Marcos Alonso Ratings In Hurt-Time As Chelsea Extend Manchester Metropolis's Premier League Title Salvage together
Premier League: Chelsea celebrate a aim against Manchester Metropolis on Sunday.© AFP
Chelsea pressured Manchester Metropolis to position their Premier League title occasion on contain on Saturday, a success 2-1 to take their receive chances of a high-four create in a dressing up rehearsal for the Champions League closing. Raheem Sterling gave the dwelling facet the lead factual prior to half of-time at an empty Etihad Stadium but Hakim Ziyech levelled and Marcos Alonso bundled within the winner within the demise seconds. Metropolis would be crowned champions prior to they play all yet again. 2d-positioned Manchester United face three fits prior to Guardiola's males are subsequent in motion, against Newcastle on Friday.
The level lifts Chelsea into third space, six a ways from fifth-positioned West Ham with factual three video games to straggle.
Thomas Tuchel's in-develop team ended Metropolis's dreams of a historic quadruple by beating them within the FA Cup semi-closing last month and they as soon as extra proved tricky opponents.
Metropolis, who receive a large 13-level advantage over 2nd-positioned Manchester United, are clear to discover their third Premier League title in four years but must now contain up for it to be confirmed.
Pep Guardiola made 9 changes from the facet that noticed off Paris Saint-Germain within the 2nd leg of the Champions League semi-closing in midweek, with Ederson and Ruben Dias the handiest gamers to contain their locations.
Chelsea made five changes following their overcome Staunch Madrid.
The dwelling facet dominated possession within the early phases, with Ferran Torres firing over after a thrust down the comely and Benjamin Mendy capturing wide.
Raheem Sterling became booked within the 12th minute after catching Timo Werner with his studs but the punishment would possibly per chance well well had been worse.
Werner had the ball within the web factual after the half of-hour but he became properly offside and Sterling had a shot at the replacement kill but straight forward probabilities were at a top price.
Ziyech examined Ederson within the Metropolis aim as the half of-time spoil neared but moments later the dwelling facet were ahead.
Gabriel Jesus shrugged off Andreas Christensen to interrupt into the attach. He squared, attempting to search out Sergio Aguero. The Argentine's touch became uncomfortable but Sterling became readily available to tuck dwelling.
Metropolis would possibly per chance well well well additionally quiet had been 2-0 in first-half of stoppage time but Aguero paid the price for attempting a Panenka penalty that became easily saved by Edouard Mendy, drawing the ire of Guardiola.
Jesus won the gap-kick when he became bundled over by Billy Gilmour.
- Chelsea fightback -
As the 2nd half of wore on the company began to avoid wasting a foothold and they equalised factual after the hour when Rodri misplaced possession on the midway line.
Chelsea broke down the comely and Cesar Azpilicueta picked out Ziyech factual outside the attach. The Moroccan drilled a low shot into the bottom nook.
Guardiola threw on Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden for Torres and Aguero as his facet went making an strive for the discover.
Chelsea change Callum Hudson-Odoi had the ball within the web with about 10 minutes to straggle but the aim became ruled out for a marginal offside.
The create became frantic. Sterling had a penalty allure grew to change into down and Alonso then grabbed a last-gasp winner after an encourage from Werner.
Tuchel has transformed Chelsea's fortunes since changing Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge in January, losing factual two fits on his methodology to the FA Cup closing and Champions League closing.
Their closing three league fits are against Arsenal, Leicester -- their FA Cup closing opponents -- and Aston Villa but they're going to now be strongly fancied to qualify for the Champions League for the third season in a row.
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