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  • Date:12 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Stamford Bridge
  • Attendance:41,730
  • Meireles (33)
    Lampard - pen (82)
  • Balotelli (1)
Goal!

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94:00 +4.00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mario Balotelli on Mikel. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.

92:12 +2.12

Effort on goal by Didier Drogba from long distance goes over the crossbar.

90:16 +0.16

Unfair challenge on Jose Bosingwa by Gnegneri Toure Yaya results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.

89:56

Corner taken short by Florent Malouda.

89:28

Florent Malouda decides to take the corner short.

88:28

Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel. Jose Bosingwa takes the direct free kick. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Pablo Zabaleta. Ramires restarts play with the free kick.

87:11

Mario Balotelli challenges Oriol Romeu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel on for Daniel Sturridge. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

85:33

Jose Bosingwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Mario Balotelli. Free kick crossed by James Milner.

84:32

(Man City) makes a substitution, with Edin Dzeko coming on for Joleon Lescott.

83:19

Florent Malouda joins the action as a substitute, replacing Juan Mata.

82:56

Assist by Daniel Sturridge.

81:09

Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Blocked by Joleon Lescott. Handball decision goes against Joleon Lescott. Penalty taken right-footed by Frank Lampard and scored. Chelsea 2-1 Man City.

79:44

Ramires takes a shot. Comfortable save by Joe Hart.

78:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Juan Mata. Joleon Lescott restarts play with the free kick.

77:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Didier Drogba on Pablo Zabaleta. Didier Drogba booked for unsporting behaviour. Joleon Lescott takes the free kick.

76:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Barry on Jose Bosingwa. Direct free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.

73:54

Ramires concedes a free kick for a foul on Mario Balotelli. Ramires goes into the referee's book. Nigel De Jong is brought on as a substitute for David Silva. Pablo Zabaleta takes the direct free kick.

73:30

The ball is sent over by Juan Mata. Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.

72:34

Frank Lampard is brought on as a substitute for Raul Meireles.

72:25

Shot from just outside the box by Daniel Sturridge misses to the right of the goal.

71:10

Jose Bosingwa challenges Mario Balotelli unfairly and gives away a free kick. Pablo Zabaleta takes the direct free kick.

70:43

The ball is crossed by Jose Bosingwa, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance. The ball is delivered by Ashley Cole, Pablo Zabaleta makes a clearance.

70:22

The ball is crossed by Jose Bosingwa, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.

67:46

Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.

66:47

Jose Bosingwa sends in a cross, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.

65:01

Unfair challenge on Juan Mata by David Silva results in a free kick. Raul Meireles restarts play with the free kick.

64:05

Unfair challenge on Ramires by Mario Balotelli results in a free kick. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.

63:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Oriol Romeu on Mario Balotelli. The referee cautions Oriol Romeu for unsporting behaviour. (Man City) makes a substitution, with Kolo Toure coming on for Sergio Aguero. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

62:47

Ramires takes a shot. Blocked by Didier Drogba.

61:00

Corner taken short by Daniel Sturridge. The ball is crossed by Juan Mata, clearance made by Pablo Zabaleta. Unfair challenge on Oriol Romeu by Sergio Aguero results in a free kick. Didier Drogba takes the direct free kick.

57:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gael Clichy on Ramires. The referee sends off Gael Clichy for second bookable offence. Strike comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick.

56:36

Mario Balotelli challenges Daniel Sturridge unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Bosingwa takes the direct free kick.

52:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Juan Mata by Vincent Kompany. Direct free kick taken by Didier Drogba.

49:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sergio Aguero on Ashley Cole. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

48:38

The ball is crossed by Daniel Sturridge, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.

46:42

Shot on goal by Daniel Sturridge from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

46:19 +1.19

Shot from 12 yards from Sergio Aguero. Save by Petr Cech.

46:09

Unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Gael Clichy results in a free kick. Gael Clichy booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Juan Mata.

45:38 +0.38

Raul Meireles challenges Gnegneri Toure Yaya unfairly and gives away a free kick. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.

43:08

The ball is swung over by Ramires.

40:26

Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba. Vincent Kompany goes into the book. Juan Mata takes the free kick.

39:31

James Milner handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

38:39

The assistant referee signals for offside against Sergio Aguero. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

37:00

Corner taken by James Milner, Didier Drogba manages to make a clearance.

34:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Raul Meireles on Pablo Zabaleta. Raul Meireles shown a yellow card. Vincent Kompany takes the free kick.

33:18

The ball is swung over by Daniel Sturridge, Raul Meireles gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 1-1 Man City.The assist for the goal came from Daniel Sturridge.

31:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by David Silva. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.

29:55

Raul Meireles gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Silva. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.

29:36

Ashley Cole delivers the ball, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance.

27:31

Didier Drogba has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

24:37

Corner from the left by-line taken by Juan Mata, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.

24:14

Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.

23:30

The ball is swung over by James Milner.

22:28

Unfair challenge on Jose Bosingwa by Mario Balotelli results in a free kick. Juan Mata takes the direct free kick.

