Ar­se­nal give Chelsea the blues

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LON­DON: Olivier Giroud scored the de­ci­sive spot kick as Ar­se­nal beat Chelsea 4-1 in a penalty shoot-out to win the Com­mu­nity Shield at Wem­b­ley yes­ter­day.

After the Premier League and FA Cup winners were locked at 1-1 fol­low­ing an evenly con­tested 90 min­utes, the French­man stroked home after Al­varo Mo­rata and Thibaut Cour­tois missed for Chelsea, in a shoot-out that tri­alled the new ‘ABBA sys­tem’.

Chelsea’s Vic­tor Moses opened the scor­ing when he re­acted fastest to smash a loose ball past Petr Cech in the 46th minute be­fore Ar­se­nal sub­sti­tute Sead Kalasinac equalised in the 82nd minute, head­ing home to cap an im­pres­sive per­for­mance.

Chelsea’s Pe­dro was dis­missed for a nasty lunge on Mo­hamed El­neny which led to Ar­se­nal’s equaliser while Arsene Wenger’s side also handed a de­but to record sign­ing Alexan­dre La­cazette.

At a sun-kissed Wem­b­ley Ar­se­nal started brightly with La­cazette, Danny Wel­beck and Alex Iwobi all hav­ing early half-chances.

Ar­se­nal’s fluid front three con­tin­ued to cause the Premier League cham­pi­ons prob­lems and mid­way through the half France for­ward La­cazette saw his curl­ing ef­fort can­non off the post.

Chelsea grew into the game and Span­ish winger Pe­dro drew a save from Cech with a fear­some drive fol­low­ing a swift counter-at­tack.

The sec­ond half was less than a minute old when Moses re­acted fastest against a static Ar­se­nal de­fence to thrash home Gary Cahill’s header.

In re­sponse, Cour­tois had to be alert to beat away a fierce, goal-bound cross from El­neny and then a rasp­ing long-range drive from Granit Xhaka be­fore the im­pres­sive Ko­lasinac nod­ded home a de­served equaliser.

Mo­rata was brought on in the clos­ing stages and the 24-year-old headed nar­rowly wide late on in what would have been the per­fect in­tro­duc­tion fol­low­ing his sum­mer ar­rival from Span­ish giants Real Madrid.

Cahill, scored for Chelsea to open the shootout, which was based on the ABBA for­mat used in ten­nis tie-breaks.

Theo Wal­cott and Na­cho Mon­real scored for Ar­se­nal be­fore Chelsea keeper Cour­tois and Mo­rata blazed high and wide re­spec­tively, leav­ing Alex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain and Giroud to con­vert in front of the ju­bi­lant Ar­se­nal sup­port­ers.

Mean­while, Vi­vianne Miedema scored twice as hosts Nether­lands beat Den­mark 4-2 to be­come only the fourth na­tion to win the women’s Euro­pean Championship since its in­cep­tion in 1984.

Un­der­dogs Den­mark took the lead through a Na­dia Nadim penalty after just five min­utes of the fi­nal, but the Dutch struck back quickly, Miedema slam­ming home Shan­ice van de San­den’s su­perb squared pass.

Lieke Martens then put the home side in front by curl­ing home a bounc­ing shot, but Pernille Harder equalised be­fore the break, cut­ting in from the right and ri­fling the ball home with her left foot.

The Dutch would not be de­nied how­ever, and Sherida Spitse scored a free-kick early in the sec­ond half be­fore Miedema put the re­sult be­yond doubt with a bril­liant run and fin­ish in the 89th minute.

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