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February 24, 2013 1:30 PM GMT
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ A. Marriner‎
Attendance:‬ 47256‎
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea

After a less-than-entertaining first period, Joe Hart saved Frank Lampard's penalty with goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez then giving City all three points at home

By John Stammers

  • Joe Hart
    185
    38
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    Had virtually nothing to do in the first half but his game came alive after the break. Foolish to give away a penalty for a foul on Ba but saved Lampard's spot kick brilliantly.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    122
    42
    3.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Got forward well but made a few poor tackles on Hazard and then earned a yellow for a rash one on Cole. Saw a powerful volley cleared by Cahill.

  • Gael Clichy
    94
    50
    3.00

    Gael Clichy

    Tried to get forward and give City width as Silva tucked inside. Made some good tackles, too, and was calm at the back.

  • Kolo Toure
    99
    80
    2.50

    Kolo Toure

    Won numerous headers at the back. Booked. Let Ba get the wrong side of him before the Chelsea penalty.

  • Matija Nastasic
    134
    42
    3.00

    Matija Nastasic

    Comfortable at the back against Ba & Co. Would have had his first City goal if it wasn't for a fine Cech save, but probably should have beaten the keeper.

  • James Milner
    103
    55
    3.50

    James Milner

    Typical hard-working display on the right flank, where he linked up with Zabaleta well but failed to stretch Chelsea enough. A neat one-two with Aguero set-up the right-back for a good chance too. Involved in the build-up to Toure's opener.

  • Javi García
    73
    80
    2.50

    Javi García

    A quiet game for the Spaniard who was not really troubled at the back and allowed the more creative midfielders to bomb forward.

  • Jack Rodwell
    112
    59
    3.00

    Jack Rodwell

    Didn't have much to do defensively as City dominated but did pick up a yellow card. Headed over when unmarked, forced Cech into a good save with a long-range drive and then headed straight at the keeper from the resulting corner. Replaced just before the hour.

  • David Silva
    183
    42
    3.50

    David Silva

    Set up a good chance with Aguero and caused problems with some dangerous deliveries. Came inside too much when there was space on the wing, though. Got the assist for Toure's goal.

  • Yaya Touré
    283
    51
    4.00

    Yaya Touré Top of the Match

    Certainly makes a difference for City. Had an early effort saved as he linked up midfield to attack by finding space in front of the Chelsea defence. Broke the deadlock with a fine finish into the far corner.

  • Sergio Agüero
    150
    65
    3.50

    Sergio Agüero

    Threatened with a couple of early winding runs but made the wrong decision by trying to round Cech when he should have shot. Created a good chance for Zabaleta with some brilliant movement. Should have scored when put through one-on-one after the break.

Substitutions

  • Joleon Lescott
    47
    71
    2.00

    Joleon Lescott

    Brought on in injury time to waste some time.

  • Samir Nasri
    55
    82
    2.00

    Samir Nasri

    Late substitute as he replaced Aguero.

  • Carlos Tévez
    195
    55
    2.50

    Carlos Tévez

    Replaced Rodwell as Mancini went for the win. It paid off as City took the lead soon after, before the Argentine added a second with a fantastic strike.

  • Petr Cech
    157
    39
    3.50

    Petr Cech

    Good display. Denied Toure early on and then kept Nastasic's header out with a fantastic save. Tipped Rodwell's long-range effort over and then stayed calm to hold on to his header. Quick off his line when he needed to be. No chance for either goal.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    58
    119
    2.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Lost Nastasic for the defender's early headed chance and dallied on the ball at the back twice allowing City to almost get in. Again lost his man as Aguero waltzed past him to create a chance. Didn't charge down Tevez quickly enough for the second goal.

  • Ashley Cole
    70
    82
    2.50

    Ashley Cole

    Made his 300th appearance for the club and, while he didn't do anything wrong, didn't offer as much going forward.

  • David Luiz
    46
    139
    2.50

    David Luiz

    Poor pass out from the back led to a great chance for Aguero. Did make some important interceptions but at times was a liability. Fired over with a wild strike late on, summarising Chelsea's frustrating afternoon.

  • Gary Cahill
    146
    62
    3.00

    Gary Cahill

    Made a number of important clearances and headed Zabaleta's volley away from goal. Denied Aguero with a brilliant recovery tackle but lost the forward moments later but was let off as the Argentine missed. Also partly at fault for the goal and then became sloppy afterwards.

  • Ramires
    45
    156
    2.00

    Ramires

    Picked up a booking for a clumsy foul on Toure and didn't offer anything threatening going forward, wasting one great position with a heavy touch. Sometimes failed to track back enough.

  • John Obi Mikel
    63
    135
    2.00

    John Obi Mikel

    Dropped in to cover Luiz when the defender went missing but at times allowed Toure to find too much space. Let Toure walk past him inside his own area before the goal. Sacrificed for Torres as Benitez when for the win in the final ten minutes.

  • Eden Hazard
    85
    114
    2.00

    Eden Hazard

    Caused Zabaleta some problems on the left wing, winning a number of free kicks but was not on top form by any means. Replaced after they went behind.

  • Frank Lampard
    85
    217
    1.50

    Frank Lampard Flop of the Match

    Failed to take control of the game as he can do and unable to offer his normal bursting runs as City dominated. Then uncharacteristically missed from the spot when presented with the penalty chance. Brought off shortly after City's goal.

  • Juan Mata
    95
    112
    2.50

    Juan Mata

    Started fairly brightly and worried the Chelsea defence with some tricky runs, but lacked his usual cutting edge in the final third.

  • Demba Ba
    117
    115
    2.50

    Demba Ba

    Made some good movement early in the game but didn't hold the ball up well enough. Won the penalty for his side with a good run.

Substitutions

  • Oscar
    94
    69
    2.50

    Oscar

    Brought on for the below-par Hazard.

  • Victor Moses
    89
    72
    2.50

    Victor Moses

    Replaced Lampard after Chelsea went behind.

  • Fernando Torres
    138
    137
    2.50

    Fernando Torres

    Thrown on for the last 10 minutes.

Results
 
Player Ratings
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
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0