19:56

The ball is swung over by Gael Clichy.

16:51

The ball is swung over by Jose Bosingwa, clearance by Joleon Lescott.

16:12

Didier Drogba sends in a cross, clearance made by Pablo Zabaleta.

15:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ramires on David Silva. Strike on goal comes in from Mario Balotelli from the free kick.

11:38

The assistant referee flags for offside against Mario Balotelli. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.

10:37

Effort from deep inside the area by Sergio Aguero misses to the right of the goal.

9:46

Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Gareth Barry gets a block in. Raul Meireles takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in. Juan Mata decides to take a short corner.

9:24

Juan Mata crosses the ball, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.

9:00

Mario Balotelli takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in.

8:35

Shot from a long way out by Sergio Aguero goes wide of the left-hand upright.

7:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gael Clichy by Ramires. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.

5:01

The referee blows for offside. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.

3:57

Raul Meireles produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

1:38

Goal scored by Mario Balotelli from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 0-1 Man City.The assist for the goal came from Sergio Aguero.

0:35

David Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole. Juan Mata takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Mancini not ruling out Chelsea Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini claims Chelsea remain serious title rivals. The Barclays Premier League leaders face a stern test of their credentials as they travel to Stamford Bridge to face Andre Villas-Boas' side on Monday night. The Londoners may have dropped out of the top four due to other results over the weekend, but they have emerged from a difficult spell over the past week. They won at Newcastle on their last outing and then produced their best display of the season to beat Valencia and reach the last 16 of the Champions League. Those results have eased any pressure on Villas-Boas and, while they remain 10 points behind City, Mancini feels Chelsea should know from their own experience that large deficits can be overhauled. Mancini said: "Last year Chelsea had a big lead over (Manchester) United but in the end United won the title by seven or eight points plus [nine]. "The Barclays Premier League is very difficult and in these two months, all the teams that play every three days will find it difficult. "I think they can win it. They have 10 points less than us but we play two times against them and there are 24 games until the end of the season." Mancini has also backed Villas-Boas to deliver for Roman Abramovich's club. The 34-year-old Portuguese coach has had a rocky start since succeeding Mancini's compatriot Carlo Ancelotti in the summer, but the City boss thinks Chelsea have found a good man. Mancini himself needed time to establish his current position of strength at the Etihad Stadium and feels Chelsea just need to be patient. He said: "I think that has shown in the last year he is a good manager. "He did well at Porto, he won trophies. "Chelsea did well to get him. "Carlo Ancelotti is a fantastic manager and I was sorry for him when Chelsea decided to sack him, but I think Villas-Boas is a good manager for them." In-form right-back Micah Richards is unlikely to feature for City on Monday because of the calf problem which kept him out against Bayern Munich. Centre-back Stefan Savic filled in as Pablo Zabaleta was not fit enough to take his place, but the Argentinian is expected to feature at Stamford Bridge. Gael Clichy is likely to be retained at left-back as Aleksandar Kolarov is sidelined with a groin injury. Villas-Boas arguably faces the most important selection decision of his reign - whether to recall Frank Lampard after dropping the midfielder in midweek. Had David Luiz not been suspended, it may have been tempting for the Blues boss to name an unchanged XI for the first time since taking charge. With wantaway Alex banished from the first-team squad, Branislav Ivanovic will almost certainly move from right-back to centre-half tomorrow, meaning a likely recall for Jose Bosingwa. Bosingwa lost his place following a series of erratic displays and there is an argument that Oriol Romeu, Raul Meireles and Ramires would form a better defensive shield ahead of the full-back than a midfield that contains Lampard. But Villas-Boas would only say of his selection: "We have to decide based on what we feel is best for the team in that precise moment." One player who will expect to keep his place is Didier Drogba, who has once again become the main man at Stamford Bridge, with Fernando Torres forced to make do with a place on the bench. Villas-Boas said: "At the moment, Didier has had his run. "Fernando has had his run in the past. It doesn't mean that we don't trust his abilities. "By the way he's training, he's nearer to competing with Didier every time. "I agree, it has been Didier's run, a run that ended up with goals. "But Fernando's run before was with goals as well. "They are very, very near each other and, again, it's just for me to decide what's best for the team."

