The Football League is back, we take a chance on ABBA in the community shield shoot out, plus the best of the rest on a fascinating weekend of football
1 – Arsenal win the Community Shield
Arsenal emerged the victors of the Community Shield after beating their London rivals Chelsea in a penalty shootout in Wembley on Sunday. It was a fiercely contested re-run of the FA Cup, rather than the usual tepid last-minute friendly before the new Premier League season starts. The first-half was goalless but Chelsea’s Willian was booked for a dive. Victor Moses broke the deadlock in the first minute of the second-half, but Pedro was sent off for a reckless challenge with ten minutes to go and Sead Kolasinac headed in the resulting free-kick to draw the Gunners level. After full-time it was straight to penalties and the new ABBA format, where after the first penalty each team takes two spot-kicks in a row. Gary Cahill scored first for Chelsea, before both Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal scored for Arsenal. Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois stepped up but blasted his shot over, which was followed by another miss from debutant Alvaro Morata. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud both found the net to win the match for Arsenal. The Premier League starts this weekend and Arsenal begin their campaign by hosting Leicester on Friday and Chelsea will take on Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
2 – Life in the Championship
The weekend saw the return of the Football League and after being relegated last season, Sunderland will have to get use to life in the Championship for the first time in ten years. They picked up a point in their opening game hosting Derby. The Rams had gone ahead with a goal from Bradley Johnson just after ten minutes play, but a hand-ball gave the Black Cats a penalty which new signing Lewis Grabban calmly put away to draw the game 1-1. Also adjusting to life in the second-tier was John Terry, who made his debut for Aston Villa on Saturday in their opening game with Hull. Villa went 1-0 up courtesy of Gabby Agbonlahor, but the visiting Tigers drew level when Jarrod Bowen volleyed in Kamil Grosicki’s cross on the edge of the six-yard box.
3 – Bayern Munich win the German Super Cup
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich faced off against German Cup winners Borussia Dortmund in the Super Cup on Saturday, drawing level at 2-2 in full-time before eventually winning 5-4 on penalties. Christian Pulisic put Dortmund ahead just after ten minutes, but Polish striker Robert Lewandowski equalised shorty after. In the second-half Dortmund were back on track thanks to Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, but an own goal from Roman Burki forced penalties. This was the 6th German Super Cup win for Bayern Munich, who beat Dortmund in the final last year.
4 – Barcelona to sign Dele Alli?
After parting with Neymar for a world record £200 million, Barcelona could be about to use some of their new funds in a surprise move for Tottenham’s Dele Alli. The 21-year-old midfielder has reportedly been in the Catalans’ sights for a while and he would certainly pick up a much bigger pay package with the Spanish giants than at Spurs, whose most expensive contract is Harry Kane’s £120,000 a week deal. However, Alli netted 18 goals for Spurs last season and after being criticised for a lack of summer spending, they may not be willing to part with one of their most valuable players.
5 – Luton smash Yeovil 8-2
Yeovil went 1-0 up after seven minutes in their League Two opener with Luton on Saturday, but then the goals came thick and fast and they found themselves 5-1 down by the end of the first-half. The humiliation continued after the break with the final score an eye-watering 8-2. Yeovil players and staff made the collective decision to refund the 258 travelling fans who made the 280-mile round trip.