Man United beats Chelsea in Community Shield

Javier Hernandez scored in his English debut Sunday on a play
that was anything but graceful to help Manchester United beat
Chelsea 3-1 in the Community Shield – the English soccer season’s
traditional opener.

The Mexico striker stumbled as he met Antonio Valencia’s cross,
kicking the ball into his own face before it drifted into the net
in the 76th minute.

”It’s unbelievable to score and win this match,” said
Hernandez, a second-half substitute. ”It’s an unusual goal I

Valencia had put United ahead after 41 minutes, racing to Wayne
Rooney’s low cross. Dimitar Berbatov scored in stoppage time to
finish the victory. Chelsea’s Salomon Kalou scored in the 83rd
minute, getting the rebound after Edwin van der Sar stopped Daniel
Sturridge’s shot.

This is the third time in four years Manchester United has won
the Community Shield. Chelsea won last year and went on to end
United’s three-year grip on the Premier League trophy.

United was limited to winning the League Cup last season, but
resisted an overhaul. The only players to join the team were
Hernandez and 20-year-old defender Chris Smalling from Fulham.

United opens league play Aug. 16 against Newcastle. Chelsea
hosts West Bromwich Albion in the season opener Saturday.

”It’s not been a good preseason, we have lost four games,”
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said. ”We played too slow in the
first half – it was not our best day. But this is normal, it can
happen at the start of the season.”

In the opening round of the Dutch league, FC Groningen held Ajax
to a 2-2 draw and Feyenoord scored three goals in the second half
to defeat FC Utrecht 3-1. In the Swedish league, Stefan Selakovic
scored a hat trick to help IFK Goteborg rout Hacken 5-1.