Chelsea end City’s unbeaten run

Chelsea end City’s unbeaten run
Chelsea’s David Luiz wheels away in celebration after scoring the second goal.
London, Dec 9 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 12/9/2018 12:13:01 PM IST

Chelsea ended Manchester City’s unbeaten Premier League run with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

N’Golo Kante (45) stunned City by scoring with Chelsea’s first attack before David Luiz - exposed against Tottenham two weeks ago - went from zero to hero by looping a header (78) into the top corner.

The Blues become the first team to beat City in the league since Manchester United in April while Liverpool now lead the way by a point in the title race.

Chelsea remain in fourth place following Tottenham’s 2-0 win at Leicester but they have cut the gap to league leaders Liverpool to eight points.

The first half was dominated by the visitors, who should have made their territorial dominance count on nine minutes but Raheem Sterling snatched at a close-range chance.

There was only one team conjuring up any attacking opportunities but Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta stood firm against constant City probing. However, just as it looked a case of when rather than if City took the lead, Chelsea hit on the counter just before the break.

Luiz’s long ball found Pedro, whose cross-field ball to Willian made City retreat into their own box. Willian found Hazard, who slid the ball back for Kante smash home from 15 yards. Ederson’s only job of the half was to pick the ball out of his net.

The goal triggered a surge in confidence for Chelsea, who were now able to handle City’s high press and play into their midfield.

City mustered little in response as Kyle Walker hit a speculative free-kick that summed up their frustrations. Chelsea remained organised in their shape and ended the game as a contest with the second goal.

Hazard’s corner was met by Luiz who sent a looping header into the far corner of the net.

Manchester City will now play Hoffenheim in their final Champions League group game in midweek while Chelsea travel to Hungary to play MOL Vidi in the Europa League.

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