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Man City   1 - 0   Chelsea

Carlos Tevez is mobbed by jubilant team-mates after City's winner
Carlos Tevez (left) is mobbed by jubilant team-mates after City's winner

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Eastlands

Manchester City ended Chelsea's flawless start to the Premier League season as Carlos Tevez's second-half solo goal settled a tense encounter at Eastlands.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti took on his City counterpart and fellow Italian Roberto Mancini with the men from Stamford Bridge riding high on the back of five straight League wins and a flurry of goals.

It was a golden sequence that had even Mancini predicting that Chelsea would cruise to the title again this season - but this meeting with big-spending City was also regarded as by far the biggest test of Ancelotti's champions.

Mancini delighted with 'fantastic' Tevez

And so it proved, as City stifled Chelsea's attacking potency with fiercely-disciplined defence and close midfield attentions, offering encouragement to those hoping to take their crown away and allowing captain Tevez to spring the trap on the hour.

The visitors conceded possession as Mancini's men broke from defence, and Tevez ran half the length of the pitch before making light of Ashley Cole's presence to fire his finish across Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech and in off the post.

A sign of Tevez's impact on this expensively-rebuilt City side was that it was his 25th goal in his last 29 Premier League matches and his sixth in his last five games against Chelsea.

The west Londoners, who hit the post through Branislav Ivanovic in the first half, were unable to mount any response and their lack of threat was underlined when Ancelotti removed a surprised Didier Drogba with 15 minutes left - but to no avail.

City doggedly defied all Chelsea's attempts to fight their way back into the game, with the influence of injured Frank Lampard badly missed.

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For the home side, despite their manager's downbeat assessment of their ability to challenge Chelsea in the title race, this victory against a side that has carried all before them in the league will only add to their confidence that they can make an impact near the top of the table this season.

Mancini left exciting Adam Johnson on the bench, and the England winger's creation and unpredictability was missed in a dour first 45 minutes.

James Milner caused Chelsea's only moments of alarm, with a free-kick that was touched away by Cech and a driven low cross on the stroke of half-time that was scrambled to safety by John Terry with Tevez closing in.

The visitors did not offer much more as a attacking force, although they came closest to scoring on the half-hour when Alex headed into the path of Ivanovic, who headed against the post before forcing City keeper Joe Hart into a diving save from the rebound.

The second half opened with what could almost be termed a flurry of action after the stalemate of the opening period, with Hart turning away Nicolas Anelka's shot with his fingertips and Cech being forced to save down at his near post from David Silva.

And the renewed ambition from both sides saw Mancini's side go ahead after 59 minutes with a solo effort from Tevez. Ramires conceded possession under pressure from Milner, and when Yaya Toure fed Tevez, the Argentine ran unchallenged from the halfway line, with Terry and Cole in retreat, to score off the post.

Man City are title rivals - Ancelotti

The challenge had been thrown down to Ancelotti's men, but it was City who almost had the opportunity to add to their lead only for Alex to get a crucial touch to Tevez's cross with Silva lurking behind.

Drogba had endured a frustrating afternoon, but he still flashed a look of surprise in the direction of his manager when he was substituted with 15 minutes left. Former City youngster Daniel Sturridge was his replacement, and his Eastlands return was not well received as he was greeted by a storm of jeering.

The home side made a change of their own minutes later, when the limping Silva was replaced by Johnson - and Mancini's side were able to close out the victory in comfort.

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Saturday, 25 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 1-0 Chelsea FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Tevez 59

    Man City

    Substitutes

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    Ref: MarrinerAtt: 47,203
    MAN CITY
    CHELSEA

