BIRMINGHAM: Manchester City scored three second-half goals to beat 10-man Chelsea 3-2 on Sunday in a bad-tempered Community Shield, the traditional start to the English football season. Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri gave City their first win since 1972 in the annual curtain raiser between Premier League champions City and FA Cup holders Chelsea. The match was marred by eight yellow cards and a straight red for Branislav Ivanovic for a sliding tackle into Aleksandar Kolarov's shin with studs raised. Fernando Torres and Ryan Bertrand scored the first and last goals of the match for Chelsea.
Reus claims award
BERLIN: German national team striker Marco Reus was on Sunday named footballer of the year for 2011-12. Reus, who joined Borussia Dortmund from Borussia Moenchengladbach before the start of the new season, was selected in a poll of sports journalists conducted by the magazine Kicker. The 23-year-old succeeds Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who won the poll last year. Second behind Reus was Dortmund’s Mats Hummels. Juergen Klopp, who guided Dortmund to a league and cup double last season, was named manager of the year.
Real outplay Celtic
PHILADELPHIA: Real Madrid defeated Celtic 2-0 on Saturday in the World Football Challenge. Gonzalo Higuain split two Celtic defenders and set up Joe Maria Callejon who scored in the 22nd minute. Karim Benzema added a goal in the 67th, steering a shot to the far left corner of the net that beat goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska before a crowd of 34,018 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Celtic’s Dylan McGeough was knocked out and taken off the pitch on a stretcher after smashing his chin on the shoulder of Real Madrid’s Nuri Sahin. McGeough moved his arms across his chest while being carted off the field.
DUSSELDORF: A friendly match between Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf and Portugal’s Benfica was abandoned on Saturday after the referee was body-checked by Benfica captain Luisao. Referee Christian Fischer appeared dazed and left the pitch for treatment after the 40th-minute incident. After about 15 minutes he notified Dusseldorf officials he was abandoning the match. Fischer was about to show a second yellow card to Benfica’s Javi Garcia when he was knocked over by Brazilian defender Luisao. The game was goalless at the time.