Bridge Of Highs For City  (Sky Sports)

Chelsea 2 Manchester City 4

Craig Bellamy and Carlo TevezCarlos Tevez and Craig Bellamy both bagged a brace as Manchester City stunned nine-man Chelsea with their first victory at Stamford Bridge in 17 years and their first league double against the Blues since 1957.

The Argentina international and the Wales striker took the headlines away from the John Terry-Wayne Bridge sideshow as Carlo Ancelotti suffered his first home defeat since taking charge of the West London club in the summer.

Frank Lampard had given Chelsea a deserved lead in the 42nd minute but Tevez, back in action after returning to Argentina following the premature birth of his daughter, levelled against the run of play prior to the interval before the Premier League leaders were humbled in the second period.

Back-up goalkeeper Hilario, at fault for Tevez's leveller, was again not at his best for Bellamy's strike which gave Roberto Mancini's men the advantage before further goals from the strike duo put the result beyond doubt.

Substitute Juliano Belletti and Michael Ballack were both dismissed to cap a miserable afternoon for the hosts, who claimed a consolation from Lampard in the closing moments.

Terry extended his hand to his former team-mate during the pre-match formalities, but a stern-faced Bridge snubbed his rival without a glance before shaking hands with the rest of the Blues squad.

Bridge was predictably jeered by the home supporters every time he touched the ball, with England coach Fabio Capello, who still hopes the left-back will end his self-imposed international exile, looking on from the stands.

After a quiet opening spell, Florent Malouda had Shay Given scrambling across his goal after unleashing a vicious long-range effort which only narrowly cleared the City keeper's crossbar.

Nasty clash

Joe Cole then warmed Given's palms as he received the ball out wide on the left flank, before cutting back into the box and firing in a shot which the Republic of Ireland international pushed away.

Didier Drogba had the chance to test Given in the 25th minute after he got away from Micah Richards in the area, but his header from Branislav Ivanovic's measured cross cleared the crossbar.

Pablo Zabaleta, Drogba and Richards were involved in a nasty clash of heads in the 31st minute, with the Argentina international coming off worst and looking very groggy and dazed as he left the field, but he was able to continue after a further spell of treatment.

Ivory Coast international Drogba then fired over from just outside the six-yard box as he seized onto Lampard's scuffed shot from the edge of the area, with City being kept very much on the back foot by the hosts, before Nicolas Anelka's powerful goal-bound shot struck Lampard in the box.

And the seemingly inevitable breakthrough came in the 42nd minute when Cole threaded a superb ball through the City defence to meet Lampard's diagonal run, with the England international firing across Given and into the bottom corner with a first-time shot.

But City stunned the hosts on the stroke of half-time as Tevez latched onto a long clearance out of defence by Bridge which John Obi Mikel failed to deal with, held off Terry and turned Ricardo Carvalho inside out before scuffing a low shot which somehow trundled beyond Hilario's despairing dive and into the net.

Mancini's men could even have gone in ahead at the break as Joleon Lescott fluffed his lines after being presented with a close range free header at the far post following Bellamy's curling free-kick.

Bridge had a chance to make the headlines for the right reasons early in the second half after Terry brought down Adam Johnson but his free-kick from the right corner of the area went straight into the wall.


City forged ahead in the 51st minute with an outstanding goal from Bellamy with the Wales international bursting clear onto Gareth Barry's excellent pass, taking the ball outside Mikel and firing a crisp low shot across Hilario, with the back-up goalkeeper again beaten too easily.

Given was called into action again and showed superb reflexes to tip over Anelka's close-range effort but Mike Dean had already halted play for a handball from Michael Ballack, with the referee in action again soon after to calm down a flashpoint between Terry and Tevez.

Bellamy looked to be in on goal again in the 66th minute from Tevez's clever diagonal ball, but Ivanovic got back well to make an essential challenge, before Anelka cut into the City box and blasted straight at Given. Seconds late the goalkeeper narrowed the angle well to deny Drogba at the far post.

Substitute Belletti then blundered as he gifted the ball to Barry before felling the midfielder in the box, leaving Dean with no option but to point to the spot and issue a red card. Tevez stepped up and made no mistake with a powerful penalty.

Man of the moment Bridge was substituted soon after, before the shell-shocked hosts were reduced to nine men in the 81st minute with Ballack receiving a second yellow card for a crunching tackle from behind on Tevez.

Despite their significant numerical disadvantage, Chelsea continued to attack and Given had to be alert to deny Anelka from close range and then keep out a powerful Drogba free-kick.

But as the hosts pressed, City hit them on the break with Shaun Wright-Phillips breaking away and drawing Hilario before rolling the ball unselfishly across to the back post for Bellamy to tap home and spark a mass exodus from the stands.

Barry felled Anelka with a clumsy challenge as full-time approached, allowing Lampard to make it 4-2 from the penalty spot.


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Chelsea  Hilario, Ivanovic, Carvalho (Kalou 69), Terry, Malouda, Ballack, Mikel (Belletti 60), Lampard, J. Cole (Sturridge 60), Anelka, Drogba
Subs Not Used  Turnbull, Ferreira, Alex, Matic
Booked  Terry, Ballack, Ivanovic
Sent Off:
Belletti, Ballack
Lampard 42, 90 (pen)

Manchester City  Given, Zabaleta, Richards, Lescott, Bridge (Santa Cruz 78), Kompany, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Tevez (Sylvinho 90), Johnson (Wright-Phillips 60)
Subs Not Used Taylor, Toure, Onuoha, Ibrahim
Booked  Zabaleta
Goals  Tevez 45, 76 (pen, Bellamy 51, 87

Attendance 41,814

Referee  M. Dean

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