Wednesday March 21, 2012 Day 29 Finished Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 2 - 1 Chelsea

  • Agüero 78’ (pen.)
  • Nasri 85’
  • Cahill 60’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Chelsea
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    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle! Utter bedlam in Manchester. A 2-1 win for the home side, who are back to within a point of United.
    • 90+2' Zabaleta rises to head out the cross from Mata before Aguero drives a shot wide at the other end. Frantic end to this match.
    • 90+1' Drogba fires a ball across the face of goal, but no takers on hand. Relief for City.
    • 89' Four minutes of injury time to be played.
    • 88' The home fans making some noise. They were quiet with 12 minutes left, but bedlam around the stadium now.
    • 87' Drogba appeals for a corner that doesn't come. Mancini seems to be kicking every ball on the touchline. City will be back to within one point of United with this win.
    • 86' Nasri has been booked for whipping off his shirt after netting the second goal.
    • 85' Wild scenes of jubilation around the Etihad Stadium as Drogba fails to control the ball inside the home box.
    • 84' GOAL! Nasri slips the ball over Cech. A lovely pass from Tevez for Nasri to finish. A 2-1 lead for the home side.
    • 83' Some superb handling skills by Cech, but the home pressure continues. Chelsea will be happy to get out of town with a point here.
    • 82' Another corner for City here. Nasri with it, but Cech punches clear before Barry fells Lampard with a late clip on the heels.
    • 81' Luiz with another fine header from Clichy's cross. Luiz has enjoyed a steady night at the heart of that Chelsea defence.
    • 80' Would be a brave man to pick a winner here. City certainly going for it. Aguero with his 17th goal of the season.
    • 79' City piling on the pressure now as Cech dives to hold a rasping effort from Nasri. Cries of "C'mon City" ring out around the Etihad Stadium.
    • 78' GOAL! Aguero scores for City! Lovely penalty. Cech went left as the ball flew right. 1-1 heading for the closing minutes of this contest.
    • 77' PENALTY TO CITY! Zabaleta drives the ball at Essien! The referee thought that was intentional. No complaints from Essien.
    • 76' Tevez slips the ball through to Dzeko, whose shot is deflected behind for another corner.
    • 75' Silva departs to be replaced by Edin Dzeko.
    • 74' Mata drives at goal. Goes for the near post from an acute angle, but Hart makes a solid stop.
    • 73' Roberto Di Matteo giving his striker a pat on the back. Torres looks a bit disappointed. Meanwhile, Drogba takes out Richards with a clumsy late challenge.
    • 72' Torres departs to be replaced by Didier Droga.
    • 71' Didier Drogba set to enter the fray for the visiting side. City keeping the ball again with real relish. Chelsea sitting deeper and deeper.
    • 70' Clichy with a cross from out wide. Met by Luiz as City win a corner. Nasri with the delivery, but Cech fouled by Kolo Toure. Free-kick to the home side.
    • 69' Opta Joe: "Manchester City are behind at home in the Premier League for the first time since January 2011 (v Wolves)." They won that match 4-3.
    • 68' Yaya Toure chips a ball into the box. No danger there as its skips off the turf and behind for a goalkick to the visiting team.
    • 67' Zabaleta throws over a nice cross, but some smart defending by Luiz to deal with the danger. Chelsea sitting deep before Clichy thumps a shot at goal. Solid stop by Cech.
    • 66' Here comes Tevez. A first appearance for six months as he replaces De Jong. Tevez given a huge welcome by the home fans.
    • 65' 15 months since City lost in the Premier League. That was to Everton in December 2010. City trying to find a way back into this match with Tevez warming up on the sidelines. Barry's cross is grabbed by Cech.
    • 64' Carlos 'The Golfer' Tevez has put his golf clubs down and is ready to enter the action. Have those months of practicising his golf swing damaged his scoring instincts? We are about to find out. Chelsea keeping the ball nicely here.
    • 63' Cahill scores his first goal in the Premier League for Chelsea. What does that goal mean for Man City's title bid? Cech swats away the cross by Clichy.
    • 62' GOAL! Cahill scores for Chelsea. Shot deflects off Yaya Toure before nestling in the net with Joe Hart left stranded. Suddenly Chelsea have the lead.
    • 61' Ramires whacks the cross off Clichy as Chelsea earn a corner to be drifted in by Mata.
    • 60' Yaya Toure hits the free-kick almost in silence as the ball flies harmlessly over the bar.
    • 59' Raul Meireles is given the hook as he departs to be replaced by Michael Essien.
