City defeat Chelsea in Community Shield
Manchester City showed their mettle in the Community Shield on Sunday after coming from behind to beat 10-man Chelsea 3-2 at Villa Park.
Fernando Torres opened the scoring for the Blues on 40 minutes, but moments later Branislav Ivanovic made a costly foul on Aleksandar Kolarov, who was advancing on goal before the Serbian defender's two-footed challenge flattened him just outside the box.
Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri all found the net in the second half to ensure the Premier League champions lifted their first Shield since 1972.
The match was beset with silly tackles, resulting in eight yellow cards and when Ivanovic received a straight red for his tackle on Kolarov, Chelsea soon became undone.
Substitute Ryan Bertrand, who came on for Eden Hazard with 20 minutes remaining, did manage to score a consolation goal for last season's FA Cup and Champions League winners.
Referee Kevin Friend seemed to be struggling to keep control of the encounter, which saw Stefan Savic booked after 10 minutes, setting the stage for a frustrating start with both teams purposefully slowing down the play.
Things came to point when Ivanovic had to act fast after a stray John Terry pass, which resulted in the full-back flooring countryman Aleksandar Kolarov in a harsh tackle with raised studs.
The dismissal will see Ivanovic miss next week's trip to Wigan and two home games against Reading and Newcastle.
Hazard got his introduction to English football with some physical encounters in the middle of the pitch, but he put in a gutsy performance although an attempted back-heel ended with him falling face-first into the turf after getting the move horribly wrong.
The Belgian star was not involved in Chelsea's opener, rather it was Ramires who was once again on hand to play provider, skipping past Pablo Zabaleta before making a surging run into the box and then side-footing the ball for Torres to beat the advancing Costel Pantilimon on his right.
After another poor Terry clearance, Toure smashed in a low drive which swerved past a number of bodies in the box, leaving Petr Cech scrambling to no avail.
The momentum was clearly with City now and six minutes later David Luiz and Terry were left stranded by Tevez, whose run from a central position ended with a belter of a shot which found the top right corner.
Six minutes later and City were at it again this time with Kolarov leaving Ramires in his wake before curling in a cross for Nasri to boot in.
Chelsea did manage to score another with 10 minutes remaining, but it was too little too late for substitute Bertrand as City held on with Sergio Aguero coming close after Milner's cross found the Argentinian in the final minute.