Marcos Alonso’s stoppage-time aim 5 minutes after Raheem Sterling was denied a penalty lifted Chelsea into third place and left Manchester Metropolis to attend not less than a day to seal the Premier League title in a 2-1 Blues win on Saturday on the Etihad Stadium.
Raheem Sterling staked Metropolis to a 1-0 lead late within the first half however Sergio Aguero’s panenka penalty was saved a minute later and a Rodri giveaway spurred a second-half aim for Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech.
Sterling may’ve received his second penalty of the evening however VAR didn’t see an error in Anthony Taylor’s emphatic “play on” after Kurt Zouma appeared to have fouled the Englishman, and Alonso snuck the ball house minutes later to seal three factors.
Metropolis’s lead over Manchester United stays at 13 factors, with the second-place Crimson Devils having two matches-in-hand. If United fails to beat Aston Villa on Sunday, Metropolis will win the Premier League.
Chelsea climbs above third-place Leicester Metropolis and is three factors behind Man United. Fifth-place West Ham is 5 factors behind Leicester and 6 again of the Blues.
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Three issues we realized from Manchester Metropolis – Chelsea
1. Foolish errors postpone Metropolis celebrations: This match was about precisely 4 moments, twoo that turned it from a Metropolis win into a probable draw, and two extra that determined Chelsea would win fairly than Metropolis.
The champions-elect will lament all of them forward of the rematch later this month within the UEFA Champions League Remaining. First there was Sergio Aguero’s poor panenka a minute after Sterling had put Metropolis in entrance. Then got here the Chelsea aim by Ziyech, as Rodri thought he was fouled when he gave the ball away in his personal half.
And Anthony Taylor waved away a penalty shout from Sterling within the 88th minute to no avail, no prolonged overview serving to Metropolis’s trigger regardless of seeming cause to place Metropolis on the spot. The league leaders had been left fuming and it might’ve reached excessive temperatures when Alonso delivered the stoppage-time winner.
2. Chelsea ultimately solves Metropolis’s tight line: Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic had been everywhere in the pitch for Chelsea, however the assistant referee’s flag was raised when a Pulisic-led rush performed Reece James into the field for a cross that Hudson-Odoi snapped house. However it stayed 1-1, and was considerably symbolic of Chelsea’s day. Werner was persistently risking offside together with his runs and had the ball in scoring place just a few occasions solely to see offside be the decision, however Alonso wasn’t when Werner turned supplier with mere seconds left in Manchester.
3. Nonetheless, clearly much less about this end result and extra in regards to the European Cup: Pep Guardiola joked earlier than the sport that his pre-match assembly with Thomas Tuchel was the 2 males sharing their actual tactical plans for later this month in Istanbul (or, maybe, England), however as enjoyable as this match was at occasions you could possibly inform it was extra in regards to the managers shielding any kind of plan from the opposite. Kevin De Bruyne wasn’t even within the 18 for Metropolis, who was just a bit higher however made extra errors. That’s why it completed 1-1.
Man of the Match: Hakim Ziyech
Chelsea’s top-four hopes are excessive however not sufficient that Tuchel would hold his finest participant on the day on the pitch for the total 90 minutes. Ziyech was fantastic, with a aim, three pictures on the right track and an ideal 4-for-4 on dribbles.
Manchester Metropolis – Chelsea recap
Ferran Torres had the one actual effort of the primary half-dozen minutes and the Man Metropolis winger blazed his shot over the aim.
Werner examined the backline fairly a bit and had the ball within the aim off a Reece James cross within the thirty second minute however was effectively offside.
Ederson made a two-handed slap save of Hakim Ziyech earlier than Antonio Rudiger hammered a shot over the aim.
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Metropolis took maintain of the match when Aguero’s bumbled contact of a cross was smashed house by Sterling.
Sterling would offer his teammate one other likelihood when he received a penalty, however the Argentine’s cute panenka was simply saved by Edouard Mendy.
Christian Pulisic snapped a shot over the body on the hour mark, but it surely was a little bit of foreshadowing as Ziyech obtained to an open patch of grass to smash a 63rd-minute shot previous Ederson off a Rodri giveaway.
The notable later moments determined the match had been Zouma’s uncalled foul on Sterling and Alonso’s winner.
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