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  • Lampard (42), Lampard (90 pen)
  • Tevez (45), Bellamy (51), Tevez (76 pen), Bellamy (87)
  • Date:2010-02-27
  • Kick-off:12:45
  • Venue:Stamford Bridge
  • Attendance:41814
  • Referee:Dean, M

Live Commentary

90mins

Full time:CHELSEA 2-4 MAN CITY A stunning game at the Bridge, and one that really shakes up the title race.

90mins

CHELSEA 2-4 MAN CITY: LAMPARD sends Given the wrong way from the spot to net a consolation for Chelsea.

90mins

Anelka goes down in the area - penalty to Chelsea.

87mins

CHELSEA 1-4 MAN CITY City break yet again and City find themselves 4 on 2, Wright-Phillips lays the ball across to BELLAMY, who converts from three yards.

84mins

Drogba fires in a free-kick that is well saved by Given. Chelsea are doing quite well with nine men!

81mins

Chelsea are falling apart. A reckless challenge from Ballack sees him recieve a second yellow card from Mike Dean.

78mins

Bridge jogs off to be replaced by Roque Santa Cruz.

76mins

CHELSEA 1-3 MAN CITY: TEVEZ fires low into the bottom corner. A real shock here at the Bridge.

74mins

Belleti sees red for the foul.

74mins

Belletti trips Barry in the area - Penalty to City!

74mins

City are defending manfully at the moment as Ballack sees a long range effort saved by Given.

70mins

Ricardo Carvalho comes off for Salomon Kalou. Attacking change by Chelsea.

68mins

Michael Ballack is booked for dissent.

65mins

Bellamy nearly breaks free again but his touch lets him down and Ivanovic can get back and clear.

63mins

It's handbags time as Tevz and Terry sqaure up to each other. Referee Mike Dean sensibly calms things down and gives them both a warning.

60mins

To make it a hat-trick of subs, Daniel Sturridge comes on for Joe Cole.

60mins

Juliano Belletti replaces John Obi Mikel.

60mins

Shaun Wright-Phillips comes on for Adam Johnson.

58mins

Branislav Ivanovic is booked for a foul on Barry.

56mins

There is a stunned silence at Stamford Bridge. This could be a massive day in the title race with City doing United a huge favour.

51mins

CHELSEA 1-2 MAN CITY: Silence at the Bridge as BELLAMY breaks forward from the half-way line and takes on Mikel before firing low past Hilario. Great goal.

50mins

Bridges' free-kick thumps the wall and is cleared.

48mins

Pablo Zabaleta also sees yellow for dissent.

48mins

John Terry is booked for a late challenge on Johnson, free-kick in a dangerous position for City.

45mins

We are off again at the Bridge.

45mins

Thats half-time. A breathless end ot the half at Stamford Bridge.

45mins

GOAL! CHELSEA 1-1 MAN CITY: Stamford Brisge is stunned! Chelsea give the ball away and City break clear, TEVEZ has two defenders around him but scuffs a shot that somehow rolls past Hilario.

42mins

GOAL CHELSEA 1-0 MAN CITY: Joe Cole plays the ball through to LAMPARD, who fires home low past Given.

40mins

Nicolas Anelka cuts in from the left and blasts in a goal-bound effort, but it hits Frank Lampard and bounces away, more frustration for Chelsea.

37mins

Ivanovic does well down the right, his crossed reaches Joe Cole, whose scuffed shot falls at the feet of Drogba, who fires just over from 15 yards. Best chance of the game that.

33mins

Zabaleta is led off, gingerly, by the medical staff, he should be ok though.

32mins

Ouch! Drogba rises at the far post but only succeeds in colliding with Pablo Zabaleta who remains flat out on the turf.

29mins

Nicolas Anelka lets fly from 30 yards but his shot is comfortably held by Given.

26mins

After a frantic first 25 minutes the game has settled down, even the booing of Wayne Bridge has tailed off.

23mins

Drogba pulls away from his marker to meet Branislav Ivanovic's cross. but the Ivorian puts his header just over.

19mins

The game is hotting up now, it's Joe Cole's turn to have a shot that is punched away by Given.

18mins

Adam Johnson fires in a free-kick that bounces just in front of Henrique Hilario, but he does well to keep hold off the ball.

16mins

Didier Drogba manages to evade Micah Richards in the area but his chipped cross is to no-one at the far post. It's been all Chelsea in the past few minutes.

12mins

Florent Malouda, up from left back, has a rasping drive that flies just over Shay Given's crossbar, best effort of the game so far.

10mins

Adam Johnson whips in a free kick from the right, but it is over hit and Vincent Kompany can't keep it in at the far post.

5mins

Frank Lampard tries a first time shot but it flies well over the bar.

3mins

The crowd are certainly playing their part, no doubt fuelled by the Terry/Bridge affair. Bridge's every touch is unsurprisingly booed by the Chelsea fans.

0mins

Mike Dean gets us underway at a sunny Stamford Bridge.

