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Chelsea   2 - 0   Man City

David Luiz celebrates Chelsea's opening goal
Luiz breaks the deadlock for Chelsea on 78 minutes with a fine header

By Alistair Magowan
BBC Sport at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea overtook Manchester City to move into third place in the Premier League and signal their title hopes might not be over after late goals by David Luiz and Ramires.

Brazilian defender Luiz proved his growing status as a star at Stamford Bridge in a closely fought battle that for long periods looked like it would end in a goalless draw.

The 23-year-old rose to meet Didier Drogba's free-kick on 78 minutes and Ramires added the gloss in injury time to relieve the Chelsea crowd, who had suffered a frustrating afternoon up to that point.

The result will also give Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti further confidence after his position was said to be up for discussion in May by chief executive Ron Gourlay on Sunday morning.

For City, an early Yaya Toure shot saved by Petr Cech, was as good as it got and as the game wore on their attacking threat was often snuffed out by the excellent Luiz.

So the defeat - which ended a run of three victories against the Blues - will again raise questions about Roberto Mancini's defensive approach and it will give Tottenham hope that they can beat them to the fourth Champions League spot.

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Mancini's side started brightly with David Silva picking up the ball in deep areas and it was his through-ball that presented Toure with a rare opening but his shot was well saved by Cech down to his right.

Chelsea withstood that early pressure and began to respond themselves, with Salomon Kalou bursting into the box - but he was tripped by his own player Ramires when the ball broke to him in the penalty area.

That began a dominant spell for the hosts, with Ashley Cole going close and much of Chelsea's impetus was down their left side. Yet while there was some good interchanges between Cole, Florent Malouda and Kalou, the City defence stood strong.

Even when Ancelotti's team attacked on the break, the likes of Nigel de Jong were there to cover, epitomised by a superb tackle on Fernando Torres when he was put through by Kalou.

Still looking for his first Chelsea goal, Torres was paired with Kalou up front with Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka relegated to the bench but the Spaniard remained on the periphery for most of the game.

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Indeed, it said something for the goalmouth action in the first half that things were brought more to life when Malouda was caught in the air between Micah Richards and Edin Dzeko and was lucky not to receive a booking after he took his revenge on James Milner with a wild lunge.

Chelsea's best chance of the half came when the otherwise excellent Vincent Kompany slipped, allowing Malouda's cross to reach Kalou, but the Ivorian's turn and shot was straight at Joe Hart.

Kalou then perhaps showed his lack of first-team action on 50 minutes when he again failed to test the City keeper after Torres and Malouda combined well.

John Terry, restored as permanent England captain, suffered a scare soon afterwards when he injured his knee tackling Toure, causing much concern for the watching England boss Fabio Capello ahead of his side's Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales next Saturday.

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But the Chelsea skipper appeared to recover and in truth City rarely threatened as they showed few signs of repeating the recent success they had enjoyed over their opponents.

Without the injured Carlos Tevez, Dzeko toiled up front on his own and where he did have chances to make an impression, he was soon thwarted by Luiz, who was always quick to cover.

Sensing City's lack of ambition, Ancelotti made a double substitution replacing Torres and Malouda with Drogba and Anelka on 70 minutes.

But it was the fantastic Luiz who helped craft and indeed score Chelsea's breakthrough. Earning a free-kick deep on the left, the Brazilian met Drogba's free-kick with an unstoppable header to crown a glorious performance.

Following the goal, Mancini brought on Mario Balotelli and Adam Johnson for Toure and Milner but they made little impression before Ramires doubled Chelsea's lead in injury time.

Michael Essien clipped the ball to the Brazilian and after he weaved through the City defence he calmly stroked the ball past Hart.

There was no doubting who the hero was at the finish, though, with Chelsea fans singing Luiz's name after a deafening roar at the final whistle.

The only sour note for Chelsea was the injury to Terry but for now that will be a bigger concern for Capello.