    • 58' Lampard is penalised and then booked for a late challenge on the rampaging Yaya Toure. Free-kick chance 25 yards from goal.
    • 57' City looking a lot livelier. Have increased the tempo to try to pin the visitors back.
    • 56' Nasri's cross hits the bar. Cech tipped it onto the bar before Silva's flick at goal deflects behind for a corner. Aguero then steers a volley well over seconds later. All a bit frantic, but Chelsea survive.
    • 55' Mata doing a spot of dancing with the ball around the halfway line. City win it back seconds later before Torres reclaims the ball for Chelsea. Both teams guilty of squandering possession.
    • 54' Opta Joe: "Man City have conceded a higher percentage of goals in the second-half than any other team in the Premier League this season." Chelsea will hope to benefit from that stat in the second period.
    • 53' Barry seems to have added a spark to City since arriving from the bench. Cahill gives the ball away to Clichy.
    • 52' Yaya Toure lays the ball on a plate for Nasri at the edge of the area, but he blasts a shot well over the bar.
    • 51' A poor ball by De Jong makes its way through to Cech in the visiting goal. A few groans from the City fans after that misplaced pass.
    • 50' Nasri with the corner. Comes to nothing as Chelsea continue their stubborn resistance. Chelsea not going quietly into the night in this contest. Have battled hard to close down space.
    • 49' Lovely control by Aguero in the area to turn Luiz. Cech off his line to punch clear at the feet of Aguero, who needs some treatment.
    • 48' Zabaleta with another cross. Nasri trying to get a sniff of the ball, but good work by Lampard to deal with the danger.
    • 47' A change for City with Gareth Barry wheeled on for Balotelli. Not sure what is wrong with the striker.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second period of a tight and nervy affair.
    • 45+1' Nasri tries to pick out Zabaleta on the run. Just overcooks the pass as the ball runs out of play. Last action of the half. We remain 0-0 at the break.
    • 45' One minute to be added to the half...
    • 44' A booking for Juan Mata for tugging on the shirt of Yaya Toure.
    • 43' Roberto Mancini’s side have only lost one league game after going ahead this season and that was against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Still searching for that elusive opening goal in this match.
    • 42' Aguero tries an audacious overhead kick from Zabaleta's delivery, but the ball whizzes over the bar for another goalkick to the visiting team.
    • 41' Torres takes a clumsy second touch as City are allowed to scamper out of their own penalty area. Chelsea so quick again to fill space in their own half.
    • 40' All getting a bit sloppy. Mancini is not happy with what he is watching. That much is only too obvious in the death throes of the half.
    • 39' City with the ball in the front of the Chelsea defence, who seem to be happy to let them have it. Aguero tries to win the ball from Cole, but it is out of play for a goalkick to the visitors.
    • 38' Mancini trying to encourage some calm in his players. Torres late on Richards.
    • 37' Bosingwa is going to be spoken to by the referee for a late challenge on De Jong, but no booking.
    • 36' Another handball offence by Balotelli. Chelsea won't be complaining about how this match is working out so far. Well in the match after an unconvincing opening few moments.
    • 35' Zabaleta on the run for City. Silva collects before passing to Clichy. His cross is nodded out by Luiz, who beats Balotelli in the air.
    • 34' Ramires makes a surging run, but takes one touch too many as City earn the goalkick. A bit sloppy from both sides at the moment.
    • 33' Balotelli hooks a hopeful pass across goal looking for Aguero, but Cahill has his eye on the ball to make sure the forward can't get a shot in.
    • 32' Splendid piece of defending by Richards to take the ball away from Torres in the heart of the City box. Had to make that challenge.
    • 31' No Chelsea player has scored a Premier League goal away from home since January 2, when Ramires and Frank Lampard netted to win 2-1 at Wolves. Their only away goal since was an own goal by Neil Taylor.
    • 30' Balotelli penalised for a handling offence. Chelsea lump the free-kick down the park. Richards guilty of pulling back Torres.
    • 29' Awful pass by Lampard. Straight to Balotelli, but he screws the effort wide of goal from the edge of the area. What a chance that was. Chelsea go unpunished. Cech got a slight touch to a shot that was heading wide.
    • 28' Aguero and Zabaleta producing some intricate passing movements before Aguero takes a tumble. Throw-in to Chelsea deep in their own half.
    • 27' Kolo Toure wins a stong challenge with Torres. Solid tacking by him. Chelsea content to go backwards to keep the ball.
    • 26' Nasri decides to try his luck from distance. Lovely strike by Nasri, but always rising over the bar. Goalkick to the visiting team.
