Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea
Manchester City won their home game against Chelsea in the bottom 2-1 (2-1) and kept the gap for title rivals Liverpool at the top of the table at nine points.
In the meantime, it looked like City would continue to lose ground in the race for the championship. Chelsea had the best chances in the fourth place game. In the 16th minute, Chelsea central defender Fikayo Tomori narrowly missed a strong lay-off by Tammy Abraham.
Five minutes later, Chelsea’s Matteo Kovacic sent team-mate N’Golo Kanté into the lead with a long pass from the halfway line. The Frenchman put the ball in front of his compatriot Benjamin Mendy with a long leg and fired the ball with his second touch in front of him and goalkeeper Ederson passed for the header in goal (21st). Kanté scored his third goal of the season with his third goal on goal this season.
It was City’s fourth consecutive game. Against Southampton, they could still turn the game, in the Champions League against Atalanta, it was still enough for a draw, against Liverpool there was a clear defeat in the match at the top of the Premier League.
Coach Pep Guardiola’s team was able to stop this negative trend in the match against Chelsea. First Kevin de Bruyne equalised when he took advantage of a bouncer and exited the back room (29th). Kurt Zouma falsified the ball unsustainablely for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Before the break, Riyad Mahrez shone, firing in front of Kovacic and Emerson from the right and into the penalty area and pulling the ball into the long corner for the header.
Kepa pats, Kepa shines
Before the break, Chelsea’s Kepa almost made sure City scored a third time. The goalkeeper tried to hit the ball for a long time, but landed at the feet of Sergio Agaero. The Argentinian seemed so surprised that his shot only hit the bar.
City had the best chances of the second half. De Bruyne narrowly missed the goal with a sharp angle shot in the 55th minute. Ten minutes later, Kepa showed his class by blaming Mahrez’s shot from eight yards with a strong reflex (65th).
In the process, Chelsea came close to equalising again, but a free kick from substitute Mason Mount narrowly missed city’s corner of the goal (90.-3). For Manchester, Raheem Sterling scored on Ilkay Gondogan’s head, but referee Martin Atkinson withdrew the goal for an offside. (90.-3).
This success has allowed City to overtake the Londoners in the table and are in third place – but nine points behind Liverpool.
Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool (0-0)
Liverpool also won their match on the 13th day of the match, but the success of Jurgen Klopp’s team remained in serious jeopardy until the end. A header from Sadio Mané in the 49th minute equalised for Palace striker Wilfried Zaha in the 82nd minute. After another Liverpool header for Roberto Firmino (85′), Zaha was again very close to equalising – but the Ivorian fired a free kick over the goal from five yards just before the whistle (90th).
West Ham United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur (0-2)
Watford 0-3 Burnley (0-0)
Everton – Norwich City 0-2 (0-0)
Brighton – Hove Albion 0-2 Leicester City (0-0)
AFC Bournemouth – Wolverhampton Wanderers 1:2 (0:2)
Arsenal 2-2 Southampton (1-1)