Football: Jesus goal earns Manchester City win over Chelsea

Chelsea's Thiago Silva (right) vies with Manchester City's Phil Foden (left) and Gabriel Jesus during the English Premier League football match at Stamford Bridge in London, on Sept 25, 2021.
Chelsea's Thiago Silva (right) vies with Manchester City's Phil Foden (left) and Gabriel Jesus during the English Premier League football match at Stamford Bridge in London, on Sept 25, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - An early second-half goal from Gabriel Jesus with Manchester City's first shot on target earned the Premier League champions a 1-0 win over joint league leaders Chelsea on Saturday (Sept 25).

Jesus pushed the ball home with a deflection off Jorginho after a goalmouth melee in the 53rd minute following City's 10th corner of the game.

The goal sparked the match into life, forcing Chelsea to attack, after a first half of intense pressure from City and attritional defending from the home side.

It was Jesus’s 52nd goal for City and they have never lost a Premier League game in which he has scored.

“We prepared to play well,” he told BT Sport. “We came to play against one of the best teams in Europe. They play so good and have a lot of amazing players. We knew it was going to be difficult for us...

“Sometimes we don’t play well, but if we suffer a little bit we can attack. We have a lot of top players to create chances and try to score goals.”

The victory also broke a three-match losing streak for City against Chelsea, the most recent in the Champions League final in Porto in May.

It was a deserved win for the visitors who pressed Chelsea from the outset and enjoyed 70 per cent possession in the first half with Kevin de Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden buzzing round Chelsea's area.

At the other end Timo Werner and Marcos Alonso had chances, and Ederson had his share of goalkeeping duties to keep out crosses from Cesar Azpilicueta and snuffing out goalmouth challenges.

Ruben Dias also had an important hand in preserving City’s clean sheet, keeping control of Chelsea target man Romelu Lukaku who found little space to strike.

"We’re disappointed with the result,” Azpilicueta said. “It was not our best performance. Especially in the first half it was hard to get out. We didn’t create chances and lost the ball too easily. After the goal we had a good reaction, but it was not enough to get something from the game.”

City climbed to second in the table, level on 13 points with third-placed Chelsea.