    • 25' Ramires wins the ball in the middle of the park before Bosingwa rolls it back to Cech. Cole playing his 250th game for Chelsea this evening. City reclaim possession seconds later.
    • 24' Opta Joe: "Chelsea have won 71% of their away games v Man City in Premier League history, only Leicester (100%) have a better win rate." Was a slightly different City side for those games.
    • 23' Game starting to rage from end to end. Hart takes the ball away from Torres at one end before City claim a corner at the other. Silva's corner is poor. Chelsea get numbers back.
    • 22' Aguero and Silva combining in that neat, tidy passing movement. Chelsea quickly break up the attack as Zabaleta heads behind for a corner to the visiting team.
    • 21' Jose Bosingwa replaces the injured Ivanovic. Not really looked himself this evening. On we go with the score still 0-0.
    • 20' Ramires not getting much change out of Gael Clichy before Kolo Toure clears the danger.
    • 19' Yaya Toure on the charge into the box for City. Appeals for a penalty as he battled with Lampard, but the referee tells him to get back to his feet. Nothing in that one.
    • 18' Chelsea hunting the ball down before Ivanovic overhits a cross from out wide. He looks to be struggling somewhat out there.
    • 17' Chelsea have only won one of their last seven Premier League away games - drawing four and losing two. Nasri with a cross, but the ball flies out of play. Relief for the visiting team.
    • 16' Chelsea really need to get up the park otherwise they are going to lose a goal as Ivanovic hits a pass into the abyss. Nobody near that one. Goalkick to the home side.
    • 15' Cech forced to punch clear seconds later. City loving the amount of the ball they are seeing. Over 60% of possession. Chelsea living on scraps as Cech claws the ball away from the feet of Balotelli.
    • 14' A swift break from City. Yaya Toure picks up in midfield. Slips the ball to Sergio Aguero, but his cutback is cleared by Luiz. Chelsea getting caught in possession in the centre of the park.
    • 13' This game really coming to life. And then some. Who is going to get this vital first goal? Both teams trying to keep the ball on the deck.
    • 12' Silva dinks an inviting little ball into the middle of the visting box, but fine covering work by Lampard to lift the ball away from the danger area.
    • 11' Nasri hits the bar for City with Cech beaten! What a chance that was for City! Long ball from the back left Ivanovic marking fresh air, but the shot stays out from inside the area.
    • 10' Glorious chance for Mata. Nice pass from Torres at the edge of the box. Slips the pass to Mata, but he clobbers the shot over the bar from inside the area. Should have at least worked Joe Hart with that effort.
    • 9' John Terry is out injured for Chelsea. The club’s last two Premier League defeats came without Terry in the team – losing at Everton and West Brom. They will hope for better times tonight.
    • 8' Nasri and Ivanovic in a foot race. Real sprint for the loose ball, but the Chelsea right-back wins that contest as he ushers the ball out of play. Goalkick to the visiting side.
    • 7' Lovely play by Zabaleta to get the ball on the deck. Beats Cole. Slips the pass to Silva, who lifts the shot over the bar. Was a real chance for the home team.
    • 6' Manchester City have won their last 19 Premier League home games and could set the record for the competition’s longest ever run of home victories if they win this match.
    • 5' Nasri on the run for City down his side's left flank. Ball dinks off a Chelsea shirt from the cross before landing in the giant hands of Petr Cech.
    • 4' Silva with the corner before Zabaleta's shot is deflected wide. Luiz heads clear seconds later, but is caught late by Yaya Toure. Bright start by City.
    • 3' Luiz with a timely tackle on Balotelli. Corner to the home side.
    • 2' Terrific atmosphere with 46,000 watching this one at the Etihad. Richards on a surge up the park before Chelsea clatter the loose ball clear. Pitch ideal for knocking the ball around.
    • 1' A round of applause for Fabrice Muamba. Superb stuff. Chelsea get us off and running in this one.
    • 19.40 Almost ready to go at the Etihad Stadium in this match. Pitch looks in nice condition. A huge night for both teams, but probably more for City. Richards munching a piece of chewing gum in the tunnel.
    • 19.35 Chelsea set to go with Fernando Torres as the lone striker with Didier Drogba on the bench while City have the potent brew of Mario Balotelli partnering Sergio Aguero up front.
    • 19.30 Chelsea caretaker manager Robert Di Matteo has denied claims he stabbed sacked coach Andre Villas-Boas in the back. Di Matteo: I didn't stab AVB in the back
    • 19.25 Carlos Tevez has scored in each of his last five Premier League appearances against Chelsea, netting six in total across those games.
