Man City 2-1 Chelsea highlights: De Bruyne, Mahrez goals seal win at Etihad

As Manchester City faces in-form Chelsea at the Etihad, we bring you the live updates, score and commentary from the much-anticipated Premier League tie.

Riyad Mahrez brought Manchester City back into the game with his goal before the break.   -  Getty Images

Hello and welcome to the LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Chelsea. This is Manasi Pathak and I shall bring you all updates as the action unfurls at the Etihad.

 

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Full time: Man City 2-1 Chelsea: No goals in the second half! However, the two strikes in the first half -- from KdB and Mahrez -- were enough for City, which seals a win over Chelsea.  City is nine points away from Liverpool.

90+3' - GOAL DISALLOWED! Sterling finds the net for City but the VAR rules it out as the Englishman was offside. The City crowd boos the decision.

90+2' - Chelsea has a free-kick in a good spot but Mount's right-footed attempt bends away from the goal. Mount is unhappy with that. So will the Chelsea fans be.

90' - A minimum of four minutes have been added on.

88' - Mahrez threads the ball through to Foden in the box, however the youngster's attempts to find Sterling in the box are blocked! Still 2-1 to City.

85' - A rather casual pass from Ederson as the goalkeeper's delivery ricochets off Batshuayi. To Ederson's relief, it lands safely away from the Chelsea man, but that could have been much worse! Concentration lapse, perhaps?

82' - Mount surges forward to unleash Batshuayi but the striker's attempt to lose the defenders means he loses his footing and slips inside the City box to stall the Chelsea attack.

80' - CHANCE! Willian volleys an effort from distance after Chelsea spice up action off the left wing. The effort is kept out by Ederson and Chelsea demands a corner-kick. Atkinson does not offer the visitor the set piece. 10 minutes of regulation time pending at Etihad.

77' - Jesus comes on for Aguero, who seems to be struggling with his leg. Aguero limps off to an applause from the City crowd.

75' - Double change for Chelsea as Batshuayi and Mount replace Abraham and Jorginho.

73' - Aguero falls in the box after a collision with James. Atkinson thinks there is no foul involved therein as both players were running backwards, looking for the ball.

71' - Chelsea legend John Terry is in attendance at the Etihad! Not too sure if he would be happy scoreline right now.

 

67' - Young Foden is brought off the bench to replace David Silva. Silva seemed to feel some pain in his legs, which explains his substitution.

65' - Fernandinho's effort is blocked by Azipilicueta, which is followed by a vital save from Kepa to deny Mahrez. Still 2-1 at Etihad.

61' - Jorginho picks up a yellow for bringing down an onrushing De Bruyne. He becomes the first player to be booked at Etihad tonight.

59' - Change for Chelsea: Emerson comes off for James. The score is 2-1 in the favour of City right now.

57' - City get into the offence as its attackers push forward. First Mahrez has the ball but he barges it into Zouma. Later, Aguero fails to create much from the right side. A chance wasted for the home side.

56' -  Straight off the training ground! City's low corner is put into the path of Cancelo who can't get enough power on his strike to force the ball over the line.

54' - Kante's effort in the box is kept out, thanks to a deflection from Fernandinho. Chelsea gets the second corner but nothing comes off it.

53' - Sterling with a vital block on Willian, who was aiming to go for a cross from the right side after being set up near the box.

52' - Rodri is being replaced by Gundogan as City makes its first change.

49' - A good, strong run from Mahrez as he sprints from the right side. He makes it way towards the Chelsea box before aiming for the far left corner but his attempt goes wide. Kepa, though, had that post covered.

46' - The second half begins. The changes yet for both outfits.

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Half time: Man City 2-1 Chelsea - The host walks off the break with a lead as it bounced back after trailing in the 21st minute. Kante found the opener for Chelsea but strikes from De Bruyne and Mahrez meant Guardiola's men bounced back sooner.

45' - A minimum of two minutes have been added on. Man City pull strings from the left side as Sterling is released. He makes his way from the flank, before passing the ball to Aguero in the box. Aguero sends it back for David Silva outside the box; Silva sends it up front for Sterling but the England international is in an offside position and a golden chance to make it 3-1 goes waste.

 

43' - Kepa with a big, big blunder as his pass is hit towards Aguero, who takes a shot at goal. The effort bounces off the crossbar, which is a huge relief for Lampard and Co.

40' - David Silva's pass from the left side is played for Aguero in the box. Aguero falls down in the box and the crowd seems to believe Tomori is at fault. Referee Martin Atkinson does not think so and no VAR check is requested for.

37' - GOAL! Mahrez brings City into the lead to make it 2-1! Individual brilliance from Mahrez as he cut in from the right before making his way into the box, and slotting the ball home. City leads at Etihad!

