Manchester City 1-2 — 3
Chelsea 0-0 — 0
Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho gave Manchester City a leg up in the English Premier League title race as they defeated Chelsea 3-0 at home on Sunday.
Just two matches into the season and Manchester City have a five point lead on the preseason favorites and defending Champions. It was the second straight 3-0 win for the Sky Blues to begin the season.
City controlled most of the game, holding a huge advantage in chances and shots on target. Sergio Aguero missed several chances early before scoring in the 31st minute to open the scoring. Kompany and Fernandinho wrapped up the win with goals in the final 12 minutes.
It’s the first time since 1998 that Chelsea have failed to win either of their opening two matches of the season.
Check below for stats and highlights of the match.
Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany (C), Mangala, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Aguero.
Chelsea: Begovic, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.
Goals: Manchester City: Sergio Aguero (31′), Vincent Kompany (79′), Fernandinho (85′)
Shots (On Goal): Manchester City 18 (8 on goal); Chelsea 10 (3 on goal)
Tackles: Manchester City 17, Chelsea 21
Fouls: Manchester City 19, Chelsea 12
Possession: Manchester City 49%, Chelsea 51%
Cards: Manchester City: Vincent Kompany (33′), Fernandino (45′), Yaya Toure (51′), Eliaquim Mangala (90′); Chelsea: Branislav Ivanovic (48′), Eden Hazard (81′)
Sergio Aguero Almost Scored in the Opening Minute
Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero almost gave his team a dream start. He was one-on-one with Chelsea goal Asmir Begovic, but was unable to finish the chance and Begovic had an easy save to make.
Soon after, Aguero had another chance on net, but this time Begovic had to make an excellent save to deny the Argentinean forward.
Aguero Finally Got One Past Begovic to Give Manchester City 1-0 Lead
After several chances Aguero finally beats Begovic with this effort to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. It was a great finish by Aguero with the Chelsea defense stretched.
The goal is the 79th career EPL goal in just 121 matches for Aguero.
Eden Hazard Spurned Chelsea’s Best Chance by Shooting Right At Joe Hart
Having created little if anything for the entire match, Chelsea had a great chance to get back on level terms in the 70th minute. Eden Hazard picked up a loose ball right on the penalty box, but his shot went straight at Joe Hart with a little pressure from the Man City defense.
Vincent Kompany Doubled Manchester City’s Lead in the 79th minute
A header from Vincent Kompany wrapped up all three points for Manchester City. His shot gave Begovic no chance.
Fernandinho Gave Manchester City a 3-0 Lead in Final Minutes
Fernandinho finished off the win in style for Manchester City, hitting this one-time shot past Begovic on the volley in the 85th minute.
Not known for his scoring ability, the 30-year-old had eight goals in 66 career EPL games before this finish.
Preview: First Twist in the English Premier League Title Race Takes Place Sunday
Showdowns between the top four clubs are always the talk of the country, and the first one takes place in the second week of the Premier League season as Manchester City welcomes Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium.
Chelsea goalie Thibaut Courtois will begin serving his three-match ban for a red card received in the Swansea draw. Diego Costa appears to have recovered from his hamstring troubles and will lead the Chelsea front line.
Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero has also recovered from the Copa America and may regain his place up front ahead of Wilfried Bony. New signing Fabian Delph has yet to make his Man City debut as he recovers from a hamstring injury.
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