Sunday, February 28, 2010

Two goals each from Carlos Tevez and Craig Bellamy helped Man City to a stunning 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge.

- Lampard 42,
- Lampard (pen) 90

- Tevez 45,
- Bellamy 51,
- Tevez (pen) 76,
- Bellamy 87

**Two goals each from Carlos Tevez and Craig Bellamy helped Man City to a stunning 4-2 win over nine-man Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea dominated the early exchanges but failed to create a real chance until the opening goal on 42 minutes.

It was perhaps the most predictable part of a truly astonishing afternoon that exploded into life once Chelsea's patience pays off with a fine goal from the marvellous Frank Lampard.

Came as little surprise when the hosts finally went ahead following a slick through ball from Joe Cole that slid between Kompany and Richards, leaving Frank Lampard to strike the ball passed Given, 1-0 the host lead.

Carlos Tevez to snatch the ball ahead of Terry in the Chelsea half. The Argentine dribbled beyond the Englishman to the edge of the area, bamboozling Ricardo Carvalho as he did so, before scuffing a shot that somehow that allows Tevez to get his head down and charge towards goal, 1-1 leveled position.

Things got even worse for Chelsea five minutes into the second half. City again broke rapidly and Craig Bellamy went on a mazy run before firing low left-footed into the corner.

A wonderful goal from Craig Bellamy, that still a really good goal and classy, 2-1 the visitor lead.

Belletti misjudged a header and that allowed Barry to get goalside of him in the area. Belletti had no way of getting the ball and brought him down; the touch was minimal but enough to knock Barry over. A clear penalty, and a red card for Belletti as well.

A fine penalty from Tevez, smacked low to Hilario's right and into the corner. Hilario went the right way but he wasn't getting near that, 3-1 position for City. Tevez has been really brilliant today.

And the drama did not finish there as Michael Ballack was also sent off for two yellow cards and the German had no complaints when Mike Dean produced a second yellow.

The Blues players continued to take the fight to their Mancunian rivals. A powerful Drogba effort forced a strong save from Given, who stoically guarded his goal once more when Kalou ran through from an angle.

But the effort displayed by Chelsea was matched by City, who took the home side to the sword with a swift counter attack that saw four attackers up against a depleted defence. Wright-Phillips drew Hilario off his line before squaring the ball for Craig Bellamy for flew away leaving the host.

But the drama didn't end there, with Mike Dean giving the home side a penalty following a push on Anelka by Barry, but Frank Lampard's injury-time spot-kick successful.

Team Lineups:

Chelsea: Hilario, Ivanovic, Carvalho (Kalou '70), Terry, Malouda, Ballack, Mikel (Belletti 60), Lampard, Anelka, Drogba, Joe Cole (Sturridge 60).

Manchester City: Given, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Bridge, Zabaleta, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Tevez (Sylvinho 90), Adam Johnson (Wright-Phillips 60)


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