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So the result leaves Manchester City on 63 points, 23 behind Liverpool with only seven games left to play, giving the Reds their first title of the Premier League era. Chelsea remains fourth on 54 points, five ahead of Manchester United.
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Manchester City's 1-2 loss to Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge has handed Liverpool its first ever Premier League title and first English top-division championship in 30 years.
Goals from Christian Pulisic and Willian gave the Blues the win on the night. Kevin De Bruyne had equalised for City through a free-kick. But Fernandinho's red card was the game changer in the end.
LIVERPOOL IS THE PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPION!!!!!!
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AND IT'S FULL TIME!!!!
90' Six minutes of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the second half!!! SUBSTITUTIONS FOR CHELSEA!! Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic make way for Pedro and Billy Gilmour in the middle. Celebrations have already started in parts of Liverpool apparently.
83' CHANCE FOR CHELSEA! Skipper Azpilicueta with a brilliant move on the right flank. He just had to put in a decent cross to complete the move. However, there's too much power on his pass as both Pulisic and Abraham aren't able to reach the ball.
78' GOAAALLLLLLLL!!!!!! CHELSEA 2 - 1 MANCHESTER CITY!!! WILLIAN SCORES!!!! A brilliant spot-kick from the Brazilian forward. He's never missed a Chelsea penalty. He sent Ederson the wrong way and powered one to find the back of the net.
75' SOME MORE DRAMA!!!! IS THAT A HANDBALL BY FERNANDINHO??? Another Chelsea move into the box and it was very close. Tammy Abraham had an amazing chance but Fernandinho cleared the ball away. But did he do it with his hand? VAR CHECK! Looks like a clear hand ball. AND IT'S A PENALTY FOR CHELSEA!! RED CARD FOR FERNANDINHO!!!
71' AN UNBELIEVABLE GOALLINE CLEARANCE!!!!!!! WALKER IS A SUPERSTAR!!! Pulisic thought he scored there, both teams thought that was a goal but Kyle Walker had other ideas. Pulisic had an open goal to shoot at after dribbling past Ederson. But Walker put in an unbelievable sliding tackle to avert the danger.
67' CORNER FOR CITY!! Gabriel Jesus brilliantly won the set-piece. Riyad Mahrez will take it. He sends a beautiful ball into the box. It hits a few heads and reaches Sterling whose shot just misses the target. Chelsea is struggling here.
62' CHELSEA CHANGE! Olivier Giroud makes way for Tammy Abraham. WHAT A CHANCE! Ederson with a miserable pass straight to Mason Mount, who evades a defender and takes a shot at goal. But he can only find the side net. Chelsea should have been ahead there.
58' SUBSTITUTIONS!!! Manchester City has made three changes so far, while Chelsea hasn't made any. Gabriel Jesus, David Silva and Oleksandr Zinchenko have replaced Bernardo Silva, Rodri and Benjamin Mendy in the middle. The first two happened before the goal.
55' GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! CHELSEA 1 - 1 MANCHESTER CITY!!!! DE BRUYNE EQUALISES!! It was a free-kick at the edge of the box. The Belgian playmaker stepped up to take it after a loose foul by Kante. He found the top left corner with precision, thereby equalising for his team.
52' Christensen is back on the field. CHANCE FOR CITY! Bernardo Silva finds Benjamin Mendy at the edge of the box, but he produces a wild shot which goes high over the bar. Manchester City is building pressure on Chelsea here.
48' INJURY! Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen is writhing in pain. He collided with a Manchester City player. The medical staff come into the field to take a look. Christensen is moving on to the sidelines with the Chelsea physio. Game restarts.
THE SECOND HALF IS UNDERWAY!
Benjamin Mendy's error proved too costly for Manchester City in the first half as Christian Pulisic put Chelsea in the lead. The home side might have done Liverpool a huge favour here.
Anything less than a win for City tonight would mean that Liverpool will win its first ever Premier League title and first English top-division championship in 30 years. Forty-five minutes to go. Stay tuned!
AND IT'S HALF-TIME!!!
45+2' OFFSIDE!!! Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud was a little too eager to move forward and he's offside by quite a bit here. The linesman was spot on with his call. One last Manchester City move in this half begins.
