Chelsea and Manchester City met in a match at Stamford Bridge that was in many ways overshadowed by the “handshake” between John Terry and Wayne Bridge but nonetheless a dull game sprung to life late in the first half. The Eastlands left back was to end up on the winning side come the final whistle after a end to end affair in west London.
First Frank Lampard put Chelsea ahead after being put through by an excellent Joe Cole pass but Carlos Tevez soon leveled matters but only after Blues keeper Hilario fluffed the Argentine’s weak effort.
Craig Bellamy put the Eastlands side ahead after Hilario again failed to stop a fairly tame effort. Juliano Belletti then pulled down Carlos Tevez and conceded a penalty and was also given a red card. Tevez tucked away the spot kick and within two minutes Chelsea were down to nine men as Michael Ballack collected his second yellow card for a petulant foul. Frank Lampard scored a consolation penalty in stoppage time.
The win puts Manchester City in pole position for that coveted fourth spot and leaves the title race wide open and gives hope to Arsenal and Manchester United who will be hoping to close the gap on the Premier League leaders.
Wayne Bridge/John Terry Handshake
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City (Lampard)
Chelsea 1-1 Manchester City (Tevez)
Chelsea 1-2 Manchester City (Bellamy)
Chelsea 1-3 Manchester City (Tevez)
Ballack Red Card
Chelsea 1-4 Manchester City (Bellamy)
Chelsea 2-4 Manchester City (Lampard)