Saturday, 3 December 2016

Chelsea Punish City: Aguero Sent Off asCosta Inspires 2nd-half Fightback toTriumph in Manchester

Diego Costa produced a remarkable
performance to help Chelsea secure a 3-1
victory away at Manchester City on
Saturday.
Chelsea’s eighth successive Premier League
win cemented their place at the top of the
table – but their victory at Etihad Stadium
ended in chaos as Manchester City’s Sergio
Aguero and Fernandinho were sent off in
injury time.
Antonio Conte’s side delivered an
impressive statement of intent as they cut
City apart on the break after going behind
to Gary Cahill’s own goal on the stroke of
half-time, when he diverted Jesus Navas’s
cross beyond Thibaut Courtois.
The game turned on Kevin De Bruyne’s
56th minute miss with City in control,
crashing Navas’s cross against the bar from
inside the six-yard area.
Chelsea were level on the hour when Diego
Costa outmuscled Nicolas Otamendi to
score and they were ahead ten minutes
later when substitute Willian raced clear to
beat City keeper Claudio Bravo with ease.
Eden Hazard completed a magnificent win
for Chelsea with another goal on the break,
showing too much pace for Aleksandar
Kolarov to wrap up three vital points.
It is unlikely either Manchester City or
Chelsea have heard the last of a shameful
conclusion to a high-class game of football
as players and officials from both sides
became embroiled in ugly scenes.
City’s frustration at what they believed
were a series of injustices at the hands of
referee Anthony Taylor boiled over injury
time as Aguero caught Luiz high and late,
which happened after the Argentine
clashed with the defender at a corner
earlier.
Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah joined in and
was lucky not to see red as a crowd scene
developed on the touchline as Fernandinho
was sent off for grabbing Fabregas.
Even then, Fernandinho had to be forced
to leave the pitch and with the whole
situation threatening to go completely out
of control, it was fortunate referee Taylor
was able to blow the final whistle seconds
later.
It is hard to see how both clubs can escape
censure for a failure to control their
players.
Man of the match: Eden Hazard
(Chelsea)Chelsea’s eighth successive
Premier League win cemented their place
at the top of the table – but their victory at
Etihad Stadium ended in chaos as
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and
Fernandinho were sent off in injury time.

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