard Booked in the 45+1th minute 45+1'
CM 12 Flag of Nigeria Mikel John Obi Booked in the 45+1th minute 45+1'
RW 7 Flag of Brazil Ramires Booked in the 32nd minute 32'
AM 10 Flag of Spain Juan Mata Substituted off in the 75th minute 75'
LW 17 Flag of Belgium Eden Hazard Substituted off in the 72nd minute 72'
CF 9 Flag of Spain Fernando Torres
Substitutes:
GK 22 Flag of England Ross Turnbull
DF 24 Flag of England Gary Cahill
DF 34 Flag of England Ryan Bertrand Booked in the 80th minute 80' Substituted on in the 72nd minute 72'
MF 5 Flag of Ghana Michael Essien
MF 16 Flag of Portugal Raul Meireles
FW 23 Flag of England Daniel Sturridge Substituted on in the 75th minute 75'
FW 40 Flag of Brazil Lucas Piazón
Manager:
Flag of Italy Roberto Di Matteo
Chelsea vs Man City 2012-08-12.png
GK 30 Flag of Romania Costel Pantilimon Booked in the 80th minute 80'
CB 15 Flag of Montenegro Stefan Savić Booked in the 11th minute 11' Substituted off in the 46th minute 46'
CB 4 Flag of Belgium Vincent Kompany (c) Booked in the 49th minute 49'
CB 5 Flag of Argentina Pablo Zabaleta
RM 7 Flag of England James Milner
CM 34 Flag of Netherlands Nigel de Jong
CM 42 Flag of Ivory Coast Yaya Touré
LM 13 Flag of Serbia Aleksandar Kolarov
AM 8 Flag of France Samir Nasri Substituted off in the 77th minute 77'
CF 16 Flag of Argentina Sergio Agüero
CF 32 Flag of Argentina Carlos Tévez Substituted off in the 89th minute 89'
Substitutes:
GK 63 Flag of Norway Eirik Holmen Johansen
DF 22 Flag of France Gaël Clichy Substituted on in the 46th minute 46'
DF 28 Flag of Ivory Coast Kolo Touré
MF 11 Flag of England Adam Johnson
MF 21 Flag of Spain David Silva Substituted on in the 77th minute 77'
MF 62 Flag of Ivory Coast Abdul Razak
FW 10 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Džeko Substituted on in the 89th minute 89'
Manager:
Flag of Italy Roberto Mancini
Man of the match
Match officials
  • Assistant referees:
    • Michael McDonough (Northumberland)
    • Richard West (East Riding of Yorkshire)
  • Fourth official: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
  • Reserve official: Charles Breakspear (Surrey)
Match rules
  • 90 minutes
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores level after 90 minutes
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of six substitutions

Statistics

Chelsea Manchester City
Total shots 9 13
Shots on target 5 9
Ball possession 46% 54%
Corner kicks 5 9
Fouls committed 14 14
Offsides 0 0
Yellow cards 5 3
Red cards 1 0

Source: ITV Sport

See also

Charity Shield and Community Shield finals

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