Premier League football | City battles back to beat Chelsea

The clincher: Riyad Mahrez scores Manchester City’s second goal against Chelsea to keep its title tilt alive.

The clincher: Riyad Mahrez scores Manchester City’s second goal against Chelsea to keep its title tilt alive.  


Manchester City kept Premier League leader Liverpool in its sights on Saturday after battling back to beat Chelsea.

N’Golo Kante gave the visitors a deserved lead midway through the first half at the Etihad but City hit back with a deflected shot from Kevin De Bruyne and a trademark Riyad Mahrez strike to win 2-1.

Pep Guardiola’s men were never entirely comfortable with a one-goal lead but their margin of victory could have been greater as Raheem Sterling found the bottom corner deep into stoppage time, only for VAR to rule the goal out for offside.

Lowest possession

City’s possession figure of 46.74 % is the lowest recorded by a side managed by Pep Guardiola in any of his 381 top-flight matches in charge.

“It was a top game against a top side,” Guardiola told Sky Sports. “Chelsea have been big quality for the past 20 years. When they went ahead in the best moments they had we scored through Kevin De Bruyne. Then we missed a lot of chances.”

Guardiola sounded the alarm over all-time top-scorer Sergio Aguero, who limped off in the second half, saying he feared his injury could be “bad”.

The results: Serie A: Bologna 2 (Palacio 40, Dzemaili 90+5) drew with Parma 2 (Kulusevski 17, Iacoponi 71).

Saturday: Premier League: Arsenal 2 (Lacazette 18, 90+6) drew with Southampton 2 (Ings 8, Ward-Prowse 71); Bournemouth 1 (Cook 59) lost to Wolves 2 (Moutinho 21, Jimenez 31); Brighton 0 lost to Leicester 2 (Perez 64, Vardy 82-pen); Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 82) lost to Liverpool 2 (Mane 49, Firmino 85); Everton 0 lost to Norwich 2 (Cantwell 54, Srbeny 90+2); Manchester City 2 (De Bruyne 29, Mahrez 37) bt Chelsea 1 (Kante 21); Watford 0 lost to Burnley 3 (Wood 53, Barnes 82-pen, Tarkowski 88).

La Liga: Real Betis 2 (Joaquin 37, Canales 90+4) bt Valencia 1 (Gomez 32); Granada 1 (Sanchez 67) drew with Atletico Madrid 1 (Lodi 60); Real Madrid 3 (Benzema 37, Valverde 48, Modric 74) bt Real Sociedad 1 (Willian Jose 2).

Serie A: AC Milan 1 (Bonaventura 29) drew with Napoli 1 (Lozano 24); Torino 0 lost to Inter Milan 3 (Lautaro Martinez 12, De Vrij 32, Lukaku 55).

Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen 1 (Diaby 36) drew with Freiburg 1 (Hoeler 5); Eintracht Frankfurt 0 lost to Wolfsburg 2 (Weghorst 19, Joao Victor 65); Werder Bremen 1 (Osako 80) lost to Schalke 04 2 (Harit 43, Raman 53); Fortuna Dusseldorf 0 lost to Bayern Munich 4 (Pavard 11, Tolisso 27, Gnabry 34, Coutinho 70); RB Leipzig 4 (Werner 22, Forsberg 32-pen, 79, Laimer 37) bt Cologne 1 (Czichos 39).

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