Carlos Tevéz and Craig Bellamy both scored twice as Manchester City FC ended nine-man Chelsea FC's 37-match unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge with a 4-2 victory which lifted them up to fourth in the Premier League.
Such a turn of events seemed unlikely when the leaders went in front three minutes before the break through Frank Lampard. City, who had failed to score on their last seven visits to Chelsea, equalised moments later, however. A mis-directed header from John Mikel Obi set Tevéz racing away and the Argentinian, twisting away from John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho, stabbed a tame shot towards goal which Henrique Hilário could only help into the net.
Bellamy (52) put City ahead with an angled shot after breaking down the left, before Tevéz (76) claimed his second, from the penalty spot, following Juliano Belletti's foul on Gareth Barry. The Brazilian was shown a red card and was soon followed into the dressing room by Michael Ballack, who received a second booking for fouling Tevéz. Bellamy (87) tapped in at the far post from Shaun Wright-Phillips' low cross, while Lampard's 90th-minute spot-kick was merely a consolation.
That defeat allowed third-placed Arsenal FC to move within three points of their London rivals courtesy of a 3-1 win at ten-man Stoke City FC in the late kick-off. Added-time efforts from Cesc Fàbregas and Thomas Vermaelen, following Ryan Shawcross's red card, swung the game in the visitors' favour after Nicklas Bendtner's header (32) had cancelled out Danny Pugh's opener (8) for the hosts. Arsenal's joy at closing the gap was tempered, however, by a serious right-leg injury to Aaron Ramsey.
Elsewhere, Birmingham City FC defeated lowly Wigan Athletic FC at home, James McFadden (45) scoring the only goal from the penalty spot, while Bolton Wanderers FC moved up four places into 15th thanks to a 1-0 defeat of relegation rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. Bottom club Portsmouth FC, meanwhile, enjoyed only their fourth league win of the campaign, triumphing 2-1 at fellow strugglers Burnley FC.
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