City come from behind to beat Chelsea

Man City 2 Chelsea 1

Chelsea’s winning run was ended by Manchester City, who came from behind to beat them at the Etihad Stadium.

N’Golo Kante put the visitors ahead but City responded with Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected strike and Riyad Mahrez’s cool finish before the interval.

Chelsea were excellent for much of the first half and took the lead on 21 minutes.

Mateo Kovacic beautifully lifted the ball towards Kante, who held off Benjamin Mendy and slotted past keeper Ederson.

However, De Bruyne scored against his former club to haul City level eight minutes later.

David Silva strode forward and found the Belgian, who turned inside Jorginho and saw his shot take a deflection off Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, wrongfooting keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Mahrez’s goal was superbly taken – although he was helped by some sloppy Chelsea defending.

He picked up the ball on the right and darted between Emerson Palmieri and Kovacic before shooting through the legs of Blues centre-back Fikayo Tomori and into the far corner of the net.

And a mistake by Kepa almost gifted City another goal a couple of minutes before half-time.

Kepa’s appalling clearance fell straight to Sergio Aguero, who fired against the bar.

Chelsea had won their previous six Premier League games – and their previous seven away matches in all competitions.

But they struggled to create clear-cut chances in the second half and Willian’s volley inches over the bar with 10 minutes remaining was the closest they came to an equaliser.

City thought they had added a third in injury time, but Raheem Sterling’s goal was disallowed for offside after a WAR check.

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Tomori, Zouma, Emerson (James 59), Kovacic, Kante, Jorginho (Mount 73), Willian, Abraham (Batshuayi 73), Pulisic.
Subs not used: Caballero, Christensen, Pedro, Giroud.