Bulgaria international striker DIMITAR BERBATOV (9), who scored 12 goals in 33 Premier League games for Manchester United last season, lobs Chelsea’s Portugal international goalkeeper HILARIO from just outside the box in the 90th minute of the FA Charity Shield Match at Wembley Stadium in London, England. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
FA CHARITY SHIELD
at Wembley Stadium
1 – CHELSEA ————————— Kalou 84′
3 – MANCHESTER UNITED — Valencia 40′, Hernandez 74′, Berbatov 90′
Ecuador international winger ANTONIO VALENCIA produced the first goal of the game and then prompted the second as MANCHESTER UNITED defeated defending Premier League champions CHELSEA 3-1 to claim the 2010 FA CHARITY SHIELD before a crowd of 84,623 at Wembley Stadium in London.
England World Cup striker WAYNE ROONEY latched onto a long ball on the right flank and, after checking over his shoulder to note the position of teammates, played a sublime ball into space for Valencia to run onto and fire home five minutes before the halftime break.
Chelsea actually created several good scoring opportunities throughout the match only to find Manchester United’s veteran goalkeeper EDWIN VAN DER SAR in mid-season form. The 39-year-old Dutch international, who has the domestic record of 130 caps for the Netherlands, pulled off his best save with the game still scoreless after denying the close-quarters header from Chelsea’s Serbia World Cup defender BRANISLAV IVANOVIC. Later in the second half, van der Sar made another diving, one-handed save from Chelsea substitute striker DEAN STURRIDGE.
After the break and following a fine run down the right flank, Valencia squared the ball for Manchester United newboy JAVIER HERNANDEZ to dispatch into the net. The 22-year-old striker, a summer signing from Mexican club CD Guadalajara, actually had his first-time shot steer off the side of his own face before crossing the line. Nevertheless, a goal for the youthful Hernandez, then, on his competitive debut for the Red Devils and on no less of a stage than storied Wembley Stadium.
Ivory Coast World Cup striker SALOMON KALOU scored on a rebound after van der Sar had made yet another save to bring Chelsea within striking distance late.
However, Bulgaria international DIMITAR BERBATOV, who started the match on Manchester United’s bench in favor of England international MICHAEL OWEN, hammered the final nail in Chelsea in the 90th minute.
Portugal international winger NANI, a second half substitute for Man Utd, started the play with a clever little chip for the 29-year-old striker to run onto and easily lob Chelsea’s hopelessly out of position goalkeeper, the Portugal international HILARIO.
Manchester United have now won the FA Charity Shield outright 14 times (and shared it on four other occasions); the Red Devils first lifted the FA Charity Shield in 1908.
CHELSEA : Hilario ; Cole (Zhirkov 79′), Terry, Ferreira (Bruma 79′), Ivanovic ; Obiki (Drogba 60), Essien, Lampard, Malouda (Benayoun 72) ; Kalou, Anelka (Sturridge 60′)
MANCHESTER UNITED : van der Sar ; O’Shea, Vidic, Evans, da Silva (Smalling 71′) ; Park (Nani 46′), Carrick (Giggs 79), Scholes (Fletcher 80′), Valencia ; Owen (Hernandez 46′), Rooney (Berbatov 46′)