Oct 29, 2013

    Late goal by Torres sends Chelsea to 2nd place

    FERNANDO Torres exploited a 90th-minute horror show from Manchester City to earn Chelsea a 2-1 win on Sunday that sent them up to second place in the Premier League.

    City looked on course for a draw at Stamford Bridge after a Sergio Aguero thunderbolt cancelled out Andre Schurrle's opener, only for Torres to pounce at the death after a mix-up between Matija Nastasic and Joe Hart.

    It was the latest in a series of blunders by England goalkeeper Hart, who rushed to the edge of his area but did not clam the ball, and he could be seen venting his frustration as Torres wheeled away to celebrate.

    Jose Mourinho's Chelsea have now won five consecutive games in all competitions and trail leaders Arsenal by just two points.

    "We won a game which was very important for us. We beat maybe the best team in the Premier League," said Mourinho, who reacted to Torres' winner by leaping into the crowd.

    "Everything happened for Torres after he missed an easy chance. After that, we saw the best Fernando."

    City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who was succeeded by Mourinho at Real Madrid, saw his side finish the weekend down in seventh place, four points below Chelsea and six shy of Arsenal.

    "In the second half we were in control of the ball, but what happened is what has happened to us in other away defeats," Pellegrini said.

    "I don't know if this is the moment to say who has to take the ball (for Torres' goal). They scored a goal and we will analyse it in the week."

    In the continued absence of injured City captain Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis was handed his debut at centre-back, while Aguero was deployed as a lone striker in a cautious 4-2-3-1 system.