Nine games into the Premier League season, Chelsea has finally beaten a leading team - thanks to Manchester City's defensive blunder in the 90th minute.
Matija Nastasic headed the ball back over Joe Hart, who was committed on the edge of the penalty area, leaving the goalkeeper stranded as Fernando Torres pounced to clinch a 2-1 victory for Chelsea yesterday.
In a dynamic display, Torres set up Andre Schuerrle's opener in the first half, although that was cancelled out by Sergio Aguero soon after the break.
Having previously been held to draws by Manchester United and Tottenham, Chelsea's third straight league win will raise the team's title hopes as they sit second two points behind Arsenal.
Tottenham are a point behind Chelsea after beating Hull 1-0, also yesterday, while Sunderland climbed off the bottom with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle in the northeast derby. The day's other game saw Swansea and West Ham draw 0-0.
But one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of the season so far was at Stamford Bridge as the league's biggest spending teams over the last decade met.
Torres had missed an open goal before charging down the right flank and squaring the ball into the penalty area for Schuerrle to sweep in the opener in the 33rd minute.
But Aguero levelled four minutes into the second half after running on to Samir Nasri's throughball and getting past Cahill before beating goalkeeper Petr Cech at his near post.
Torres continued to search for his first league goal since May, but he flicked a header straight at Hart and lifted the ball over at the back post.
Then Torres produced the winner with the game about to enter stoppage time - causing manager Jose Mourinho to launch himself into the crowd behind the bench to celebrate with his son and other supporters.
"Our team isn't physical, we need (Torres') physicality," Mourinho said. "The people playing behind him: Schuerrle is fragile, Juan (Mata) is little, Oscar is fragile, (Eden) Hazard is little.
"You see City, even Aguero, he's the little one but he's a powerful tank, so we need Fernando, he gives us a lot. After that, if he scores or doesn't score it's OK, we know we can count on him."
It was Chelsea's third straight win, while City have now dropped 11 points in nine games.
At White Hart Lane, Tottenham relied on Roberto Soldado's penalty in the 80th to clinch the win against Hull and return to the top four.
Sunderland have their first win of the league season after edging the derby against Newcastle.
Fabio Borini, who is on loan from Liverpool, blasted in his first Sunderland goal for an 84th-minute winner after being set up by Jozy Altidore.
Steven Fletcher had headed Sunderland in front after five minutes and Mathieu Debuchy equalised from close range in the 57th.
But Borini's goal ensured Sunderland rose off the bottom of the standings, a point above Crystal Palace, just two matches into Gus Poyet's reign as manager.
CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 Arsenal 9 7 1 1 20 9 11 222 Chelsea 9 6 2 1 16 6 10 203 Liverpool 9 6 2 1 17 8 9 204 Tottenham 9 6 1 2 9 5 4 195 Southampton 9 5 3 1 10 3 7 186 Everton 9 5 3 1 14 10 4 187 Man City 9 5 1 3 21 11 10 168 Man United 9 4 2 3 14 12 2 149 Swansea City 9 3 2 4 12 11 1 1110 Hull City 9 3 2 4 7 10 -3 1111 Newcastle 9 3 2 4 12 16 -4 1112 West Brom 9 2 4 3 8 10 -2 1013 Aston Villa 9 3 1 5 9 12 -3 1014 Fulham 9 3 1 5 9 12 -3 1015 West Ham 9 2 3 4 8 8 0 916 Cardiff City 9 2 3 4 8 13 -5 917 Stoke City 9 2 2 5 6 10 -4 818 Norwich City 9 2 2 5 6 13 -7 819 Sunderland 9 1 1 7 7 21 -14 420 Crystal Palace 9 1 0 8 6 19 -13 3
OCTOBER 26-27, 2013
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
ASTON VILLA 0, EVERTON 2
GOALS: EVERTON: LUKAKU 68; OSMAN 61.
Romelu Lukaku scored his fifth goal in as many games as Everton continued their excellent run at Aston Villa. The Belgium striker, who was kept quiet for most of the game by the Villa defence, struck from the edge of the box midway through the second half. He overshadowed compatriot Christian Benteke, who earlier had a penalty saved by Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard. As Villa pressed for a late leveller, Leon Osman stroked in for Everton's fifth victory in six league games.
CRYSTAL PALACE 0, ARSENAL 2
GOALS: ARSENAL: ARTETA PEN 47; GIROUD 87.
