Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United
Man City 2 - 3 Man Utd
Nani's 94th-minute winner completed a superb comeback by Manchester United as they overcame derby rivals Manchester City to clinch the Community Shield.
With no extra-time to be played and penalties looming, the Portuguese winger pounced on some hesitant City defending to run on to a Wayne Rooney clearance, round Joe Hart and slot home.
City had led 2-0 at half-time after a shaky start by United's Spanish keeper David De Gea saw him beaten by Joleon Lescott's header and Edin Dzeko's long-distance drive.
But United, beaten at Wembley on their last two visits - by Barcelona in the Champions League final and City in the FA Cup semi-final - responded by taking the game to their neighbours and ultimately they got their reward.
Chris Smalling reduced the deficit when he turned in Ashley Young's free-kick before Nani levelled before the hour mark by finishing off a stunning passing move.
City held firm and even threatened to retake the lead when Adam Johnson and Micah Richards tested De Gea, but it was United who laid down the marker for the forthcoming Premier League campaign, beginning the defence of their title by collecting more silverware.
In truth, Sir Alex Ferguson's men could have been out of sight by the time City scored, with new signing Young quickly looking at home down the left flank, but they could not make the most of their vastly superior possession.
Young had a shot deflected narrowly wide before Lescott blocked Smalling's volley on the line, but United's best efforts were free-kicks from Rooney and Nani which flew narrowly off target, the latter deflecting off Dzeko.
CHRIS BEVAN'S BLOG
“Ferguson said in his post-match media conference that he has "trust and confidence" in all his young players, and clearly that works both ways - his players respond to the faith he puts in them”
City, in contrast, were lethargic in every area of the pitch and their main contribution in the first half-hour was to keep referee Phil Dowd busy, with Micah Richards among four of their players booked early on, in his case for a wild lunge on Young.
At that stage, debutant De Gea had been given next to nothing to do in United's goal - which was why City's opener was a huge surprise when it arrived in the 38th minute.
David Silva whipped in a cross from the right and Rio Ferdinand appeared to leave the ball for his keeper, who had stopped, allowing Lescott to glance his header home.
If there were doubts over who was culpable on that occasion, there were none when Dzeko made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time.
Fergie's young guns
- The average age of Manchester United's team in the second half was just 22
United's defence backed off to allow the Bosnian space to shoot from 25 yards out and, although there was plenty of pace behind his shot, De Gea appeared to react too slowly and dived after it had flown past him.
Ferguson's response to seeing his side trail at the break was to make three changes, bringing on another new signing Phil Jones and Jonny Evans to replace Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at the back, and introducing Tom Cleverley into his midfield.
His changes brought almost instant dividends, with United pouring forward following the restart.
Smalling reduced the deficit from close range when Young's free-kick evaded Lescott and, six minutes later, Nani levelled when he rounded off a quick-fire passing move involving Rooney and Cleverley.
It seemed United's momentum would overwhelm their neighbours but City, to their credit, stood firm. United remained the more dangerous with their rapid attacks but they did not force Joe Hart into another save before striking right at the death.
Rooney hooked clear from a City corner and with Vincent Kompany standing off, Nani nipped past Yaya Toure and kept his cool to beat Hart and settle an enthralling contest.
- 25 Hart
- 02 Richards Booked
- 04 Kompany
- 06 Lescott
- 13 Kolarov Booked (Clichy - 73' )
- 07 Milner Booked (Johnson - 67' )
- 21 Silva
- 34 De Jong
- 42 Y Toure Booked
- 10 Dzeko Booked
- 45 Balotelli (Barry - 59' )
- 12 Taylor
- 15 Savic
- 22 Clichy
- 08 Wright-Phillips
- 11 Johnson
- 18 Barry
- 16 Aguero
- 01 De Gea
- 03 Evra Booked (Rafael - 71' )
- 05 Ferdinand (Jones - 46' )
- 12 Smalling
- 15 Vidic (Evans - 46' )
- 08 Anderson Booked
- 16 Carrick (Cleverley - 46' )
- 17 Nani
- 18 Young
- 10 Rooney
- 19 Welbeck (Berbatov - 89' )
- 34 Lindegaard
- 04 Jones
- 21 Rafael
- 23 Evans
- 13 Park Ji-sung
- 35 Cleverley
- 09 Berbatov
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee ends the match.90:00 +3:03 Goal scored
Goal! - Luis Nani - Man City 2 - 3 Man Utd Luis Nani gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Man City 2-3 Man Utd.90:00 +2:14
Unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko by Rafael Da Silva results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Silva.90:00 +0:26
Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Micah Richards results in a free kick. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick.89:36
Luis Nani takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany. Shot from inside the area by Tom Cleverley clears the bar.88:48
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Comfortable save by David De Gea.87:59
Joleon Lescott takes the direct free kick.87:59 Substitution
Substitution Dimitar Berbatov replaces Danny Welbeck.87:59
Free kick awarded for a foul by Oliveira Anderson on Edin Dzeko.86:55
Outswinging corner taken by David Silva, Micah Richards challenges Chris Smalling unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David De Gea.86:24
The ball is swung over by Ashley Young, comfortable save by Joe Hart.85:41
Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young, save made by Joe Hart.83:47
Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.81:21
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Micah Richards by Ashley Young. Joe Hart takes the free kick.79:56
The referee gives a free kick against Edin Dzeko for handball. Direct free kick taken by David De Gea.79:00
Tom Cleverley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.78:15
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Cleverley by Adam Johnson. Tom Cleverley restarts play with the free kick.75:52
Adam Johnson takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.74:41
Corner from left by-line taken by David Silva.73:39
Corner taken left-footed by David Silva, Micah Richards takes a shot. Clearance made by Tom Cleverley.
