City relinquish top spot after Chelsea loss
Posted: 8 December 2018 Time: 09:04 pm
Chelsea became the first team to beat Manchester City in the English Premier League this season after goals in either half earned the Blues a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.
It was a special occasion for Cesar Azpilicueta made his 300th Premier League appearance in pursuit of putting a disappointing week behind them.
Robbing Jorginho of possession set Leroy Sane up and away on the left side as he delivered a cross that find Raheem Sterling inside the box but he shot straight at Kepa Arrizabalaga.
With limited chances on either end, City and the Blues were still finding their feet approaching the half and hour mark with slow strides on all fronts.
Chelsea were given a big scare when Sane broke inside the box to take a shot away, which was initially blocked by Antonio Rudiger with the follow up forcing Kepa to come out and make a save.
For all their inventiveness and pressure, the Blues went ahead after Eden Hazard’s cut back found Ngolo Kante to blast home on the stroke of halftime.
In the second half, Ederson managed to stop Willian right in his tracks after guiding his free-kick off goal with the rebound going over.
Brazilian international Gabriel Jesus was brought on in the earlier minutes for Sane. Kyle Walker from the shoulder of the defence unleashed a free-kick, which Kepa guided comfortably clear.
Chelsea forcefully made their first change after Matteo Kovacic made way for Ross Barkley at the midway mark.
Space opened up for Pedro to take a shot from range, but Ederson was alerted to make the save to prevent them from going further behind.
The Citizens did eventually succumb to pressure as the Londoners increased their tally by another goal through a looping header from David Luiz off a corner inside the final 15 minutes.
The champions were looking to find a way back, and a very good save from Kepa in added time following Jesus curling shot was the closest it got for them as their unbeaten run ends.