CARDIFF, Wales -- Liverpool's Peter Crouch scored on a header in the 80th minute to send the FA Cup winners past league champion Chelsea 2-1 Sunday in the Community Shield, the traditional lead-in to the English Premier League season.
Crouch was unmarked as he jumped to head the ball past Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini. Liverpool had scored its first goal in the ninth minute on a counter attack, with John Arne Riise making a solo run and shooting past Cudicini.
"They just backed off and backed off and I thought I'll just have a go," Riise said. "I caught it sweet."
Liverpool fielded a below-strength lineup against a Chelsea squad with almost all its stars, including new additions Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack. Shevchenko had a goal and Ballack left with an injury after 26 minutes.
Shevchenko scored in the 43rd minute, taking Frank Lampard's cross from the halfway line and chesting it down to sidefoot past Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina. Ten minutes earlier, Shevchenko curled a long shot that Reina needed to dive to parry with one hand.
The Premier League season begins Saturday, with Liverpool opening at Sheffield United and Chelsea hosting Manchester City next Sunday. Chelsea is bidding for its third consecutive Premier League title.
Ballack appeared to hurt his leg, holding ice to his left hip before being substituted. He also drew a yellow card in the sixth minute.
Liverpool could have scored another goal before halftime, but Luis Garcia's shot hit Crouch's head and Cudicini pushed the ball over the bar.
"If you don't think about the difference of condition of both teams, they deserved to win because they were better than us," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said.
BERLIN -- Werder Bremen came back to beat Hannover 96 4-2 in the Bundesliga, with Brazilian midfielder Diego scoring one goal and setting up two others in his debut.
Diego scored in the 19th minute goal and assisted on goals for Miroslav Klose in the 85th minute and Daniel Jensen during injury time.
Bremen, ranked as Bayern Munich's biggest rival for the title, needed Hugo Almeida's 79th-minute goal to even the score in the furious final minutes.
"We have an experienced team and will get some good players back," said Klose, the World Cup's top scorer. "I have big hopes that we will have a great season."
Hannover outplayed Bremen for most of the game at home and took the lead on goals by Jiri Stajner in the 41st minute and Vahid Hashemian in the 67th. Hannover has gone 32 years since its last win against its north German rival.
Diego, picked up from FC Porto, stripped U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo of the ball in the penalty area to score his first goal for Bremen. He beat two players on the dribble, then set up Klose with a sideways pass as Bremen took a 3-2 lead.
In Sunday's other game, VfL Wolfsburg and Hertha Berlin played to a scoreless tie.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press