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Sunday, August 13, 2000
The One-2-One FA Charity Shield
By Dale Johnson and Mike With

Chelsea 2 - 0 Manchester United
Hasselbaink (22);
Melchiot (72)
Roy Keane sent off (62)

The second-half has kicked off...

And we start where we ended up at the end of the first: Paul Scholes makes space for himself but can't quite connect - this time with his head.

Meanwhile, Hasselbaink continues to impress with his play upfront for Chelsea. He leads the line well and looks to bring his team-mates into the game.

Not least right-back Mario Melchiot, the youngster who impressed at the FA Cup Final back in May. Then, he conjured up a long, mazy run into the opposition area. This afternoon, Hasselbaink tees up a shot which doesn't do the move justice.

It is, in short, the kind of shot you expect of a right-back...

From left-back, Babayaro gets in on the action with a positive run down the United right. It's cleared and for a moment the counter-attack looks on for the champions.

Roy Keane looks the worse for wear after collapsing under the combined weight of challenges from Hasselbaink and Poyet. Keane is furious with the Chelsea players and with the referee - bearing in mind that this game is, after all, a 'friendly'...

Roy Keane is sent off(GChadwick/Allsport)
Within two minutes Keane appears to take revenge on Poyet, clipping the back of the Chelsea player's legs with his studs. No attempt to get the ball and Roy Keane gets an immediate red card.

So much has been said and written about the United captain's temperament and aggression. It very much looks like he has been listening, and reading.

The incident takes some of the sheen off what should be a showcase occasion.

66 minutes: It's the Solskjaer and Sheringham show again, as United's two frontmen dazzle the defence. But again the final ball isn't forthcoming - Teddy's ability to thread a telling pass tempts him into another clever ball while the goal remains undisturbed.

With twenty minutes to go the front pair are substituted - which means that Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke bring their fresh legs to bear on Chelsea's defence for the rest of the game.

Jody Morris also makes a bow in place of Di Matteo.

72: what were we saying about Melchiot a moment or two ago? He's just lopped into the danger area and slid the ball past Barthez for Chelsea's second goal.

He picked the ball up on the right. There will be questions about the United defence opening-up to allow him to run towards goal, but he took his chance well, despite slipping as he lined up his shot.

The ball skidded past Barthez' outstretched right hand and tucked inside the far post. Not bad for a youngster with only a handful of appearances in England since arriving from Ajax.

Gudjohnsen and now Le Saux are further substitutions for the side now comfortably ahead. And Quinton Fortune replaces Ryan Giggs.

There's a yellow card for Scholes as United start to get ever so slightly frustrated with the situation. He clatters into Morris 35 yards from goal.

The resulting free-kick comes to nothing.

At the other end Leboeuf runs in to Andy Cole as he attempts to defend the Chelsea goal. Nothing malicious, but it certainly looks painful and the France defender receives treatment on the pitch before continuing.

The game is slowing as we enter the final stretch. Chelsea seem happy to sit on a two goal lead. Can't really blame them.

There are to be four minutes of extra time.

Hasselbaink and Gudjohnsen, the new-look option upfront for Chelsea, work steadily to set up a shoot which drifts wide.

But we are drifting slowly and surely towards the conclusion of the game. The ref takes heart on weary legs and blows for full-time five whole seconds before the period set aside for extra-time is up.

The London side win the One-2-One FA Charity Shield.

Chelsea 2-0 Manchester United

Click here to read our commentary of the first half.

Ed De Goey; Celestine Babayaro, Mario Melchiot, Frank Leboeuf, Marcel Desailly, Dennis Wise, Roberto Di Matteo, (Morris, 70) Mario Stanic, Gus Poyet, (Le Saux, 76) Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Gianfranco Zola (Gudjohnsen, 72).
Subs not used: Ambrosetti, Flo, Lambourde, Cudicini.

Manchester United:
Fabian Barthez; Gary Neville, Denis Irwin, Mikael Silvestre, (Stam, 18), Ronny Johnsen, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes David Beckham, Ryan Giggs (Fortune, 77), Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, (Cole, 69) Teddy Sheringham (Yorke (69).
Subs not used: Van Der Gouw, Neville P, Butt.

Ref: Mike Reiley


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