Pep Guardiola’s experiments backfired as Chelsea snatched a last gasp winner over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium and won from a trail.
Manchester City’s wait to be crowned Premier League champions continues after Marcos Alonso fired Chelsea to a late victory at the Etihad Stadium. City took the lead late in the first half as Raheem Sterling latched onto a loose touch by Sergio Aguero to put the hosts ahead in the 44th minute. Moments later, they had a glorious chance to double their lead with a penalty after Billy Gilmour‘s clumsy challenge on Gabriel Jesus.
Sergio Aguero stepped up in search of a record-equalling goal for City and opted for the most audacious of penalties – the Panenka. But Edouard Mendy stood firm and casually gathered the dinked effort to leave Pep Guardiola furious on the touchline.
Chelsea scored a deserved equalizer just after the hour mark as Hakim Ziyech rifled in from outside the area after a well-worked team move. The visitors had the ball in the back of the net a further two times in the second half but Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi were found to be offside in the build-up. The Blues continued to be the more threatening side throughout the closing stages and Marcos Alonso snatched all three points with a deflected strike deep into added time.
AGUERO’S PENULTIMATE HOME APPEARANCE WAS ONE TO FORGET
Argentine forward Sergio Aguero had an afternoon to forget as his dismal performance – which included a penalty miss – potentially cost Manchester City an early title coronation. City were awarded a penalty in first-half stoppage time and Aguero stepped up to take the spot-kick. The Argentine attempted a Panenka, which was saved with ease by Mendy.
Strangely, Aguero’s first touch also went missing in the game. He fumbled the ball right before Raheem Sterling bailed him out and scored Manchester City’s solitary goal for which he was awarded with an assist, albeit fortunately. One goal was all Sergio Aguero needed to match the record number of Premier League goals for one club – held by Wayne Rooney with 183 for Manchester United. He has only a handful more games for City and will try to beat the Englishman before calling it a day with City.