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December 12, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 41730‎
 
82′ (PG) Frank Lampard
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City

Roberto Mancini's team suffer their first league defeat of the season as Frank Lampard's late penalty brings Andre Villas-Boas' side back into the title race

By Wayne Veysey at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    290
    39
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Could perhaps have done more to keep Balotelli at bay for the opener but was otherwise in command.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    277
    28
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Shifted back to centre-back by Luiz suspension and was all over the place to start with, noticeably leaving a big gap for Balotelli to wander through and score the early opener. Far more comfortable after the break.

  • Ashley Cole
    268
    37
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    Spent most of the game fighting fires in his own half after clearly being instructed to restrict his attacking surges.

  • José Bosingwa
    219
    100
    2.50

    José Bosingwa

    Restored to the starting XI by the Luiz suspension, the Portuguese made some good attacking breaks but was fallible in defence. Lucky not to concede a first-half penalty when he carelessly upended Silva in the box.

  • John Terry
    283
    52
    3.00

    John Terry

    Recovered from a horrendous start, in which he was culpable for allowing Balotelli to drift unmarked into an offside position for the opener, to deliver a reasonably polished display. His vulnerability when Chelsea played a high defensive line was undeniable, however.

  • Oriol Romeu
    463
    25
    3.50

    Oriol Romeu

    Had the unenviable task of monitoring the elusive City attackers but recovered his poise after a difficult start to deliver another class-filled display in the screening role.

  • Ramires
    414
    32
    3.50

    Ramires

    Quelled by City's first-half dominance but his driving runs and energetic breaks were one of the features of Chelsea's comeback, although he was occasionally wanton with his final ball.

  • Raúl Meireles
    367
    27
    3.50

    Raúl Meireles

    Hit-and-miss distribution but justified his inclusion with expert volley for the equaliser after drifting unmarked into the box a la Lampard. Subbed in the 73rd minute.

  • Juan Mata
    424
    25
    3.50

    Juan Mata

    Generally subdued in the first half but became increasingly influential after the break with his trickery and excellent ball control.

  • Didier Drogba
    369
    40
    3.00

    Didier Drogba

    His strength and power kept Lescott and Kompany busy but not nearly as dominant as he was against Valencia five days ago.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    637
    50
    4.00

    Daniel Sturridge Top of the Match

    A shining light in the driving rain and arguably the outstanding player on the pitch. Engineered both Chelsea goals, first by consumately beating Clichy and laying on the opener with his weaker foot and then forcing the Lescott handball. Clichy couldn't handle him before being sent off.

Substitutions

  • Frank Lampard
    366
    55
    3.50

    Frank Lampard

    Emphatically rifled home the penalty after being given licence in the last 17 minutes to play just behind Drogba.

  • John Obi Mikel
    176
    53
    0.00

    John Obi Mikel

    A late replacement for Sturridge.

  • Florent Malouda
    168
    43
    0.00

    Florent Malouda

    Helped slow the game down for the last seven minutes after replacing Mata.

  • Joe Hart
    75
    104
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    Hardly overworked but still shipped two goals. However, two keepers might not have kept out Lampard's penalty.

  • Vincent Kompany
    42
    141
    3.00

    Vincent Kompany

    Received a first-half booking for rashly upending Drogba and had a few uncertain moments when Chelsea cantered towards the penalty box.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    30
    129
    3.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Mixed solidity with rashness, first at right-back and then on the left flank for the last third of the game.

  • Joleon Lescott
    43
    141
    2.50

    Joleon Lescott

    Ruined what had been a fine display by losing his composure and blatantly handballing Sturridge's cross-cum-shot to gift Chelsea their late penalty.

  • Gael Clichy
    122
    220
    2.00

    Gael Clichy Flop of the Match

    Looked the weakest link in the City back four and could have few complaints with his second-half dismissal for two bookable offences. Could not cope with pace of Sturridge and was beaten all ends up by the No.23 for the first-half equaliser.

  • James Milner
    42
    127
    2.50

    James Milner

    Frequently swapped wings with Silva, although his role was more of subjugation rather than creation. Energetic but lacked quality on the ball.

  • Gareth Barry
    40
    117
    3.00

    Gareth Barry

    Kept City ticking over in the first half but over-run for the last half-hour, particularly when Ramires ran at him with pace.

  • David Silva
    64
    115
    3.00

    David Silva

    Drifting inside from the right flank, the elusive Spaniard only harmed Chelsea in spurts although played a big role in the opener by finding Aguero. Subbed with 15 minutes left.

  • Yaya Touré
    35
    212
    3.00

    Yaya Touré

    Tore into Chelsea's midfield in an initially energetic display alongside Barry but guilty of failing to track back and cover Meireles for the equaliser and ran out of steam as the game wore on. Could also be in hot water with the FA for appearing to stamp on Mata in the first half.

  • Sergio Agüero
    97
    120
    3.50

    Sergio Agüero

    Sacrificed by Mancini following Clichy's red card but had caused huge problems for Chelsea in the opening 20 minutes. Brilliantly teed Balotelli up for the opener with an exquisite pass with the outside of his right boot.

  • Mario Balotelli
    158
    111
    3.50

    Mario Balotelli

    Nonchalantly tucked away the opener after rounding Cech as if he wasn't there. Caused mayhem early on alongside Aguero in a twin-pronged attack but quiet thereafter.

Substitutions

  • Kolo Toure
    32
    119
    2.50

    Kolo Toure

    Unconvincing after slotting in at right-back following Clichy's dismissal.

  • Nigel De Jong
    26
    117
    3.00

    Nigel De Jong

    Fought fires in midfield in the last quarter.

  • Edin Dzeko
    42
    111
    0.00

    Edin Dzeko

    Little opportunity to make an impact after replacing Balotelli late on.

Results
 
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Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0