Cantona hat-trick ranks best of top 5 past Community Shields
The competition so good they named it twice is almost upon us. Formerly the Charity and now the Community Shield, the English top-flightï¿½s annual curtain raiser at Wembley is an absolute staple of the footballing calendar and weï¿½ve dug out five of our favourites from the annals.
1974 ï¿½ Liverpool 1-1 Leeds (Liverpool win 6-5 on penalties)
This game was eventful for more than one reason, but it is most remembered for fisticuffs between Liverpoolï¿½s Kevin Keegan and Leedsï¿½ Billy Bremner which resulted in red cards and hefty fines for both. Then there was Leedsï¿½ goalkeeper David Harveyï¿½s sudden death penalty which hit the bar, allowing the Reds to win out.
1992 ï¿½ Leeds 4-3 Liverpool
The pick of the bunch features the Premier Leagueï¿½s original French footballing genius at his best, bagging a hat-trick in a ding-dong battle with Ian Rush and co.
1998 ï¿½ Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United
After securing Arsene Wengerï¿½s first Premier League title following a race which went to the wire with Manchester United ï¿½ only a point separated the sides ï¿½ Arsenal wasted no time striking the first blow of the next season.
2005 ï¿½ Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal 1
This was simply the Didier Drogba show at the Millenuium Stadium. The first two goals of the Drogba v Arsenal video compilation above are in this game as the Ivorian, in his pomp, proved too-hot to handle for poor old Philippe Senderos who was left chasing the Chelsea manï¿½s sizeable shadow.
2011 ï¿½ Manchester United 3-2 Manchester City
Who says these games donï¿½t matter? Having secured the FA Cup under Roberto Mancini it was clear the newly moneyed ï¿½noisy neighboursï¿½ were on the up, but Sir Alex Fergusonï¿½s side had other ideas as Naniï¿½s 90+4 minute winner sent a message.
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