Substitution Gael Clichy comes on in place of Aleksandar Kolarov.72:22
Luis Nani has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.70:36
Wayne Rooney has an effort direct from the free kick.70:36 Substitution
Substitution Rafael Da Silva on for Patrice Evra.70:36
Vincent Kompany concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Young.66:38 Substitution
Substitution Adam Johnson comes on in place of James Milner.65:41
Chris Smalling challenges Edin Dzeko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the direct free kick.62:27
Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.62:07
Ashley Young decides to take a short corner.61:54
Wayne Rooney has a drilled shot. Blocked by Gareth Barry.61:27
Corner taken by Ashley Young.59:58 Booking
Booking Aleksandar Kolarov is cautioned.58:12 Substitution
Substitution Mario Balotelli leaves the field to be replaced by Gareth Barry.57:04
Assist on the goal came from Tom Cleverley.57:04 Goal scored
Goal! - Luis Nani - Man City 2 - 2 Man Utd Luis Nani grabs a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Man City 2-2 Man Utd.56:09
Effort on goal by Ashley Young from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.54:57
Ashley Young has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.54:57 Booking
Booking Booking for James Milner.54:43
James Milner challenges Luis Nani unfairly and gives away a free kick.51:39
Assist on the goal came from Ashley Young.51:39 Goal scored
Goal! - Chris Smalling - Man City 2 - 1 Man Utd A goal is scored by Chris Smalling from close range low into the middle of the goal. Man City 2-1 Man Utd.51:03
Free kick awarded for a foul by Micah Richards on Ashley Young. The ball is crossed by Ashley Young,49:49
Mario Balotelli fouled by Chris Smalling, the ref awards a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the direct free kick.49:19
Headed effort from inside the area by Danny Welbeck misses to the right of the goal.48:01
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by David Silva. Patrice Evra takes the direct free kick.45:01
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Nemanja Vidic goes off and Jonathan Evans comes on.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Phil Jones comes on in place of Rio Ferdinand.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Michael Carrick goes off and Tom Cleverley comes on.45:00 +2:41 Half time
Half Time The half-time whistle blows.45:00 +2:01
Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.45:00 +0:05 Goal scored
Goal! - Edin Dzeko - Man City 2 - 0 Man Utd Edin Dzeko scores a goal. Man City 2-0 Man Utd.41:31
Long distance shot from Ashley Young misses to the left of the target.40:27
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Silva, save made by David De Gea.39:04
David Silva shoots direct from the free kick.39:04 Booking
Booking Patrice Evra shown a yellow card.38:48
Patrice Evra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Milner.38:27
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Hart by Luis Nani. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.37:30
Assist by David Silva.37:30 Goal scored
Goal! - Joleon Lescott - Man City 1 - 0 Man Utd Joleon Lescott finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Man City 1-0 Man Utd.36:40
Unfair challenge on James Milner by Patrice Evra results in a free kick. A cross is delivered by David Silva,35:54
Luis Nani has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.35:36
Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line.34:07
Foul by Nigel De Jong on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Luis Nani from the free kick, blocked by Edin Dzeko.33:09
Oliveira Anderson takes the free kick.33:09 Booking
Booking The referee cautions Gnegneri Toure Yaya for dissent.32:55
Vincent Kompany challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick.31:58
Aleksandar Kolarov takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Danny Welbeck.28:14
Shot by James Milner from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.26:27
Corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Edin Dzeko.26:09
Gnegneri Toure Yaya concedes a free kick for a foul on Oliveira Anderson. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.25:27
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.24:55
Oliveira Anderson takes a short corner.21:14
Shot comes in from Wayne Rooney from the free kick.21:14 Booking
Booking The referee shows Micah Richards a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.20:49
Free kick awarded for a foul by Micah Richards on Ashley Young.18:55
Oliveira Anderson restarts play with the free kick.18:55 Booking
Booking Edin Dzeko is shown a yellow card.18:51 Booking
Booking Oliveira Anderson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.18:32
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Oliveira Anderson by Edin Dzeko.14:30
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a corner.13:34
The referee blows for offside against Edin Dzeko. Nemanja Vidic takes the direct free kick.12:42
Nemanja Vidic challenges Mario Balotelli unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Micah Richards.11:21
Unfair challenge on James Milner by Wayne Rooney results in a free kick. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the direct free kick.9:03
The assistant referee signals for offside against Wayne Rooney. Free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.8:11
The official flags Micah Richards offside. Indirect free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.7:09
Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrice Evra on Micah Richards. James Milner takes the direct free kick.6:20
Danny Welbeck fouled by Joleon Lescott, the ref awards a free kick. Patrice Evra restarts play with the free kick.5:36
James Milner takes the outswinging corner, Danny Welbeck makes a clearance.4:21
Corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.3:27
Chris Smalling takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.3:07
Oliveira Anderson decides to take the corner short.2:49
Ashley Young takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.0:40
Patrice Evra fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Young crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Nigel De Jong manages to make a clearance.0:00
The match begins.
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