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2012 FA Community Shield
Villa Park
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 Soccerball 40'
Bertrand Soccerball 80'
Report Y. Touré Soccerball 53'
Tévez Soccerball 59'
Nasri Soccerball 65'
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Chelsea
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Manchester City
GK 1 Flag of Czech Petr Čech
RB 2 Flag of Serbia Branislav Ivanović Red card 42'
CB 26England John Terry
CB 4 Brazil David Luiz
LB 3 England Ashley Cole Yellow card 62'
CM 8 England Frank Lampard Yellow card 45+1'
CM 12Flag of Nigeria 001 Mikel John Obi Yellow card 45+1'
RW 7 Brazil Ramires Yellow card 32'
AM 10Flag of Spain Juan Mata Sub off 75'
LW 17Belgium Eden Hazard Sub off 72'
CF 9 Flag of Spain Fernando Torres
Substitutes:
GK 22England Ross Turnbull
DF 24England Gary Cahill
DF 34England Ryan Bertrand Yellow card 80' Sub on 72'
MF 5 Flag of Ghana Michael Essien
MF 16Flag of Portugal Raul Meireles
FW 23England Daniel Sturridge Sub on 75'
FW 40Brazil Lucas Piazón
Manager:
Flag of Italy Roberto Di Matteo
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GK 30Romania Costel Pantilimon Yellow card 80'
CB 15Flag of Montenegro Stefan Savić Yellow card 11' Sub off 46'
CB 4 Belgium Vincent Kompany (c) Yellow card 49'
CB 5 Flag of Argentina Pablo Zabaleta
RM 7 England James Milner
CM 34Netherlands Nigel de Jong
CM 42Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Yaya Touré
LM 13Flag of Serbia Aleksandar Kolarov
AM 8 Flag of France Samir Nasri Sub off 77'
CF 16Flag of Argentina Sergio Agüero
CF 32Flag of Argentina Carlos Tévez Sub off 89'
Substitutes:
GK 63Flag of Norway Eirik Holmen Johansen
DF 22Flag of France Gaël Clichy Sub on 46'
DF 28Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Kolo Touré
MF 11England Adam Johnson
MF 21Flag of Spain David Silva Sub on 77'
MF 62Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Abdul Razak
FW 10Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Džeko Sub on 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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