Fernando Torres capitalised on a last-minute calamity in Manchester City's defence to give Chelsea victory at Stamford Bridge.

Sergio Aguero's stunning equaliser looked to have given the visitors a point until a breakdown in communications between goalkeeper Joe Hart and central defender Matija Nastasic allowed Torres to pounce and send Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho into the crowd in celebration.

Nastasic looked in prime position to clear Willian's speculative long ball but Hart's dash from goal appeared to panic the 20-year-old Serb, who headed the ball beyond his keeper and Torres won the race to turn the ball home.

Torres had been the game's central figure, setting up Andre Schurrle's first goal since his £18m summer move from Bayer Leverkusen as well as missing a sitter and hitting the woodwork as Chelsea earned a deserved half-time advantage.

Analysis

"It was a very fine game, which Manchester City will feel unfortunate to lose. Chelsea kept going even when City monopolised the second half. It was a misunderstanding for the crucial goal."

Aguero's excellence helped City back in the game and manager Manuel Pellegrini looked distraught as he made his way down the tunnel after watching his team miss out on a point he will feel their endeavour deserved.

For Chelsea, it was joy unconfined as they moved up to second in the table and the name of Torres rang around Stamford Bridge at the final whistle as the £50m striker delivered yet more hints that his career may be ready to undergo a renaissance under Mourinho.

There was an element of a gamble about Pellegrini's team selection as, in the continued absence of injured captain Vincent Kompany, he gave a debut to Martin Demichelis.

The 32-year-old Argentine has been sidelined by a knee injury since making a £4.2m move from Atletico Madrid at the end of August, and he came into the heart of the City defence as Javi Garcia pushed into a defensive midfield role.

Torres was guilty of a dreadful miss when he shot wildly over the bar with only Hart to beat, but his general play had been excellent and he was heavily involved as Chelsea took the lead after 33 minutes - racing past Gael Clichy with ease before setting up Schurrle's simple finish.

Torres nearly added a stunning second, beating Demichelis to send in an angled effort which left Hart helpless but it struck the angle of post and bar.

Aguero, operating as a lone striker, needed constant attention from Chelsea's defence and gave a hint of what was to come when his powerful shot was blocked at the near post just before the break.

However, there was nothing Cech could do about Aguero's leveller just four minutes after the restart. The Argentine showed great positional awareness to stay on-side then delivered a finish that startled the motionless Cech and flew in high at the near post.

City found fresh impetus and Garcia should have done better than head straight at Cech, who then saved David Silva's low shot with his feet.

Despite both sides pressing forward, a draw looked the likeliest outcome until City somehow contrived to let in Torres and surrender an important three points to their title rivals.

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Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 03 Cole
  • 08 Lampard Booked (Mikel - 66' )
  • 24 Cahill
  • 26 Terry
  • 17 Hazard (Eto'o - 84' )
  • 07 Ramires Booked
  • 09 Torres
  • 11 Oscar
  • 14 Schürrle (Willian - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 04 David Luiz
  • 10 Mata
  • 12 Mikel
  • 22 Willian
  • 23 Schwarzer
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 29 Eto'o

Manchester City

  • 01 Hart
  • 05 Zabaleta Booked
  • 22 Clichy
  • 25 Fernandinho
  • 26 Demichelis
  • 33 Nastasic Booked
  • 08 Nasri (Jesús Navas - 70' )
  • 14 Javi García Booked (Kolarov - 80' )
  • 16 Agüero (Negredo - 87' )
  • 42 Y Touré
  • 21 Silva

Substitutes

  • 02 Richards
  • 07 Milner
  • 09 Negredo
  • 10 Dzeko
  • 13 Kolarov
  • 15 Jesús Navas
  • 30 Pantilimon
Ref: Howard Webb
Att: 41,495

Match Stats

Shots

12 15

On target

4 6

Corners

3 6

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Chelsea 2, Manchester City 1.

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Manchester City 1.

