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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 bring Andre Villas-Boas' team back into the title race

By Wayne Veysey at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    376
    56
    3.00

    Petr Cech

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

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    348
    68
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Shifted back to centre-back by Luiz's 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
    337
    59
    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
    262
    145
    2.50

    José Bosingwa

    Restored to the starting X1 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
    359
    66
    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
    750
    41
    3.50

    Oriol Romeu

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

  • Ramires
    594
    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

  • Raúl Meireles
    503
    41
    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
    597
    42
    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
    524
    71
    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
    1048
    58
    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 consummately beating Clichy and laying on the opener with his weaker foot and then forcing the Lescott handball. Clichy couldn't handle him before his sending-off.

Substitutions

  • Frank Lampard
    563
    45
    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
    231
    84
    0.00

    John Obi Mikel

    A late replacement for Sturridge.

  • Florent Malouda
    220
    60
    0.00

    Florent Malouda

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

  • Joe Hart
    88
    151
    3.00

    Joe Hart

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

  • Vincent Kompany
    69
    186
    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
    70
    156
    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
    60
    190
    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
    179
    354
    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 No23 for the equaliser.

  • James Milner
    65
    154
    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
    63
    158
    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
    136
    153
    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
    77
    227
    3.00

    Yaya Touré

    Tore into Chelsea's midfield in a relentlessly energetic display alongside Barry but guilty of failing to track back and cover Meireles for the equaliser. Could also be in hot water with the FA for appearing to stamp on Mata in the first half.

  • Sergio Agüero
    197
    184
    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
    300
    160
    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
    76
    142
    2.50

    Kolo Toure

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

  • Nigel De Jong
    72
    136
    3.00

    Nigel De Jong

    Fought fires in midfield in the last quarter.

  • Edin Dzeko
    117
    124
    0.00

    Edin Dzeko

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

Results
 
Match News
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2