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Sunday, 20 March 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 2-0 Man City FT
(HT 0-0)
  • David Luiz 78
  • Ramires 90+2

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    Man City

    Substitutes

    Ref: FoyAtt: 41,741
    CHELSEA
    MAN CITY

    Possession

    • Chelsea 49%
    • Man City 51%

    Attempts on target

    • Chelsea 11
    • Man City 2

    Attempts off target

    • Chelsea 5
    • Man City 3

    Corners

    • Chelsea 5
    • Man City 1

    Fouls

    • Chelsea 16
    • Man City 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:18 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+3:51 Mario Balotelli concedes a free kick for a foul on John Terry. Michael Essien restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+3:07 Foul by Marinho David Luiz on Edin Dzeko, free kick awarded. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+3:07 Booking Marinho David Luiz receives a yellow card.
    • 90:00+1:15 Assist on the goal came from Michael Essien.
    • 90:00+1:15 GOAL - RamiresChelsea 2 - 0 Man City Ramires fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-0 Man City.
    • 90:00+0:45 The ball is delivered by Adam Johnson, save made by Petr Cech.
    • 90:00+0:16 Ramires challenges Nigel De Jong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 89:21 Didier Drogba fouled by Aleksandar Kolarov, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Essien takes the direct free kick.
    • 89:21 Booking Aleksandar Kolarov shown a yellow card.
    • 88:55 Didier Drogba produces a cross, clearance by Aleksandar Kolarov.
    • 88:36 Short corner taken by Didier Drogba from the left by-line.
    • 88:26 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.
    • 85:11 Effort from outside the penalty box by Nicolas Anelka goes wide left of the target.
    • 82:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Vincent Kompany on Ashley Cole. Direct free kick taken by Michael Essien.
    • 81:23 Ramires fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Didier Drogba crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Aleksandar Kolarov.
    • 81:23 Booking Gareth Barry goes into the referee's book.
    • 80:22 Substitution Adam Johnson joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Milner.
    • 80:00 Substitution Mario Balotelli is brought on as a substitute for Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
    • 77:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marinho David Luiz by Micah Richards. Assist by Didier Drogba.
    • 77:58 GOAL - Marinho David LuizChelsea 1 - 0 Man City Marinho David Luiz finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Chelsea 1-0 Man City.
    • 76:55 Frank Lampard delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
    • 76:37 Substitution Yury Zhirkov comes on in place of Salomon Kalou.
    • 76:21 Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicolas Anelka.
    • 73:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Aleksandar Kolarov. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Frank Lampard, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
    • 72:43 The referee penalises James Milner for handball. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.
    • 69:55 Substitution Nicolas Anelka joins the action as a substitute, replacing Florent Malouda.
    • 69:34 Substitution (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Didier Drogba coming on for Fernando Torres.
    • 69:23 Unfair challenge on Marinho David Luiz by Edin Dzeko results in a free kick. Marinho David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.
    • 69:19 The ball is delivered by Ramires, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.
    • 67:29 Foul by Ramires on Aleksandar Kolarov, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
    • 67:29 Booking Ramires goes into the book.
    • 66:33 Unfair challenge on Vincent Kompany by Salomon Kalou results in a free kick. Vincent Kompany restarts play with the free kick.
    • 65:32 Foul by Marinho David Luiz on Edin Dzeko, free kick awarded. The ball is crossed by James Milner, Headed effort on goal by Edin Dzeko from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
    • 65:22 Shot by Edin Dzeko. Marinho David Luiz gets a block in.
    • 63:01 Unfair challenge on James Milner by Ramires results in a free kick. Free kick taken by James Milner.
    • 62:55 Foul by Michael Essien on James Milner, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
    • 61:48 Florent Malouda decides to take the corner short.
    • 61:28 Frank Lampard crosses the ball, Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.
    • 61:00 Corner from right by-line taken by Frank Lampard.
    • 60:05 Effort on goal by Branislav Ivanovic from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 59:51 Shot by Michael Essien. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
    • 58:37 Unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Fernando Torres results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
    • 57:32 Nigel De Jong gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien. Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
    • 57:32 Booking Nigel De Jong booked.
