Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City
Ramires 90 + 2
Late goals by Brazilian duo defender David Luiz and midfielder Ramires saw Chelsea past the unambitious challenge of Manchester City, taking them above City into the EPL’s third spot.
The Blues’ faint hopes of defending their title were thus kept alive. But they also set up their more realistic ambition of automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League.
City created the first, and clearest, chance of the opening 45 minutes when Yaya Toure’s right-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area was well-saved low to his right by Chelsea keeper Petr Cech.
Chelsea might have led at the break, however, if Salomon Kalou had fed an unmarked Fernando Torres instead of shooting straight at City keeper Joe Hart on 42 minutes.
The hosts improved in the second half. Right-back Branislav Ivanovic’s 62nd-minute header from Torres’s cross was goalbound until it struck unsuspecting City defender Vincent Kompany on the forehead.
And on 78 minutes they finally broke the deadlock when Luiz firmly headed home substitute Didier Drogba’s in-swinging free-kick from the left.
Chelsea wrapped up the points in stoppage time in some style, Ramires dancing through three City tackles and firing a right-foot shot past Hart’s right-hand from 10 yards.
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