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Lampard happy to gain some small revenge

Midfielder hails Chelsea teammates after beating Manchester United to win Community Shield, but admits it does not make up for Champions League defeat.

Chelsea's John Terry, left, and Frank Lampard lift the Community Shield after a 4-1 penalty shoot-out victory, following a 2-2 draw, over rivals Manchester United at Wembley.
Chelsea's John Terry, left, and Frank Lampard lift the Community Shield after a 4-1 penalty shoot-out victory, following a 2-2 draw, over rivals Manchester United at Wembley.

LONDON // Frank Lampard hailed his Chelsea teammates after beating Manchester United 4-1 on penalties to lift the Community Shield, but insisted: "This will never make up for Moscow". United beat Chelsea on penalties in the final of the Champions League in 2008, but after a 2-2 draw at the end of 90 minutes at Wembley, Lampard and his side gained an element of revenge. Lampard, who made it 2-1 before Wayne Rooney's late equaliser sent it to penalties, said: "Of course it does not atone for the Champions League final but it was nice. It is always good to win a penalty shoot-out especially after losing one with Chelsea and England. So it was great to get our season off to a winning start."

Ricardo Carvalho, who scored Chelsea's equaliser after Nani had opened the scoring said: "I am very happy, we did not start very well, but we controlled the game after half time and we deserved to win. With penalties it is lucky, but we deserved it." Patrice Evra was injured when Lampard scored, but under new rules, the opposing team do not have to kick the ball out. Lampard added: "There are new rules and we all knew that. Manchester United knew that and I am sure they would have done the same thing."

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Evra was fouled and the game should have been stopped. He said: "There is a grey area and the second goal has cost us the game. It was a clear foul by [Michael] Ballack." Despite the defeat, Ferguson was pleased with his side's performance. "I think the first half pleased me the most because we controlled the game - we should have put the game to bed," he said.

"But then when it gets to penalties it's anyone's game." sports@thenational.ae