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Man City draw 4-4 at Chelsea and move clear at the top



Chelsea v Manchester City - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - November 12, 2023 Manchester City's Erling Braut Haaland scores their third goal Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley Acquire Licensing Rights

Manchester City moved a point clear at the top of the Premier League on Sunday after a pulsating 4-4 draw at Chelsea with Erling Haaland scoring twice only for former City man Cole Palmer to level the match from the penalty spot in added time.

City scored first when Spanish defender Marc Cucurella pulled Haaland’s shirt to concede a VAR-checked penalty which the Norwegian coolly converted in the 24th minute.

Five minutes later Chelsea’s 39-year-old Brazilian defender Thiago Silva headed the ball into the net.

Former City forward Raheem Sterling tapped in after a Josko Gvardiol stumble in defence allowed Reece James to cross in the 37th minute.

But Chelsea’s lead lasted less than 10 minutes before defender Manuel Akanji rose to head City’s equaliser in first-half injury time.


Haaland bundled in his second a minute after the restart, but in the 67th minute of a breathless second half, the home side equalised through Nicolas Jackson.

Rodri’s 86th-minute strike seemed to have won it for the champions only for them to concede a 94th-minute penalty that Palmer blasted home.







Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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