    • 19.20 A few facts to get you in the mood for this one: Frank Lampard has scored six goals in his last 10 Premier League games against Man City.
    • 19.15 Chelsea came from behind to complete a 2-1 win over Manchester City in December. Read about what happened in that match here... City lose as Lampard strikes
    • 19.10 Chelsea skipper John Terry misses out as he feels the strain after recovering quickly from knee surgery. David Luiz or Branislav Ivanovic will partner Gary Cahill at centre-back, with on or the other likely to play right-back. The only other absence is young midfielder Oriol Romeu.
    • 19.05 Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is named on the bench. The Argentine has not played since September due to his infamous dispute with the club but has now been back in training for five weeks. City have central defensive problems with Joleon Lescott (groin) out and Vincent Kompany (calf) missing, but right-back Pablo Zabaleta (hamstring) and midfielder Gareth Barry (back) are fit. Zabaleta starts, but Barry is on the bench.
    • 19.00 Teams: Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Toure, Clichy, Silva, Toure Yaya, De Jong, Nasri, Aguero, Balotelli..subs: Pantilimon, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, Savic, Barry, Tevez////Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Mikel, Meireles, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Torres..subs: Turnbull, Essien, Drogba, Malouda, Bosingwa, Kalou, Sturridge////Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
    • 18.55 Roberto Di Matteo: "I think we have a very good team and squad, a very strong one, and we've shown it over the years. The table shows that they (City) have won more games this season than we have. But, I think we are very competitive."
    • 18.50 Roberto Mancini: "We will win the title, we will win. We will do everything to win the title. We need to think positive always. Until now we have had a fantastic Premier League, we need to continue like this. We play one game a week, we can have more concentration about this."
    • 18.45 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Manchester City against Chelsea in the Premier League. Big night with Carlos Tevez returning to the bench tonight for the home side.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' Zabaleta rises to head out the cross from Mata before Aguero drives a shot wide at the other end. Frantic end to this match.
    • 84' GOAL! Nasri slips the ball over Cech. A lovely pass from Tevez for Nasri to finish. A 2-1 lead for the home side.
    • 79' City piling on the pressure now as Cech dives to hold a rasping effort from Nasri. Cries of "C'mon City" ring out around the Etihad Stadium.
    • 78' GOAL! Aguero scores for City! Lovely penalty. Cech went left as the ball flew right. 1-1 heading for the closing minutes of this contest.
    • 77' PENALTY TO CITY! Zabaleta drives the ball at Essien! The referee thought that was intentional. No complaints from Essien.
    • 74' Mata drives at goal. Goes for the near post from an acute angle, but Hart makes a solid stop.
    • 67' Zabaleta throws over a nice cross, but some smart defending by Luiz to deal with the danger. Chelsea sitting deep before Clichy thumps a shot at goal. Solid stop by Cech.
    • 62' GOAL! Cahill scores for Chelsea. Shot deflects off Yaya Toure before nestling in the net with Joe Hart left stranded. Suddenly Chelsea have the lead.
    • 56' Nasri's cross hits the bar. Cech tipped it onto the bar before Silva's flick at goal deflects behind for a corner. Aguero then steers a volley well over seconds later. All a bit frantic, but Chelsea survive.
    • 29' Awful pass by Lampard. Straight to Balotelli, but he screws the effort wide of goal from the edge of the area. What a chance that was. Chelsea go unpunished. Cech got a slight touch to a shot that was heading wide.
    • 14' A swift break from City. Yaya Toure picks up in midfield. Slips the ball to Sergio Aguero, but his cutback is cleared by Luiz. Chelsea getting caught in possession in the centre of the park.
    • 11' Nasri hits the bar for City with Cech beaten! What a chance that was for City! Long ball from the back left Ivanovic marking fresh air, but the shot stays out from inside the area.
    • 10' Glorious chance for Mata. Nice pass from Torres at the edge of the box. Slips the pass to Mata, but he clobbers the shot over the bar from inside the area. Should have at least worked Joe Hart with that effort.
    • 7' Lovely play by Zabaleta to get the ball on the deck. Beats Cole. Slips the pass to Silva, who lifts the shot over the bar. Was a real chance for the home team.
    • 19.00 Teams: Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Toure, Clichy, Silva, Toure Yaya, De Jong, Nasri, Aguero, Balotelli..subs: Pantilimon, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, Savic, Barry, Tevez////Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Mikel, Meireles, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Torres..subs: Turnbull, Essien, Drogba, Malouda, Bosingwa, Kalou, Sturridge////Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

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