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Manchester City vs Chelsea As It Happened

FT: Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea Bernardo Silva 46'
Updated: 04 March 2018 23:24 IST - Published: 04 March 2018 22:30 IST
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94' PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! PEEEEEP! PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! That is all the action (if you can call it that) from the Etihad. One step closer to the Premier League title. Bernardo Silva's strike was all it took for the Cityzens to put the game to bed against an uninspired and insipid Chelsea side.

I'm signing off before I doze off. 

This is Shambhu Ajith, you can find me on twitter- @goddamnhunter

Arrivederci!
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93' Probably the best chance of the game for Chelsea. And that comes in the 94th minute. Alonso goes for it first-time on the full and smashes it wide off the mark. No shots on target for Chelsea.
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92' Substitution for Manchester City.

David Silva out. Phil Foden in.


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92' Sane blasts one high and over the crossbar and into the stand. It's raining cats and dogs here.
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91' 4 minutes added on. Drinkwater takes his frustration out on Walker as he shoves him to the ground.
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91' No teeth, no grit, no sharpness. This is exactly the opposite of what I expected this match to be.
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Substitution for Chelsea.

Hazard out. Morata in. 
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88' Morata is all set to come on.
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88' Emerson shoves Kyle Walker to the ground and gifts City a freekick in their defensive half.
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87' Eden Hazard makes news! He's flagged offside!
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86' Substitution for Manchester City.

Zinchenko off. Danilo on.
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85' Chelsea are yet to register a shot on target. Yes, it has been as bad as it sounds.
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84' Substitution for Manchester City.

Aguero off. Gabriel Jesus on.
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83' Chelsea just can't seem to whip up any sort of inspiration and this is so dull and drab. If you don't see any further updates, that's because Im snoring off in office.
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81' Substitution for Chelsea

Pedro off. Emerson on.

Morata goes back to get his jacket once again and asks 'What's happening(perhaps?)?' He looked all set to come on.
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80' Pedro wins a corner from the left flank after Chelsea break on a not-so-promising counter-attack. Marcos Alonso's subsequent corner is absolute garbage. So so short of quality, this Chelsea performance.
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79' De Bruyne has the chance to set Aguero up for a second City goal but his pass is uncharacteristically heavy and that comes to nothing.
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78' Pedro has been so terrible in the second half. Some really awful passing has killed two of Chelsea's counter-attacks.
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77' Substitution for Chelsea. Willian is off and in comes... na na na Giroud... FINALLY.
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77' Sane with a brilliant turn and a cross into the area but no one is there at the end of it.
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75' There's so much strolling about happening I'm starting to think this is a retirement home recreation park. Sigh.
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73' It's same old same old, lads. I'm starting to feel like a robot. I already sound like one.
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72' Hazard has been given zilch to work with all evening. Chelsea's best player on the pitch, playing too far upfront to make any sortof impact while Pedro and Willian are having shockers.
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71' It is too easy in the middle of the park for City as they switch from wing to wing to find a way past the Chelsea backline that now consists of close to 9 men. That's a difficult task but there's always scope for adventure.
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70' The City press has worked well once again. Chelsea do not know what press is.
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69' Pedro ventures into the attacking half with intent but his delivery for Hazard is piss-poor once again and the disappointment is evident on the Belgian's face.
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68' This has been a rather disappointing Super Sunday main event, to be honest. Chelsea are happy to let City run around in third gear and City are more than willing to oblige.
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66' Manchester United really did have to fight against the Chelsea side for all 3 points. While City have had to fight for the goal, they don't look like they'll need to fight to hold on to that lead. 
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65' A stray pass in the centre of the park is collected by De Bruyne who motors into the attacking half and finds Aguero on the right wing. But Aguero runs straight into a blind alley and nothing comes of it.
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65' Hazard forays into the attacking half and plays a ball to Willian who has plenty of time to put a cross in but he tries to cut it back and it hits Laporte on its way and they will have run all the way back into their defensive half now.
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64' Conte looks sullen in the tactical area. Can he keep his job? Can Chelsea come back? It doesn't look very positive.
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62' City are doing their passing drills around the Chelsea players. Sane crosses one into the area but Chelsea deal with it once again. It's hard not to when 10 of our players are all standing in and around the area.
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61' Chelsea are yet to register a shot on target in this game. Sigh.
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61' This has been as uninspirational a performance from Chelsea as any we have seen in the recent past as they still sit back deep in their own half.
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60' Rudiger fends off Kyle Walker on the right flank to make sure that City didn't get an opportunity to go 2-0 up.
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58' Poor decision making from Pedro in the attacking half cuts yet another Chelsea attack short.
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58' City take the freekick short. De Bruyne's cross to Aguero is precise and the striker lays it off for David Silva. Silva lets one rip but it gets a deflection and goes out for a corner.
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57' Rudiger once again shoves Silva to the ground. He's 3 warnings down. That's a 4th offence and he gets booked and rightly so!
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55' David Silva motors into the box and keeps going and going before he unleashes a shot to the near post but Courtois deals with it with a solid save.
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53' Finally some intent from Chelsea's pat. Alonso drags one back to Fabregas in the centre of the park and he forays ahead to release Moses with a delightful ball. But Moses bafflingly goes for goal and it is not even on target! They really should have made more of that.
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51' City could pass around Chelsea all day and they wouldn't bat an eye it seems like. They're strolling about the park. And they really cannot afford to. 
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50' Once more Chelsea's attacks come to nothing and lose steam as soon as they hit the final third. They don't look like a cohesive unit, I must admit.
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48' Quite disheartening to see Chelsea not even pressing the City defenders as they dilly dally with the ball trying to start attacks from the back. Chelsea look devoid of ideas, vigour and creativity. Conte out? 
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47' They set up to keep the clean sheet and that's a lost cause now. What will Chelsea do now? Do they sit back or do they take the game to Pep's men? Tell me what you're thinking on Twitter- @goddamnhunter
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46' 36 SECONDS INTO THE SECOND HALF AND THE SILVAS HAVE COMBINED TO PRODUCE THE FIRST GOAL OF THE GAME.

GUNDOGAN'S BALL INTO THE AREA SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLEARED BUT CHELSEA MAKE A MESS OF IT AND HANDS IT TO AGUERO INSIDE THE AREA. THE ARGENTINE LAYS IT OFF TO SILVA WHO VENTURES AHEAD AND SENDS ONE WHIZZING PAST THE 6 YARD BOX AND BERNARDO SILVA MAKES A VERY GOOD RUN TO MEET IT AND SEND IT PAST A STUMBLING COURTOIS. NOT THE PRETTIEST BUT CITY WILL TAKE IT.

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PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! We're off in the second half.
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PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! That's that in the first half. 0-0 it remains. Deadlocked. It's working out for Chelsea so far. If 1 point is all they came for, i.e.
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45' Manchester City will have one last go but Hazard is on the ground after a collision and the game has to be halted because the Belgian looked like he is in trouble. He's up now.
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44' Chelsea will be happy to see this end 0-0 at halftime as they try to build one last attack from the back. 1 minute added on.
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43' Possession stats. Manchester City 77% Chelsea 23%. Make of that what you will. Actually, think the obvious.