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Chelsea sink Manchester City, Juve stay unbeaten

Published: Monday 12 December 2011, 19.34CET
Chelsea FC came from behind to condemn Manchester City FC to their first Premier League defeat of the season while Juventus returned to the Serie A summit following a draw at AS Roma.
Chelsea sink Manchester City, Juve stay unbeaten
Didier Drogba (left) delights in Raul Meireles's equalising goal for Chelsea against Manchester City ©Getty Images

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Published: Monday 12 December 2011, 19.34CET

Chelsea sink Manchester City, Juve stay unbeaten

Chelsea FC came from behind to condemn Manchester City FC to their first Premier League defeat of the season while Juventus returned to the Serie A summit following a draw at AS Roma.

Frank Lampard scored a late penalty as Chelsea FC rallied from a goal down to condemn ten-man Manchester City FC to their first defeat of the season at Stamford Bridge, while AS Roma's Francesco Totti missed a spot kick and the opportunity to end the unbeaten run of Juventus, who earned a 1-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.

On a rainy night in west London, Manchester City got off to the perfect start when Mario Balotelli scored after just two minutes. The Italian international raced on to a fine pass from Sergio Agüero, rode Branislav Ivanović's challenge and beat Petr Čech with a cool finish. But despite dominating the first half City, hitherto unbeaten in 14 league matches, conceded a 34th-minute equaliser, when Raul Meireles converted Daniel Sturridge's centre.

Sturridge might have scored himself shortly after the interval, sending a snapshot narrowly wide from the edge of the area, and the impetus swung in the hosts' favour when Gaël Clichy was shown a second yellow card after felling Ramires. Lampard, on as a replacement for Meireles, then scored the 82nd-minute winner from the spot after Joleon Lescott handled. City remain two points clear at the top of the Premier League, while André Villas-Boas's charges are up to third.

Juventus returned to the top of Serie A, level on points with Udinese Calcio, after coming from behind to draw against Roma. The Giallorossi also took an early lead when Daniele De Rossi scored five minutes in with a volley from the edge of the area. Marcelo Estigarribia and Arturo Vidal both came close to equalising before half-time but it was Giorgio Chiellini's first goal of the season, early in the second period, that brought Juve level.

Moments later the Bianconeri were also indebted to Gianluigi Buffon for stretching their unbeaten league sequence to 14 matches with a penalty save from Totti. In an open game there were late chances for Pablo Osvaldo and Totti, while at the other end Fabio Quagliarella was thwarted with two minutes left by the excellent Maarten Stekelenburg.

Last updated: 13/12/11 12.02CET

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