Premier League champions Chelsea went down 4-1 in penalties to Arsenal on Sunday at Wembley Stadium, losing the 2017 Community Shield to the Gunners in the first shootout in English football to use the new ABBA format.
After Arsenal had dominated the first half it was Chelsea who got the break 49 seconds into the second half on a corner, as a series of poor clearances and subpar decisions led to Victor Moses being in on goal and coolly putting it away.
Chelsea were down to 10 men in the 80th minute after Pedro was shown a red card by referee Bobby Madley for sliding into Mohamed Elneny and catching him on his achilles with his studs.
Moments later Sead Kolasinac headed the Gunners level from the resulting free-kick to take the match to penalties in the new trialed ABBA format.
The system is based on the tennis format used in tennis tie-breaks, taking over from the traditional ABAB system used and is aimed at being fairer on the team taking the second penalty.
Tim Cahill went first for Chelsea and Cech dived the wrong way before Theo Walcott levelled up for Arsenal. Arsenal’s turn again under the new system and Nacho Monreal scored before Thibaut Courtois and Morata both missed for Chelsea leading to Arsene Wenger’s side to win their first piece of silverware of the season, to the delight of the Arsenal fans.
Critics questioned Antonio Conte’s decision to use Courtois for the second penalty above other seasoned goalscorers but he defended his choice to use the goalkeeper after Courtois proved to be one of the best penalty takers in training.
After the match the Belgian spoke of his disappointment: ‘Very disappointed with the Loss today. I took the responsibility to shoot but unfortunately I missed. We will learn from our mistakes and take the good things of today with us! See you all at Stamford Bridge next week!’