Arsenal beat managerless Crystal Palace to stay top of the Barclays Premier League, despite having Mikel Arteta sent off. Arteta scored a penalty after Adlene Guedioura's foul on Serge Gnabry before his 65-minute dismissal for a professional foul on Marouane Chamakh. Palace came close to a leveller but Joel Ward's shot hit the crossbar and Wojciech Szczesny brilliantly saved a Mile Jedinak volley. Olivier Giroud secured Arsenal's win when he headed in late on.
LIVERPOOL 4, WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1
GOALS: LIVERPOOL: SUAREZ 12, 17, 5; STURRIDGE 77. WBA: MORRISON PEN 66.
Luis Suarez scored a scintillating hat-trick at Anfield. Suarez fired Liverpool in front on 11 minutes, after a delightful, jinking run that tore the West Brom defence to shreds. The 26-year-old added a second six minutes later, heading powerfully beyond goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, and completed his hat-trick with a glancing header from a Steven Gerrard free kick. James Morrison pulled a goal back for West Brom but Daniel Sturridge extinguished any hopes of a comeback 15 minutes from time with a wonderful 20-yard chip.
MANCHESTER UNITED 4, STOKE CITY 2
GOALS: UNITED: VAN PERSIE 43; ROONEY 78; HERNANDEZ 80. STOKE: CROUCH 4; ARNAUTOVIC 45.
Late headers by Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez rescued Manchester United as the champions fought back from 2-1 down to clinch a dramatic win over Stoke. Peter Crouch put Stoke ahead when Jonny Evans' clearance hit him and flew in. Robin van Persie levelled from close range but Marko Arnautovic's curling free kick restored Stoke's lead. United were facing a second home defeat of the season but with 12 minutes left Rooney nodded home a corner and moments later Hernandez grabbed the winner.
NORWICH CITY 0, CARDIFF CITY 0
A superb goalkeeping display from Cardiff's David Marshall denied Norwich City all three points at Carrow Road. Marshall made excellent stops from Jonny Howson, Gary Hooper, Nathan Redmond and Leroy Fer. The match ended controversially when Fer kicked the ball into an empty net from a throw-in instead of passing back to Marshall after the ball had initially been kicked out of play to allow a home player to get treatment. Referee Michael Jones disallowed the goal.
SOUTHAMPTON 2, FULHAM 0
LAMBERT 20; RODRIGUEZ 42.
Southampton climbed to third in the Barclays Premier League table with a comprehensive victory over Fulham. Saints dominated from the start and took the lead when Jay Rodriguez flicked on a James Ward-Prowse corner for Rickie Lambert to head home. More chances followed and Lambert hit the post from 25 yards before setting up Rodriguez to make it 2-0, turning an Adam Lallana cross into his path.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
CHELSEA 2, MANCHESTER CITY
GOALS: CHELSEA; SCHURRLE 33; TORRES 90. CITY: AGUERO 49.
Fernando Torres stole a dramatic late winner for Chelsea as they moved back up to second in the Barclays Premier League. Torres scored after a defensive mix up saw City's Matija Nastasic head a long ball past onrushing keeper Joe Hart. Torres had earlier set up Andre Schurrle to side-foot the Blues ahead. Sergio Aguero thundered in a shot to level for City but they suffered a third defeat of the season following Torres's late strike.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 1
GOALS: SUNDERLAND: FLETCHER 5; BORINI 84.
NEWCASTLE: DEBUCHY 57.
Fabio Borini's dramatic late strike helped Sunderland beat Newcastle and secure a first win of the season which lifts them off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table. The home side took the lead when striker Steven Fletcher headed in Adam Johnson's cross after five minutes. But Johnson let Mathieu Debuchy run in and slot home the equaliser following Hatem Ben Arfa's effort across goal. Sunderland were not to be denied and Borini powered in a 25-yard winner.
SWANSEA CITY 0
WEST HAM UNITED 0
Swansea and West Ham settled for a point in a match that contained few clear-cut opportunities at a rain-drenched Liberty Stadium. West Ham created more chances than the home side with Stewart Downing forcing saves from Michel Vorm who then almost punched the ball into his own net. Midfielder Ravel Morrison also went close when he fired wide from 10 yards. Jussi Jaaskelainen produced two great blocks to deny Swansea's Chico Flores and Wilfried Bony.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1,
HULL CITY 0
GOAL: SPURS: SOLDADO PEN 80.
Roberto Soldado's late penalty gave Tottenham victory over Hull and lifted Spurs to fourth in the Barclays Premier League. Frustrated for long periods, the hosts were relieved when Soldado finished after Ahmed Elmohamady handled. Soldado had earlier been denied by Steve Harper, while Paulinho hooked over the bar. Hull saw ex-Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone volley over in the first half but were increasingly pressed back in the second and were ultimately undone from the spot.