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Chelsea beat Man City to delay title party

Sergio Aguero fluffed a Panenka penalty as Chelsea delayed Manchester City tile celebrations with a dramatic 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

City, needing three points to become champions of England for the seventh time, took the lead just before half-time through Raheem Sterling’s close-range strike after a slip by Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.

Aguero had a glorious chance to make it 2-0 from the spot moments later when Billy Gilmour fouled Gabriel Jesus, but the Argentina striker opted for a dinked effort that was easily saved by Edouard Mendy.

It proved a costly miss, as Chelsea equalised in the 63rd minute when Cesar Azpilicueta set up Hakim Ziyech to fire home from the edge of the area.

The vastly improved visitors had two more efforts ruled out for offside before Marcus Alonso sealed the victory in stoppage time, meeting Timo Werner’s pull-back and sending the ball looping over a despairing Ederson.

Thomas Tuchel’s men move into third on 64 points, one ahead of fourth placed Leicester City, while Man City remain on 80 points.

It was Chelsea’s second win over City in the space of three weeks – following their victory in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley in April – and will give them a confidence boost when both sides clash again in the Champions League final in Istanbul.

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