LONDON - Chelsea got their hands on the first trophy of the English season on Sunday when they beat Manchester United on penalties to win the curtain-raising Community Shield after a lively Wembley encounter had ended 2-2. United, preparing for their Premier League title defence without the departed Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez, took an early lead through the impressive Nani. Carlo Ancelotti's side improved markedly after the break and Ricardo Carvalho headed them level seven minutes after the interval before Frank Lampard struck with 20 minutes to go. PHOTOS: Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United Wayne Rooney, who was joined in attack for the final 15 minutes by United's new signing Michael Owen, then showed a cool head to beat Chelsea keeper Petr Cech in stoppage time after being sent clear by Ryan Giggs. It proved in vain for United, however, as Giggs and Patrice Evra both had their spot kicks saved by Cech and Salomon Kalou fired high past Ben Foster to settle it, with Chelsea winning the shootout 4-1. It is the first competitive shootout the Blues have won in six attempts, following defeats to Manchester United in the 2007 Community Shield and 2008 Champions League final, Liverpool in the 2007 Champions League semi-final, Charlton Athletic in the Carling Cup in 2005 and Burnley in the same competition last season. Chelsea also lost a penalty shootout against Lokomotiv Moscow in an August 2008 friendly. GALLERY: Chelsea's penalty shootout hoodoo
9 August 2009
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