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Premier League: Chelsea and Manchester City Battle to a Thrilling Draw

Manchester City claimed the top spot in the Premier League after a thrilling 4-4 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with Haaland scoring twice.


City took the lead with a VAR-checked penalty converted by Haaland after Marc Cucurella fouled him.

Chelsea equalized with a Thiago Silva header from a Conor Gallagher corner.

It was the first time Chelsea had scored against Manchester City since their triumph in the 2021 Champions League final,marking an end to a streak of six consecutive defeats – four in the league and two in cup competitions.

In the 37th minute, former City forward Raheem Sterling capitalized on a Josko Gvardiol defensive error.

Sterling refused to celebrate but Stamford Bridge erupted in joy.

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Chelsea’s lead lasted less than 10 minutes as defender Manuel Akanji, rose to head City’s equalizer in first-half injury time.

Just a minute into the second half, Haaland secured his second goal, marking his 13th Premier League goal of the season.

However,the treble winners had no time to relax and in the 67th minute,the home side equalized through Nicolas Jackson.

Rodri’s 86th-minute goal which deflected off Thiago Silva, placed the champions in the lead once again.

The visitors might have thought they had the three points in the bag but their hopes were dashed by a 94th-minute penalty after Ruben Dias fouled substitute Armando Broja in the penalty box.

Stepping up to take the shot was Manchester City’s academy graduate Cole Palmer who demonstrated ft by blasting the ball past the goalkeeper.

This marked the 21-year-old’s fourth successful Chelsea penalty in as many attempts.

“Very strange the first time I have played against City,” Palmer told Sky Sports. “I have the upmost respect for the club I spent 15 years at and it is nice to see some friends.”

Rodri said that his side was fatigued as it was not normal for them to concede four goals.

“The level of the Chelsea team has risen and it was not our best performance today. Individually we needed to do a bit more ourselves to concede four goals is not normal for us,” he told Sky Sports.

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The result moved City clear of Liverpool with 28 points from 12 games.Meanwhile, Chelsea move up a place to 10th on 16 points.


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