Aug 6, 2017

Chelsea beaten on penalties in close Community Shield clash

Chelsea were beaten at Wembley by Arsenal for the second time in a row, the Blues leading until a late red card for Pedro threw them off and they were then beaten in an odd penalty shootout by the Gunners.

In a scrappy first half neither team was really able to get on top, with Arsenal having the best chance through Lacazette, who hit the post.

Chelsea took the lead after less than a minute of the second half, Victor Moses nipping in behind the defence to fire home a half volley after Gary Cahill won a towering header on the edge of the box.

From then on the Blues looked dangerous, dropping deep and attacking on the counter with Arsenal unable to create any chances against a resolute Chelsea defensive unit, with both Cahill and N’Golo Kante exceptional in preventing the Gunners creating anything.

But with time running out Pedro was given a harsh red for a tackle on Mohamed Elneny, and moment later Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac had headed his side level.

From there the game went to penalties, and in the new ABBA system both Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata failed to convert to gift the Gunners the trophy.