London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Striker Fernando Torres scored in the final minute to carry Chelsea to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Manchester City Sunday at Stamford Bridge.
The win was Chelsea’s sixth this season, enough to move it to a share of second place with Liverpool with identical 20 apiece, just two markers behind Arsenal.
The loss dropped Manchester City to fifth place with 16 points, two points clear of rival Manchester United.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho introduced just one change in his lineup that beat Schalke, 3-0, in the UEFA Champions League, inserting returning Ashley Cole to replace Cesar Azpilicueta.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini gave Martin Demichelis his first start at center-back and pushed Javi Garcia into a holding role with the continued absence of injured Vincent Kompany.
Chelsea had earlier chances to put points on the board but Gary Cahill and Torres missed several opportunities.
In the 33rd minute, Chelsea finally drew first blood when Andre Schurrle scored his first goal from a pass from Torres.
Sergio Aguero’s superb thunderous strike — his sixth goal in four outings and 10th of the season — beat Petr Cech in the Chelsea goal three minutes after the restart to tie the game at 1-all.
With one minute left in regulation, Torres took advantage of a mix up between Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart and Matija Nastasic to score an uncontested goal.
At White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur recorded a 1-0 victory over Hull City thanks to a Roberto Soldado penalty 10 minutes from time after Ahmed Elmohamady was adjudged to have handled Jan Vertonghen’s cross.
In other matches, Swansea City and West Ham United battled out a 0-0- draw at the Liberty Stadium while Sunderland beat Newcastle United, 2-1.