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Chelsea beats 9-man Man City
crushing defeat was about to
be confirmed for Manchester
City when Sergio Aguero flew
into a knee-high challenge and
Fernandinho grabbed a goading
opponent by the throat in an en-
suing melee, shoving him over an
City’s players didn’t just lose a
match to a big title rival. They lost
In a feisty, action-packed game
between two of the Premier League’s
heavyweights, Chelsea scored three
goals in the final half-hour and rallied
for a 3-1 win at City yesterday.
It was an eighth straight victory for
the leaders, all of them coming since
their coach, Antonio Conte, switched
to a 3-4 -3 formation that is making
the team irresistible going forward.
City dropped four points behind
Chelsea in fourth place.
Aguero and Fernandinho, two
mainstays of Pep Guardiola’s City
team, were both red-carded in
those unedifying final seconds that
saw tempers flare and both sets of
players pushing and shoving on the
field. Aguero is set to miss the next
four matches for his lunge on David
Luiz, because it was his second send-
ing-off this season.
Diego Costa sparked the turna-
round for Chelsea, canceling out a
45th-minute own goal by teammate
Gary Cahill with an equaliser in the
60th after chesting down Cesc Fab-
regas’ long ball.
Costa set up substitute Willian to
put Chelsea ahead in the 70th and
Eden Hazard added a third in the
90th, before Aguero’s tackle on Luiz
sparked the late skirmishes.
Here’s a look at what else happened
in the Premier League yesterday,
which ended with Chelsea holding a
three-point lead over second-placed
WEST HAM 1, ARSENAL 5
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez
displayed his mesmerizing skills in
scoring a 15-minute hat trick against
injury-hit West Ham at the London
Arsenal was leading 1-0 through
Mesut Ozil’s 24th-minute goal,
which was set up by Sanchez, when
the Chile international began his
spree. A brilliant individual effort
in the 72nd minute was followed by
a low strike from outside the area in
the 80th, before he ran through and
chipped the goalkeeper to complete
his hat trick in the 86th.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was
Arsenal’s other scorer.
West Ham lost central defender
James Collins in the opening min-
utes, causing a change of formation
and extending an absentee list that
grew this week with injuries to Diafra
Sakho, Aaron Cresswell and Michail
Antonio. Andy Carroll replied for
West Ham on his first match back
TOTTENHAM 5, SWANSEA 0
The respite was brief for Swansea’s
American coach, Bob Bradley.
A week after finally earning his
first win in charge of the Welsh club,
Bradley saw his side overwhelmed by
Tottenham and return to the bottom
of the 20-team standings.
Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen
both scored twice for Spurs at White
Hart Lane, with Son Heung-min
netting the other with an acrobatic
SUNDERLAND 2, LEICESTER 1
Leicester lost for the seventh time
in 14 matches of its disappearing title
Jermain Defoe’s eighth goal of
the season ultimately condemned
Leicester to a defeat that kept the
champions two points above the bot-
tom three. Sunderland is still in the
relegation zone despite winning three
of its last four games. Defoe struck in
the 77th minute after Robert Huth’s
own goal gave the home side the lead
at Stadium of Light in the 64th. Sub-
stitute Shinji Okazaki pulled a goal
back for the visitors in the 80th.
Manchester City’s John Stones, right, reacts as Chelsea’s Diego Costa, 2nd right runs, during the English Premier
League soccer match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
...Big wins for Arsenal, Spurs
Crystal Palace beat Southamp-
ton 3-0 thanks to two goals by
Christian Benteke and another
by James Tomkins, ending a run
of six straight losses that had
heaped pressure on manager
West Bromwich Albion won
3-1 at home to Watford and
climbed into sixth place, ahead
of Manchester United’s match
at Everton on Sunday.
Stoke beat Burnley 2-0.
Man City 1 v 3 Chelsea
West Ham 1 v 5 Arsenal
Crystal Palace 3 v 0 S/Hampton
Stoke City 2 v 0 Burnley
Sunderland 2 v 1 Leicester
Tottenham 5 v 0 Swansea
West Brom 3 v 1 Watford
Guardiola apologises for team brawl
Pep Guardiola apologised
for the injury-time brawl that
marred a pulsating encounter
between Manchester City and
Chelsea but refused to criticise
Sergio Aguero, yesterday.
The Argentinian sparked the me-
lee with a knee-high tackle on David
Luiz that saw him handed a straight
red card by referee Anthony Taylor.
Fernandinho was then also sent
off for repeatedly pushing Cesc Fab-
regas, with the Spaniard ending up
falling over an advertising hoarding.
It proved a costly afternoon for
City, who led at half-time but ended
up losing 3-1, and now face losing
Aguero for four games and Fernand-
inho for three.
Guardiola said: “It is a pity it fin-
ished like this. It was the way the
referee decided. I don’t like that, I
apologise for what happened.”
Aguero has already served a three-
match ban this season, imposed ret-
rospectively for an elbow on West
Ham’s Winston Reid in a game in
August. Taylor appeared to have lit-
tle option but to send off Aguero,
but Guardiola said: “He (Luiz) went
down and he (Aguero) touched him.
It wasn’t intentional.
“Maybe I have to understand
many things about the referees here.
It’s a red card, okay, we are going to
deal with that.”
Guardiola compared the incident
to the red card received by Nolito
against Bournemouth for a clash
with Adam Smith.
Fernandinho got involved af-
ter Fabregas tussled with Kelechi
Iheanacho, with the Spaniard ap-
pearing to provoke Fernandinho by
slapping him on the cheek.
Guardiola said: “Fernandinho
went to defend because the op-
ponent was like this (shoving) his
team-mate. Nolito was red card and
three games (for that).”
The City boss was frustrated by
the result, but proud of his team
for their performance against op-
position who have now won eight
Premier League games in a row.
“Congratulations to Chelsea,”
said Guardiola. “To give my opin-
ion when you lose it looks like an
excuse. I am so proud of my team
and how we played. I came here to
try to play the way we played today.
“We cannot forget about which
team we played. We created more
chances than (against) Burnley and
Crystal Palace, when we won. I con-
gratulate my team for what we did.
“It’s not enough. In the boxes we
are not strong enough. But Crystal
Palace maybe we didn’t deserve to
win. It is part of the process. Keep
fighting, keep going, improve our
mistakes. But I don’t have regrets.”
Guardiola, meanwhile, declined
to comment on a first-half incident
that might have resulted in a red
card for Luiz. The defender nudged
Aguero when he looked poised to go
clean through, but the referee, who
also turned down a number of City
penalty appeals, ruled it was not a
“We didn’t win because we missed
a lot of chances, not for the refer-
ee,” said Guardiola. “I have to un-
derstand them, that’s all. There are
many things in the last games. I will
speak with my team how we have
to handle these type of situations.”
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte
did not do a press conference, but
told Sky Sports: “I think today was
very tough and the game was open
until the end. There were lots of
chances for both teams to score.
“I saw lots of character from my
team and that’s very important to
grow. But we must continue to work
The Italian praised Diego Costa,
whose equaliser sparked Chelsea’s
recovery, for playing the role of
peacemaker at the end.
“Diego is showing he is using his
passion in the right way and I’m very
happy about that,” added Conte.
Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola reacts during the English
Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the
Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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