90:00 +3:53

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

90:00 +3:53

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:07

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:07

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

89:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chelsea 2, Manchester City 1. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

88:17

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:17

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

87:30

Foul by Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City).

87:30

John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Álvaro Negredo replaces Sergio Agüero.

85:01

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

85:01

Oscar (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:56

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:56

Foul by Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea).

83:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Samuel Eto'o replaces Eden Hazard.

82:54

Offside, Chelsea. Eden Hazard tries a through ball, but Willian is caught offside.

81:33

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Matija Nastasic.

79:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Aleksandar Kolarov replaces Javi García.

78:47

Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by John Obi Mikel.

74:57

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

74:57

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:52

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Silva.

72:11

Attempt blocked. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

69:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Jesús Navas replaces Samir Nasri.

69:07

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

67:41

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

67:41

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. John Obi Mikel replaces Frank Lampard.

65:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Andre Schürrle.

64:42

Offside, Manchester City. Samir Nasri tries a through ball, but David Silva is caught offside.

64:18

Attempt saved. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

62:02

Javi García (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:02

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

61:24

Offside, Chelsea. Oscar tries a through ball, but Fernando Torres is caught offside.

60:12

Attempt missed. John Terry (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Frank Lampard with a cross following a set piece situation.

59:14 Booking

Booking Javi García (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:04

Foul by Javi García (Manchester City).

59:04

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:57

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:57

Foul by Andre Schürrle (Chelsea).

57:22

Attempt saved. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Frank Lampard with a cross.

56:53

Foul by Matija Nastasic (Manchester City).

56:53

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:11

Attempt missed. David Silva (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

54:44

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

54:44

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:15

Offside, Manchester City. Samir Nasri tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

51:40

Attempt saved. Javi García (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Silva with a cross.

50:54 Booking

Booking Ramires (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:49

Samir Nasri (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:49

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

49:50

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ashley Cole.

49:47

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernandinho.

48:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chelsea 1, Manchester City 1. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Samir Nasri with a through ball.

47:16

Attempt missed. Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gaël Clichy.

46:48

Attempt blocked. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernandinho.

46:08

Samir Nasri (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:08

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

45:00

Second Half begins Chelsea 1, Manchester City 0.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Chelsea 1, Manchester City 0.

45:00 +1:49

Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by David Silva.

45:00 +0:18

Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Samir Nasri with a cross following a corner.

44:50

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Frank Lampard.

43:02

Attempt missed. John Terry (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Frank Lampard with a cross following a corner.

42:36

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Fernandinho.

41:38

Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Martín Demichelis.

41:30

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta.

40:16

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

39:50

Delay in match Samir Nasri (Manchester City) because of an injury.

38:47

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

36:27

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Ashley Cole.

35:38

Offside, Chelsea. Fernando Torres tries a through ball, but Andre Schürrle is caught offside.

34:20

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

34:20

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chelsea 1, Manchester City 0. Andre Schürrle (Chelsea) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernando Torres with a cross.

30:54 Booking

Booking Matija Nastasic (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

30:44

Foul by Matija Nastasic (Manchester City).

30:44

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:51

Attempt missed. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ramires with a through ball.

27:20

Offside, Chelsea. Ramires tries a through ball, but Branislav Ivanovic is caught offside.

26:15 Booking

Booking Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:11

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

26:11

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:50

Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).

25:50

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:27 Booking

Booking Frank Lampard (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

21:24

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:24

Foul by Frank Lampard (Chelsea).

20:30

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:30

Foul by Andre Schürrle (Chelsea).

19:14

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Frank Lampard.

18:27

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

17:19

Foul by Gaël Clichy (Manchester City).

17:19

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:14

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ashley Cole.

14:25

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

13:29

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

12:06

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

12:06

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:04

Ashley Cole (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:04

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

8:10

Foul by Frank Lampard (Chelsea).

8:10

Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:32

Attempt saved. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) header from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ramires.

4:52

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

4:52

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:25

Attempt blocked. Andre Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

2:48

Attempt missed. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Oscar with a cross following a corner.

2:15

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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