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

scored.”

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.