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Conte eyes revenge for FA Cup final defeat

Conte wants his players to put on a good game for the fans Credit: PA

Head coach Antonio Conte wants Chelsea to start the season with victory over Arsenal in Sunday's Community Shield at Wembley - and banish memories of May's FA Cup final defeat to the same opponents.

Games against Arsenal helped shaped Chelsea's Premier League title-winning season, when Conte revived the Blues from 10th the previous term.

Following last September's 3-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium, the Italian switched to a 3-4-3 formation and the Blues won 13 successive Premier League games.

The Premier League win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in February then provided impetus for the title run-in. But then Conte was denied the double in his first season as Blues boss when Arsenal won the Wembley showpiece final 2-1 in the spring.

Conte said: "It was a pity to lose the game, to lose the FA Cup final against Arsenal after a really great season for us. Now there is another game. We know very well Arsenal is a strong team.

"We're waiting a game very difficult for us and want to try to start the season with a win. The same (for) Arsenal. I want to see a good game, for the players, for the people."


45-year-old Swailes scores in Morpeth win at Wembley

Swailes became the oldest goalscorer at the new Wembley Stadium. Credit: PA

Former Ipswich defender Chris Swailes became the oldest goalscorer at the new Wembley Stadium as the 45-year-old helped Morpeth beat Hereford to win the FA Vase on Sunday.

Swailes underwent heart surgery two years ago and has a screw in his heel from an old injury. But he added a Wembley goal to his remarkable career as Morpeth, who play in the ninth tier of English football, came from behind to beat Hereford 4-1. Swailes was also named man of the match.

The centre-half, who also had long spells with Bury and Rotherham in the Football League, retired 10 years ago after a foot injury meant a six-inch screw had to be inserted into his heel.

He returned to the game but had to hang up his boots again in 2014 after keyhole heart surgery, only to be drawn back last summer.

It is the third time Swailes has won the Vase, after lifting the trophy as a 22-year-old with Bridlington Town in 1992 and with Dunston UTS in 2012.

His goal pulled Morpeth level after Rob Purdie had put Hereford ahead, before Luke Carr, Sean Taylor and Shaun Bell sealed victory for the Northern League Division One side.


Tinie Tempah, Gene Simmons perform at NFL match

Tinie Tempah and Gene Simmons were among the acts to perform in the lead up to the Minnesota Vikings' match against the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight at Wembley Stadium.

The Kiss bassist sung 'The Star-Spangled Banner' to a packed crowd prior to kick off.

Tinie Tempah accompanied by Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders before the NFL International Series match. Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire
Kiss bassist Gene Simmons sang the US National Anthem at the NFL International Series match. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders stand with their hands on their hearts for the US National Anthem. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Vikings fans show their support ahead of the match against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium. Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire
Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders perform at Wembley Stadium. Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

Vikings storm Wembley amid clouds of smoke

Smoke billowing from timber doors welcomed the Minnesota Vikings to the Wembley field ahead of their clash against the Pittsburgh Steelers this evening.

The teams tweeted video and pictures of the atmosphere from the ground before kick off.

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