0mins

The teams are out and just for the record, Wayne Bridge did NOT shake hands with John Terry, it could add a bit of spice to the encounter.

0mins

Manchester City make three changes from the team that lost to Stoke in the FA Cup, with Nigel De Jong, Carlos Tevez and Adam Johnson replacing Nedum Onuoha, Emmanuel Adebayor and Stephen Ireland. Oh and yes, Wayne Bridge is playing.

0mins

With Yury Zhirkov still sidelined with a calf complaint and Ashley Cole out for three months Florent Malouda continues at left-back, while Joe Cole is recalled in place of Salomon Kalou. Hilario stands in for the injured Petr Cech in goal

Match Preview

The match of the weekend takes place at Stamford Bridge where leaders Chelsea entertain fifth-placed Manchester City.

One of the many sub-plots to the game sees John Terry and Wayne Bridge meet on the pitch for the first time since they hit the front as well as the back pages, with Bridge earlier this week saying he did not want to play for England again in the wake of the affair.

The match also pits two of English football's biggest spenders together.

Chelsea, backed by Roman Abramovich's massive wealth since he took over the club almost seven years ago, come up against a City side that has been revamped since the takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group 18 months ago.

While Chelsea have been battling it out with Manchester United and, to a lesser extent Arsenal and Liverpool, for domestic honours since 2003, City have spent the last seven years attempting to establish themselves as a Premier League club following their relegation to the third tier of English football in the last 1990s.

They are challenging for a Champions League place this year but, with a tough run-in and talk of friction between boss Roberto Mancini and some of his senior players, that still seems unlikely.

They seemed happy to settle for a point from last Sunday's dire goalless stalemate with fellow top-four pretenders Liverpool at Eastlands when three points would surely have put themselves in the driving seat.

It leaves them with just two victories from their last six league matches as criticism of Mancini's perceived negative tactics grows ever louder.

Carlos Tevez looks set to feature after missing the last three games as he had decided to return to Argentina to care for his wife who had given birth to their second child prematurely.

However, veteran midfielder Patrick Vieira is suspended while Stiliyan Petrov and Michael Johnson (both knee) remain on the sidelines.

Chelsea remain virtually invincible at home, winning 12 of their 13 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge so far this term, with a 3-3 draw against Everton spoiling their perfect record.

Since losing 2-1 at Eastlands in December, Carlo Ancelotti's team have lost just one of their 12 league matches and have emerged as the favourites to win the title for the first time in four years.

Ashley Cole (ankle) definitely misses out while Alex, Juliano Belletti, Jose Bosingwa, Deco and Michael Essien are all close to comebacks after struggling with knee problems recently.


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Match Report

Chelsea were humiliated 4-2 at home by Manchester City with Craig Bellamy and Carlos Tevez both netting twice for the visitors, while the home side ended the game with nine men.

Chelsea had taken the lead through Frank Lampard and he scored their second in injury-time from the penalty spot.

Before kick-off Wayne Bridge walked straight past Blues skipper John Terry, ignoring the customary handshake following recent press reports about the Chelsea skipper's off-field activities.

But it was on the pitch where it really counted and stand-in left back Florent Malouda let fly with a rasping 25-yarder on 12 minutes which inched over Shay Given's crossbar.

City countered on 18 minutes with an Adam Johnson free-kick, but Henrique Hilario anticipated the flight of the ball and held comfortably.

Didier Drogba had a glorious chance to open the scoring on 26 minutes, but he headed over the top, before missing a sitter on 36 minutes scooping over the bar from six yards out.

Pressure told and Chelsea took the lead with three minutes to half-time. Joe Cole sent Lampard clear on the right and the England midfielder slotted home, placing the ball across the stranded Given.

But within two minutes, a quick breakaway saw Tevez race into the Chelsea area. He twisted Ricardo Carvalho into the ground before hitting a weak shot on goal which Hilario made a hash of, letting the ball drift past him.

Six minutes into the second half and Bellamy did what he does best. He outsprinted the Chelsea midfield and defence, before coolly slotting home a left-footer from a tight angle to put his side into the lead.

Carlo Ancelotti replaced Cole to a chorus of boos from the Chelsea fans on 60 minutes. Ancelotti then replaced centre-back Carvalho with Salomon Kalou with 20 minutes to go as the home side pushed for the equaliser.

Instead disaster struck for Chelsea. With 15 minutes left, Juliano Belletti upended Gareth Barry in the penalty area.

Referee Mike Dean sent off the defender and Tevez smashed home the spot-kick to double the visitors' lead.

Worse was to follow with Michael Ballack given a second yellow card for a foul on Tevez, as the league leaders' discipline disintegrated.

The humiliation was complete with three minutes remaining when Shaun Wright-Philips ran through the Chelsea rearguard before passing to Bellamy, who side-footed in his side's fourth goal.

In injury time Lampard replied from the spot after Barry fouled Daniel Sturridge, but the damage was already done for the Premier League leaders.

Chelsea

Manchester City

Corners

32

Fouls

2214

Goal attempts

208

Shots off target

82

Offsides

13

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