Torres Scores Late Winner as Chelsea Defeats Manchester City 2-1

Fernando Torres scored a last-minute winner as Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 to regain second place in English soccer’s Premier League.

The winning goal came when Torres took advantage of a mix-up in the City defense. Matija Nastasic and goalkeeper Joe Hart converged on a through-ball at the edge of the penalty area, only for Nastasic to head past his teammate and present Torres with an easy scoring chance.

Sergio Aguero had scored City’s leveling goal at 1-1 after Torres set up Andre Schuerrle to get Chelsea’s first goal.

Tottenham beat Hull 1-0, Swansea drew 0-0 with West Ham, and Sunderland beat Newcastle 2-1 in the northeast derby to move off the bottom of the league.

Arsenal leads the standings on 22 points, followed by Chelsea and Liverpool on 20, Tottenham on 19, Southampton and Everton on 18, and City on 16 points.

Torres should have given Chelsea the lead just before the half-hour at Stamford Bridge. Completely unmarked, he skied the ball over from just outside the six-yard area.

The Spaniard made amends in the 33rd minute, taking the ball past Gael Clichy on the right and cutting the ball back for Schuerrle to tap in. Torres almost made it 2-0 soon after, his right-foot shot from left of goal rebounding off the bar.

Aguero leveled the scores four minutes into the second half, latching on to Samir Nasri’s through-ball and slamming a left-foot shot past goalkeeper Petr Cech at the near post. It was Aguero’s ninth goal in the past seven games.

Cech saved from David Silva as City turned up the pressure, but the game looked like ending in a 1-1 draw before the defensive blunder that gave Chelsea victory.

Sunderland Victory

Sunderland’s new manager Gus Poyet saw his team get its opening league win of the season in his first home match since taking charge.

Steven Fletcher gave Sunderland the lead in the fifth minute at the Stadium of Light, heading in Adam Johnson’s cross.

Mathieu Debuchy leveled the scores in the 57th minute from Hatem Ben Arfa’s cross, and Fabio Borini got the winner with a swerving shot from outside the penalty area in the 84th minute.

The result leaves Sunderland on four points, one ahead of Crystal Palace.

An 80th-minute penalty by Roberto Soldado was enough to give Tottenham victory over Hull at White Hart Lane.

Yesterday, league leader Arsenal won 2-0 at Crystal Palace and Everton won by the same score at Aston Villa. Liverpool defeated West Brom 4-1 and defending champion Manchester United overcame Stoke 3-2. Norwich and Cardiff drew 0-0 and Fulham lost 2-0 at Southampton.

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