Manchester City dominated most of the match, but goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz ensured it was Chelsea who triumphed.
2018/2019 Premier League
Manchester City suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season as N’Golo Kante and David Luiz secured a hard-fought 2-0 victory for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The reigning champions were on top from the outset, but Pep Guardiola’s decision to play Raheem Sterling through the middle in the absence of the injured Sergio Aguero failed to pay dividends and they were unable to regain top spot from Liverpool, who beat Bournemouth 4-0 earlier on Saturday to edge a point clear.
8′ CHANCE! Sterling’s shot saved
Sterling! A golden chance for City goes begging as, following a break from Fernandinho, the England international can’t tuck a square pass from the penalty spot past Kepa.
32′ CHANCE! Sane’s shot blocked
Sane! The Germany man is released with a wonderful throughball and puts Azpilicueta on the ground as he turns him inside out. His shot – and Delph’s follow-up – are deflected however and Chelsea survive.
45’GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Man City (Kante)
KANTE FOR CHELSEA! 1-0! An absolute sucker punch of a goal for the hosts! David Luiz finds Pedro out wide on the right with a long cross, who tips it back to the left flank for Willian. Both he and Alonso can’t find space to shoot, but Hazard drifts it back to the Frenchman who arrives with a thundering right foot to put it into the roof of the net.
78’GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Man City (Luiz)
DAVID LUIZ FOR CHELSEA! 2-0! That is an absolutely fantastic header from the defender to get his first goal in 14 months and double his side’s lead! Hazard swings a perfectly weighted corner in, the centre-back rises above the rest of the box and puts a looping header over Ederson into the top-right corner.
Chelsea XI: Willian, D.Luiz, Azpilicueta, E. Hazard, Pedro, M.Alonso, M. Kovačić, Jorginho, A. Rüdiger, Kepa, N. Kanté
Subs: Fàbregas, W. Caballero, O. Giroud, Barkley, Emerson, A. Christensen, R. Loftus-Cheek
Man City XI: David Silva, Fernandinho, F. Delph, K. Walker, Mahrez, R. Sterling, A.Laporte, J. Stones, Ederson Moraes, Sané, Bernardo Silva
Subs: V. Kompany, N. Otamendi, İ. Gündoğan, Danilo, Gabriel Jesus, Foden, A. Murić