Formation:433Manager: Andre Villas-Boas

Chelsea

Formation: 4411Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

  • Petr Cech
  • Jose Bosingwa
  • Branislav Ivanovic
  • John Terry
  • Ashley Cole
  • Ramires
  • Oriol Romeu
  • Raul Meireles
  • Daniel Sturridge
  • Didier Drogba
  • Juan Mata
  • SUBS
  • Ross Turnbull
  • Frank Lampard
  • Fernando Torres
  • Mikel
  • Florent Malouda
  • Paulo Ferreira
  • Salomon Kalou

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Match Report

Chelsea end City's unbeaten run Manchester City pressed the self-destruct button as Chelsea ended their unbeaten start to the Barclays Premier League season and hauled themselves right back into the title race with a 2-1 victory. City were in cruise control midway through the first half at wet and windy Stamford Bridge, looking every inch champions elect as they tormented their opponents. Mario Balotelli scored inside two minutes and they should have been 2-0 up - seeing a decent penalty appeal turned down in the process - before simply losing their way. That allowed Raul Meireles to equalise before half-time after which City simply lost the plot, Gael Clichy picking up two yellow cards in 11 minutes and Joleon Lescott handling in his own box to gift Chelsea their winner. Frank Lampard was the scorer, coming off the bench to smash home a penalty which ended new manager Andre Villas-Boas' run of defeats against other big teams and propelling his side to third place, seven points behind their opponents. Victory capped a week to remember for Chelsea - who beat Valencia on Tuesday to seal their place in the Champions League last 16 - while defeat sealed a week to forget for City, who crashed out of the same competition on Wednesday. They remain favourites to win their first title for 44 years but will have to cut out the indiscipline which has seen them pick up three red cards in their last six Premier League games. There was no recall for Lampard for what was another potential do-or-die night for Chelsea and Balotelli must have been fearing the same fate after breaking a pre-match curfew. But the Italian's latest antics failed to deter Roberto Mancini from picking a man who had scored on his previous four Premier League starts this season and took just two minutes to do so again. The goal owed everything to the brilliance of Sergio Aguero and a slip from Branislav Ivanovic. Aguero received the ball on the right with his back to goal, carried it inside from the right and played in Balotelli, who shrugged off the wrong-footed Ivanovic, rounded Petr Cech and nonchalantly stroked the ball home. City were tearing into Chelsea, forcing errors in their opponents' half, and although the hosts looked to have got a grip when Meireles' drive was deflected over in the 10th minute, they should immediately have been 2-0 down. Ashley Cole gave the ball away, allowing Aguero to race goalward and leave the recalled Jose Bosingwa in a heap before drilling wide. Bosingwa got away with dangling his leg in the box, prompting David Silva to go down, with referee Mark Clattenburg waving away the appeals. Clattenburg also failed to spot an altercation between Yaya Toure and Juan Mata which might have seen either player carded, before Didier Drogba forced the first save of note from Joe Hart in the 25th minute. City's workrate had dipped and they paid the price when former academy graduate Daniel Sturridge brilliantly laid on Chelsea's equaliser. The ball was sprayed to the forward out on the right and he tricked his way past Clichy and crossed for the arriving Meireles to crash into the net on the volley. No-one ran to the bench to celebrate, putting paid to suggestions Chelsea's players had been asked to. Clattenburg's yellow card was soon out, with Meireles and Vincent Kompany both booked before half-time and Clichy just after for hauling back Sturridge. The left-back then tripped the onrushing Ramires two minutes before the hour mark to earn a deserved second booking and leave City down to 10 men. Chelsea poured forward but Oriol Romeu - who had become increasingly influential - was carded for felling Balotelli before Kolo Toure was sent on for Aguero. Chelsea introduced Lampard for Meireles in the 73rd minute shortly before Ramires became the latest player to see yellow for an ugly tackle on Balotelli. Silva was then replaced by Nigel de Jong and Drogba was booked for going through the back of Pablo Zabaleta. Chelsea eventually made the breakthrough seven minutes from time, after Lescott handballed. Lampard smashed the penalty straight down the middle and sent Stamford Bridge into ecstasy. Florent Malouda replaced Mata, Edin Dzeko came on for Lescott and Sturridge was withdrawn for John Obi Mikel - but the game was already up for City.

Form Guide

    LLWLWW
  • Chelsea
  • VS
  • Man City
  • WWWWDW

Last Meetings

  • Chelsea
  • 2 - 0
  • Man City
  • 20/03/2011
  • Man City
  • 1 - 0
  • Chelsea
  • 25/09/2010
  • Chelsea
  • 2 - 4
  • Man City
  • 27/02/2010
  • Man City
  • 2 - 1
  • Chelsea
  • 05/12/2009
  • Chelsea
  • 1 - 0
  • Man City
  • 15/03/2009
  • Man City
  • 1 - 3
  • Chelsea
  • 13/09/2008

Top Scorers

Chelsea

  • D Sturridge 7
  • F Lampard 5
  • J Terry 4
  • JM Mata 3
  • DN Ramires 3
  • D Drogba 2
  • FJ Torres 2
  • N Anelka 1
  • F Malouda 1
  • JS Bosingwa 1
  • S Kalou 1

Man City

  • SL Aguero 10
  • E Dzeko 10
  • M Balotelli 6
  • A Johnson 4
  • DJ Silva 4
  • J Milner 2
  • G Toure Yaya 2
  • V Kompany 2
  • S Nasri 2
  • G Barry 1
  • M Richards 1
  • A Kolarov 1
  • S Savic 1

Goals

Chelsea

    • Total goals 48
    • Goals per game 31
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Man City

    • Total goals 65
    • Goals per game 48
  • 2 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 10 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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