Manchester City beat Tottenham 2-1 to go second in soccer’s Premier League as Chelsea was held to a 1-1 tie by Liverpool. Chelsea’s John Terry scored, then left the field injured on his return from a ban for racial abuse.
Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko got the winning goal in the 88th minute for City, the defending league champion, as it rallied from a halftime deficit at its Etihad Stadium yesterday.
“It was a huge win because it was a difficult moment,” City manager Roberto Mancini told reporters. “Tottenham I didn’t feel had chances apart from a couple of set-pieces, we need to improve there. But after they scored first I thought we played fantastic.”
Chelsea was denied a win as Luis Suarez scored for visiting Liverpool in the second half at Stamford Bridge. Terry headed the Blues into a 20th-minute lead before injuring his knee later in the first half. Terry received a four-game ban in September from an independent panel appointed by England’s Football Association for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in a game last season.
Manchester United tops the standings with 27 points, City has 25 and Chelsea 24. Everton and West Bromwich Albion both have 20 points. West Ham moved into sixth spot, on 18 points, with a 1-0 victory at Newcastle.
City maintains the only remaining unbeaten record in the Premier League this season after turning the match around after halftime.
Spurs led after 21 minutes when Steven Caulker headed into the net from a free kick by Tom Huddlestone.
City twice appealed for penalties during the opening half, first when the ball hit William Gallas’s arm, then after a clash between Huddlestone and Pablo Zabaleta.
The home team pushed forward after the interval and Sergio Aguero profited from a deflection to collect the ball then place a low shot into the far corner of the net after 65 minutes.
Tottenham’s Wales winger Gareth Bale had a shot saved by Joe Hart soon after, but it was City that continued to provide the greater attacking threat.
The game was decided with two minutes of normal time remaining as substitute Dzeko scored his seventh goal of the season. Six of those have come in matches in which he didn’t start. Dzeko fired past Brad Friedel after he collected a chipped pass from David Silva.
At Stamford Bridge, Terry took advantage of loose marking at a corner to head past Brad Jones.
His return lasted only 38 minutes, with the former England captain suffering a knee injury in an accidental clash with Suarez. He was carried off on a stretcher.
Liverpool had dominated possession in the first half without creating many chances. It was Chelsea that appeared more likely to score again, with Jones forced to save from Fernando Torres midway through the half. Eden Hazard hit a follow-up shot wide.
Blues midfielder Juan Mata fired just over the bar in first-half injury time.
Jones stopped a close-range header from Torres early in the second half as Chelsea applied pressure on the visitors.
Liverpool was, though, able to score from a corner to earn a point. Jamie Carragher flicked the ball across the penalty area and Suarez headed into the net from three yards.
Suarez has scored in three straight league games and has 11 goals this season.
“I thought we did push on and had the chances to score the second goal,” Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo told Sky Sports. “We’ll have to have a scan on John Terry on Monday to fully understand the extent of the injury.”
West Ham Victory
West Ham got its second away win of the season, with a goal from former Newcastle midfielder Kevin Nolan securing the three points at St. James’s Park.
Two days ago, Manchester United recovered from a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 at Aston Villa, Arsenal was held to a 3-3 tie by Fulham, Everton defeated Sunderland 2-1, and West Bromwich Albion won 2-1 at Wigan.
Southampton climbed from last spot with a 1-1 draw against Swansea, replaced by Queens Park Rangers after a 1-0 loss at Stoke. The match between Reading and Norwich was scoreless.