45' Two minutes of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the first half! The Chelsea defence clears a dangerous cross from Kevin De Bruyne. This has pretty much been the story of the day for City. Its attackers have always let the opposition defenders get to a cross first.
41' CHANCE FOR CHELSEA! Another Christian Pulisic move forward. He breaks past challenges around the box, but puts too much pace on the low cross to Willian at the middle of the box. Manchester City players look tired.
36' GOAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! PULISIC SCORES!!!! CHELSEA 1 - 0 MANCHESTER CITY! It was a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick at the other end. Chelsea players cleared the ball away. Mendy received it in midfield. But there was no communication between him and Gundogan as he played a side pass. Pulisic rushed on to the loose ball, sprinted forward and found the back of the net with a composed finish.
33' WHAT A CHANCE FOR CHELSEA!!! First, Mason Mount received a brilliant through ball from midfield but his final shot was blocked by the City defence. Moments later, Ross Barkley was at the end of a rebound. However, as he fired a shot on goal, Fernandinho made a goalline clearance.
29' CHANCE FOR CITY! Raheem Sterling goes on a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as Chelsea captain Azpilicueta blocks him. Chelsea is slowly gaining momentum with a few City mistakes.
25' FREE-KICK FOR MANCHESTER CITY!!! Kevin De Bruyne takes a short free kick. The Belgian gets the ball back and lets one fly but Rudiger blocks the shot. Chelsea regains possession.
20' GOOD SAVE FROM KEPA! It was a great cross into the box and Fernandinho got to it first with his head. However, Chelsea keeper Kepa pushed the ball above the post to keep the scores level. Manchester City has come close to scoring yet again.
16' WHAT A CHANCE FOR CITY!!! Kepa almost made a mess out of a straightforward save. Bernardo Silva almost gave City the lead. The initial shot was stopped by Kepa but he pushed the ball toward Silva who missed the target by a whisker.
13' CORNER FOR CHELSEA! Willian will take the set-piece. It was a great delivery into the box. But Aymeric Laporte overpowers Olivier Giroud to avert the danger for Manchester City.
10' Kyle Walker looks to break free, but his touch lets him down and he loses the ball on the right wing. However, moments later, Man City recovers the ball and initiates another move forward with Mendy on the other wing. Once again, Kepa comes to Chelsea's rescue.
7' CROSS! It was a long one from Benjamin Mendy. Raheem Sterling was in the middle and Bernardo Silva was close to Mendy on the left flank. It's been all Manchester City in the first few minutes.
3' CHANCE! Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan did his best to latch onto a through ball from Fernandinho up front, but there was too much on the ball as Chelsea gains possession.
AND THE MATCH IS UNDERWAY!
12:30 PM IST: The players are still warming up. Gabriel Jesus isn't starting for Manchester City. Raheem Sterling will lead the line in the absence of Sergio Aguero, who is out due to injury.
The team line-ups are out!
CHELSEA XI: Kepa Arrizabalaga (G), Marcos Alonso, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta (C), Ross Barkley, N'Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Olivier Giroud, Willian.
COACH: Frank Lampard.
MANCHESTER CITY XI: Ederson (G), Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho (C), Benjamin Mendy, Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva.
COACH: Pep Guardiola.
Liverpool's 30-year wait to win the English title could come to an end this week, but the Reds must rely on Manchester City dropping points at the Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 4-0 on Wednesday to move closer to a first ever Premier League title. However, a City victory over Chelsea on Thursday could mathematically delay the inevitable.
Meanwhile, City’s strength in depth was on show as Pep Guardiola was able to make eight changes for Monday's 5-0 thrashing of Burnley.
Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are among those expected to come back into the side for the stiffer test of Chelsea, which will be looking to cement its place in the top four.
Frank Lampard’s men had come from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Sunday to open up a five-point lead over Manchester United and Wolves, which is now cut-short to two, after both sides won their respective games on Wednesday.
“Now we have three points when some teams have lost points around us. We played well in patches but when they put us under pressure slightly, I thought we gave it away too easily - things we will definitely have to clean up on in the future games coming up,” said Lampard after the clash against Villa.
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