29' - GOAL! De Bruyne makes it 1-1 for City with the equaliser. Being set up by David Silva, De Bruyne takes a shot from outside the box which takes a deflection off Zouma to enter the net. Chelsea's lead was quite short-lived.

 

21' - GOAL! Kante makes it 1-0 for Chelsea as he squeezes the ball into the net after Kovacic found Kante with a brilliant pass.

19' - Willian, from the right, finds Emerson on the opposite flank with a peach of a cross. Emerson gets control of the delivery and goes for goal himself, which does not quite go down well for Tammy, who was in a good spot to put in a better effort.

18' - Pulisic chips the ball over the City defence to find Tammy up front in the box. Tammy is brought down but he is flagged offside before the foul from Cancelo could be acknowleged.

15' - WIDE! Tomori sends a powerful effort from close range wide of the bottom right corner after Chelsea is awarded its first corner, which sees some chaos in the box. Chelsea could have easily had two goals by now.

12' - From the left side, Jorginho cuts in and he finds Kante with his pass. Kante sets up Willian with the ball near the box and the latter tries to chip Ederson at goal, but his effort goes over. Seconds later, there is an opportunity at the other end, which sees Mahrez and Aguero push for the opening goal. No goals so far, however.

8' - CLOSE! A sluggish effort from Mahrez in passing the ball to his defenders sees Tammy pounce on to it. He finds Willian running in from the right as he passes the ball to his team-mate. Willian takes a fine effort, which misses the target. Quite similar to De Bruyne's attempt, four minutes earlier.

4' - WIDE! A near-perfect start for the host as De Bruyne rips open Chelsea's defence to nearly find the net. Fernandinho picks out the space between the Chelsea midfield well as he feeds Aguero with a through ball. Aguero sets up Kevin, who makes a clever run into the box before unleashing a right-footed attempt, which runs wide of the far post.

1' - KICK-OFF! The action begins at Etihad between Man City and Chelsea.

STAT: Man City has scored the most Premier League goals at home this season, with 19, while Chelsea has scored the most on the road, with 18.

10:45 PM: 15 minutes to kick-off now. As things stand, Chelsea is third in the Premier League standings, with Manchester City just behind at fourth. The Blues have 26 points while the Cityzens have 25 points.

 

10:30 PM: Results from Premier League: Liverpool wins 2-1 against Crystal Palace, Wolves registers an away 2-1 victory over Bournemouth, and Leicester City seals 2-0 win over Brighton away from home. Burnley defeats Watford 3-0, while Arsenal settles for a 2-2 draw at home against Southampton. Everton loses at home, going down 0-2 against Norwich.

10:15 PM: Manchester City and Chelsea have both opted for a 4-3-3 formation. Willian, Abraham and Pulisic are leading Chelsea's attack, whereas Mahrez, Aguero and Sterling form the front-three for the host. Mason Mount has been benched by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard; Ederson is in goalkeeping duties for Man City, having recovered from a muscular injury.

10:00 PM: The line-ups are out!

Manchester City XI: Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodrigo, Silva; Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling.

Manchester City subs: Bravo, Walker, Gundogan, Jesus, Angelino, Otamendi, Foden

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azipilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Abraham, Pulisic.

Chelsea subs: Caballero, James, Christensen, Mount, Pedro, Batshuayi, Giroud.

Referee: Martin Atkinson. Assistants: Lee Betts, Constantine Hatzidakis. Fourth official: Jonathan Moss. VAR: Andre Marriner. Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday.

 

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9:40 PM: 20 minutes until the line-up comes out. Meanwhile, Liverpool has taken the lead through Sadio Mane against Crystal Palace. Arsenal is stuck at 1-1 versus Southampton, while Wolves is enjoying a 2-0 lead over Bournemouth, which is down to ten men.

 

Match preview

It has been a long two weeks for Pep Guardiola, left to stew on Manchester City's defeat to leader Liverpool, while his players were away on international duty.

The 3-1 loss at Anfield left City in fourth place, trailing Juergen Klopp's side by nine points with little room for further error.

The increased pressure can be felt heading into today's match when in-form Chelsea visits the Etihad, buzzing with youthful confidence after a run of six straight victories in the Premier League.

Yet Chelsea's run of form needs to be put in context - all six of its consecutive wins were against sides it was expected to beat and it has lost on the two occasions it has faced big-name opposition this season -- at Manchester United on the opening day and at home to Liverpool in September.

This game, therefore, will be an indicator of just how far Lampard has gone in creating a top-four side. For City, however, it is an encounter in which it simply cannot afford to slip-up.

Failure to beat Chelsea could leave Liverpool with a double-figures advantage over the defending champion and it would take a major slump in form for Klopp's men to let that sort of lead slip.