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Arsenal beats Chelsea in shootout to win Community Shield

Arsenal players celebrate after scoring during the English Community Shield soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, Sun...
Chelsea's Victor Moses, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's first goal during the English Community Shield soccer match between A...
Arsenal players celebrate after scoring during the English Community Shield soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, Sun...
Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac, right, celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the English Community Shield soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea ...

Arsenal players celebrate after scoring during the English Community Shield soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, Sun...

Chelsea's Victor Moses, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's first goal during the English Community Shield soccer match between A...

Arsenal players celebrate after scoring during the English Community Shield soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, Sun...

Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac, right, celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the English Community Shield soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea ...

LONDON (AP) — Arsenal collected the Community Shield after beating Chelsea 4-1 in a penalty shootout on Sunday that used an experimental format mixing up the order of the spotkicks.

After the traditional curtain-raiser to the English season ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, Olivier Giroud scored the winning penalty. The striker ensured the FA Cup holders opened the season just as they finished the last campaign — by beating the Premier League champions to secure silverware at Wembley Stadium.

It was a meeting at English soccer's national stadium in March that saw soccer's lawmakers agree to test out a new pattern that would see the order mixed up between teams A and B to ABBAABBAAB.

Only six penalties were required in Sunday's game after Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Alvaro Morata both missed in succession. Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Giroud then both converted their kicks to clinch the victory.

Chelsea had led during the game, with Victor Moses scoring inside a minute of the second half.

But Arsenal leveled immediately after gaining a man advantage. Pedro Rodriguez, wearing a mask after being injured on Chelsea's pre-season tour of Asia, was dismissed in the 80th minute for a studs-up sliding challenge on Mohamed Elneny.

It proved even costlier when the resulting free kick by Granit Xhaka was headed in by new defensive recruit Sead Kolasinac.


Updated : 2021-07-26 03:04 GMT+08:00