    • 56:59 The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernando Torres. Free kick taken by Micah Richards.
    • 51:19 Aleksandar Kolarov delivers the ball, clearance by Marinho David Luiz.
    • 50:50 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 49:02 Florent Malouda takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Joleon Lescott.
    • 48:50 Salomon Kalou produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Gareth Barry.
    • 48:23 Aleksandar Kolarov sends in a cross, save by Petr Cech.
    • 47:53 Foul by Marinho David Luiz on Aleksandar Kolarov, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
    • 47:22 Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda. Michael Essien takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:05 The first half comes to an end.
    • 44:29 Corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
    • 44:17 The ball is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov, Marinho David Luiz makes a clearance.
    • 43:53 The ball is swung over by Ashley Cole, Gareth Barry makes a clearance.
    • 41:20 Florent Malouda produces a cross, Shot by Salomon Kalou. Joe Hart makes a comfortable save.
    • 38:50 James Milner concedes a free kick for a foul on Florent Malouda. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
    • 36:23 Fernando Torres fouled by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, the ref awards a free kick. Branislav Ivanovic takes the direct free kick.
    • 35:53 Ramires is caught offside. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 35:26 The ball is swung over by Ramires, Effort from 12 yards by Frank Lampard. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
    • 33:48 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, clearance made by James Milner.
    • 33:09 Branislav Ivanovic crosses the ball, blocked by Aleksandar Kolarov.
    • Correction - 30:58 James Milner has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
    • 30:58 Gnegneri Toure Yaya produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
    • 28:47 Shot from outside the box by Frank Lampard goes wide right of the target.
    • 25:16 Shot on goal comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick.
    • 24:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by James Milner.
    • 24:53 Booking James Milner shown a yellow card.
    • 24:32 The ball is sent over by James Milner, save by Petr Cech.
    • 22:55 The assistant referee flags for offside against Fernando Torres. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 21:50 The ball is sent over by Frank Lampard, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.
    • 21:19 Aleksandar Kolarov has an effort at goal. Marinho David Luiz gets a block in.
    • 20:27 Michael Essien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
    • 17:57 Frank Lampard produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 17:08 Florent Malouda takes a shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.
    • 15:16 Salomon Kalou concedes a free kick for a foul on Micah Richards. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.
    • 13:55 Shot by Ashley Cole from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
    • 12:40 The ball is sent over by Florent Malouda.
    • 7:45 Unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Ramires results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
    • 6:46 Unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko by Michael Essien results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
    • Correction - 5:35 Gnegneri Toure Yaya has a drilled shot. Save by Petr Cech.
    • 5:35 Effort from 20 yards by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.
    • 3:16 The ball is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov, comfortable save by Petr Cech.
    • 2:36 Foul by Ramires on Aleksandar Kolarov, free kick awarded. Aleksandar Kolarov restarts play with the free kick.
    • 2:19 Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov. Aleksandar Kolarov restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:48 Michael Essien challenges Edin Dzeko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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    20 Mar 2011 23:59 UK


    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 20 Mar 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 30 34 63
    2 Arsenal 29 30 58
    3 Chelsea 29 29 54
    4 Man City 30 18 53
    5 Tottenham 29 7 49
    6 Liverpool 30 5 45
    7 Bolton 30 1 40
    8 Everton 30 1 40
    9 Sunderland 30 -4 38
    10 Stoke 30 -2 37
    11 Newcastle 30 -1 36
    12 Fulham 30 0 35
    13 Blackburn 30 -12 33
    14 Aston Villa 30 -14 33
    15 Blackpool 30 -15 33
    16 West Brom 30 -15 33
    17 West Ham 30 -13 32
    18 Wolves 30 -14 32
    19 Birmingham 29 -13 31
    20 Wigan 30 -22 30

    see also
    Ancelotti not giving up on title
    20 Mar 11 |  Premier League
    Sunday football as it happened
    20 Mar 11 |  Football
    Sunday's football photos
    20 Mar 11 |  Football
    Chelsea to assess Ancelotti role
    20 Mar 11 |  Chelsea
    Terry returns as England captain
    20 Mar 11 |  Football



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