Published November 20, 2014
Manchester United beat Manchester City 3-2 in the Community Shield on Sunday, rallying behind Nani's two goals in the traditional opener to the English soccer season.
Nani completed the Premier League champion's great comeback by scoring the winner in the fourth minute of injury time. The Portuguese winger stripped City captain Vincent Kompany of the ball near midfield, ran unchallenged into the penalty area and rounded goalkeeper Joe Hart to score.
"We all believe until the last minute, and the attitude of the lads in the second half was that everyone believed we could score," Nani said. "It is good to play against Man City and win like that. I think our fans today will be so proud of us. It is a beautiful day to enjoy."
United trailed 2-0 after goals by Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko despite dominating possession. United got back in the game when Chris Smalling tapped in Ashley Young's 52nd-minute free kick. Seven minutes later, Nani lifted the ball over goalkeeper Joe Hart.
City seemed happy to settle for a penalty-kick shootout until Nani struck again before a Wembley crowd of 77,169.
"I tried to chip it but the keeper stayed on his feet," Nani said. "So at the last second I changed my mind," Nani said.
Lescott was perhaps City's best player in a game littered with yellow cards and rash tackles. He blocked a close shot by Smalling on the line and deflected a free kick by Nani past the post before he headed in David Silva's free kick in the 38th minute.
City manager Roberto Mancini made sure his players returned to the field to applaud their victorious opponents.
"It is correct," Mancini said. "It is right because they won. But we are happy because we played this game and we want to play this game every year if possible."
PARIS (AP) — Rennes opened its French league season with a 5-1 rout over newly promoted Dijon.
Victor Hugo Montano put Rennes ahead in the 34th minute. Two minutes later, the Colombian striker slipped a through ball to Julien Feret, who doubled the lead. Dijon's Brice Jovial pulled a goal back just as the half ended.
Rennes winger Razak Boukari made it 3-1 in the 50th minute, beating goalkeeper Jean-Daniel Padovani.
Senegal defender Kader Mangane added a fourth goal for Rennes with a header in the 75th. Substitute Alexander Tettey comleted the scoring in the 85th minute.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Serbian striker Miralem Sulejmani scored twice to send defending champion Ajax to a 4-1 victory at De Graafschap in the opening round of the Dutch league.
De Graafschap took an early lead on a header by Ted van de Pavert, but Ajax tied it when Sulejmani scored from in close after the goalkeeper dropped the ball.
Sulejmani also began an attack that was completed by Derk Boerrigter to put Ajax ahead in the first game under coach Frank de Boer. Sulejmani scored later on a counterattack, and Theo Janssen made it 4-1 from a free kick.
AZ Alkmaar beat PSV Eindhoven 3-1 on Saturday.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Anthony Stokes scored to give Celtic a 1-0 win at Aberdeen and second place in the Scottish Premier League.
The striker exchanged passes with midfielder Kris Commons in the 74th minute and hit a low shot past goalkeeper David Gonzalez at the near post.
The victory gave Celtic a maximum six points from two games, two ahead of fierce Glasgow rival and defending champion Rangers.
Motherwell leads by a point after a 1-0 win over visiting Hearts in Sunday's other game, but has played one game more than both the Glasgow powers.