After the joy and wonder of an Olympic fortnight that will never be forgotten, English football delivered an ugly opening to the new season as Manchester City came from behind to beat 10-man Chelsea 3-2 at Villa Park.

Second-half goals from Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri gave the Premier League champions their first Shield triumph since 1972.

But it was the succession of niggly tackles, eight yellow cards and a straight red for Branislav Ivanovic that left the biggest impression as Chelsea lost out, despite Fernando Torres and Ryan Bertrand scoring the first and last goals.

 

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