    Possession

    • Man City 43%
    • Chelsea 57%

    Attempts on target

    • Man City 6
    • Chelsea 4

    Attempts off target

    • Man City 2
    • Chelsea 11

    Corners

    • Man City 3
    • Chelsea 4

    Fouls

    • Man City 10
    • Chelsea 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:26 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+3:13 Gnegneri Toure Yaya fouled by Michael Essien, the ref awards a free kick. James Milner takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+1:54 Booking Alex booked.
    • 90:00+0:22 Adam Johnson fouled by Yuri Zhirkov, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 89:46 Michael Essien takes a shot from 25 yards. Save made by Joe Hart.
    • 87:51 Substitution Jerome Boateng joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dedryk Boyata.
    • 86:25 The referee blows for offside. Alex restarts play with the free kick.
    • 85:16 Direct free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
    • 85:16 Substitution Carlos Tevez goes off and Emmanuel Adebayor comes on.
    • 85:16 Branislav Ivanovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Milner.
    • 82:42 John Terry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez. Carlos Tevez has an effort direct from the free kick.
    • 81:15 Carlos Tevez is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Joshua McEachran.
    • 80:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta by Ashley Cole. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.
    • 80:12 Vincent Kompany takes the free kick.
    • 79:48 Substitution Ramires leaves the field to be replaced by Joshua McEachran.
    • Correction - 79:19 Booking Booking for Ramires for unsporting behaviour.
    • 79:19 Booking The referee shows Nicolas Anelka a yellow card.
    • Correction - 79:13 Foul by Ramires on Gnegneri Toure Yaya, free kick awarded.
    • 79:13 Gnegneri Toure Yaya fouled by Ramires, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 78:02 Effort from the edge of the area by Ashley Cole goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 76:57 Substitution David Silva goes off and Adam Johnson comes on.
    • 76:24 The ball is crossed by Florent Malouda, Alex has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 76:06 Booking The referee books Dedryk Boyata for unsporting behaviour.
    • 75:58 Dedryk Boyata challenges Yuri Zhirkov unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 74:17 Substitution Daniel Sturridge replaces Didier Drogba.
    • 73:20 Shot from just outside the box by Michael Essien goes over the target.
    • 70:04 Michael Essien has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 67:57 Substitution (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Yuri Zhirkov coming on for Mikel.
    • 67:23 Pablo Zabaleta decides to take a short corner.
    • 66:35 Alex fouled by Carlos Tevez, the ref awards a free kick. Alex restarts play with the free kick.
    • 64:21 James Milner takes the direct free kick.
    • 64:21 Booking Mikel booked.
    • 64:02 Carlos Tevez fouled by Mikel, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 62:16 Shot from 18 yards by Ramires. Kolo Toure gets a block in.
    • 61:01 Ramires fouled by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel takes the free kick.
    • 59:58 David Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Cole. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
    • 59:45 Shot by Didier Drogba. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 58:31 Assist by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
    • 58:31 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 1 - 0 Chelsea Carlos Tevez fires in a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Chelsea.
    • 57:22 Corner taken by Didier Drogba from the right by-line.
    • 54:42 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva played to the near post, clearance by Florent Malouda.
    • 54:27 David Silva takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Petr Cech.
    • 53:34 Unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Michael Essien results in a free kick. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.
    • 51:41 Pablo Zabaleta fouled by Didier Drogba, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by James Milner from left wing, save made by Petr Cech.
    • 48:08 Unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by Gnegneri Toure Yaya results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
    • 46:24 Corner taken by Didier Drogba, Header from deep inside the area by Michael Essien goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 45:58 Effort from 20 yards by Nicolas Anelka. Save made by Joe Hart.
    • 45:23 Ramires fouled by David Silva, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ashley Cole.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:06 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 43:25 Shot from just outside the box by Michael Essien goes over the bar.
    • 42:52 Didier Drogba has a drilled shot. Blocked by Kolo Toure.
    • 36:06 Didier Drogba challenges Nigel De Jong unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by David Silva, John Terry makes a clearance.
    • 34:28 Direct free kick taken by Didier Drogba.
    • 34:28 Booking Pablo Zabaleta receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 34:17 Pablo Zabaleta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 30:29 Didier Drogba fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Essien takes the free kick.
    • 29:07 Mikel concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Tevez. Shot comes in from James Milner from the free kick.
    • 28:33 Branislav Ivanovic sends in a cross, Pablo Zabaleta makes a clearance.
    • 27:57 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Didier Drogba from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
    • 27:01 Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Fantastic save by Joe Hart.
    • 26:24 Didier Drogba decides to take the corner short.
    • 25:37 Centre by Pablo Zabaleta, save made by Petr Cech.
    • 23:39 James Milner takes the outswinging corner, Kolo Toure takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
    • 19:59 Michael Essien has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide left.
    • 18:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Barry on Michael Essien. Alex takes the direct free kick.
    • 17:07 Nicolas Anelka has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 16:37 Pablo Zabaleta takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.
    • 16:25 Shot by James Milner from 20 yards. Michael Essien gets a block in.
    • 8:13 Branislav Ivanovic challenges Pablo Zabaleta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by James Milner.
    • 6:38 Shot from just outside the box by Carlos Tevez misses to the left of the target.
    • 2:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by James Milner. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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    As it stood on 25 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 6 19 15
    2 Arsenal 6 9 11
    3 Man Utd 5 7 11
    4 Man City 6 5 11
    5 West Brom 6 -3 10
    6 Fulham 6 1 8
    7 Tottenham 6 1 8
    8 Blackburn 6 0 8
    9 Newcastle 5 2 7
    10 Sunderland 6 0 7
    11 Birmingham 6 -1 7
    12 Aston Villa 5 -3 7
    13 Blackpool 6 -5 7
    14 Bolton 5 -1 6
    15 Liverpool 6 -3 6
    16 Wolves 5 -2 5
    17 Wigan 6 -11 5
    18 Stoke 5 -3 4
    19 West Ham 6 -9 4
    20 Everton 6 -3 3

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