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Football: Chelsea raid robs Man City of home comforts

Published on Feb 4, 2014 6:16 AM
Manchester City's (from left) Edin Dzeko, David Silva and Jesus Navas in agony after a missed opportunity during their English Premier League match against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Feb 3, 2014. Chelsea defied Manchester City's scintillating home form with a superb 1-0 victory. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANCHESTER (AFP) - Chelsea defied Manchester City's scintillating home form with a superb 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium on Monday, Feb 3, 2014, that injected fresh intrigue into the Premier League title race.

Imperious in recent weeks, City were looking to reclaim top spot from Arsenal and move six points above Chelsea, but it was the visitors who prevailed thanks to a 32nd-minute bullet goal by Branislav Ivanovic.

City had won all 11 of their previous home league games this season, losing only to European champions Bayern Munich on home turf, while it was the first time they had failed to score at the Etihad in the league since November 2010.

The hosts had been seeking a ninth successive league win, but instead Jose Mourinho's Chelsea were left to celebrate a home-and-away double, having beaten City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in October's reverse fixture.

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