Man City vs Chelsea: Score, Final result & Highlights as Alvarez scores before the Premier League champions raise the trophy

Overview of the main news about Man City vs. Chelsea match: Score, Final result & Highlights as Alvarez scores before the Premier League champions raise the trophy.

On Sunday afternoon, Manchester City defeated Chelsea 1-0 to win the Premier League trophy for the fifth time in six years. The champions finished their home season in a celebratory mood.

Man City vs Chelsea: Score, Final result & Highlights as Alvarez scores before the Premier League champions raise the trophy

Challengers Arsenal suffered a defeat at Nottingham Forest the day before as part of a late-season slump that has seen them win just one game in their past seven. With three games remaining, City had effectively sealed the championship.

Following City’s victory against Real Madrid in the middle of the week, Pep Guardiola made a number of changes for Chelsea’s visit. Even though only Kyle Walker and Manuel Akanji were left, it had little impact on the visitors’ prospects.

Frank Lampard, a former parishioner, and his troops provided a guard of honor before City immediately turned up the style. Two of the teenage players, who were handed a rare start, combined for the game’s opening goal after 12 minutes while purring like the lions who often roam this pitch.

The rangy Cole Palmer, who enjoyed himself all afternoon in facing Cesar Azpilicueta, broke down the left before playing it across to Julian Alvarez.  The World Cup winner took it in stride on the right edge of the box before putting the ball easily beyond Edouard Mendy’s replacement in the Chelsea starting lineup, Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Alvarez’s spectacular rookie season, which has only gone unnoticed because of the otherworldly teammate he stood in for tonight, saw him score his 17th goal across all competitions.

Phil Foden, who astonishingly earned his fifth Premier League championship title before turning 23 years old, was allowed wide reign of the field. The England international was playing around with the midfielders for the Blues, twisting and turning as usual before squirting balls to Palmer and Riyad Mahrez. He appeared to have the power to control the pace and choose if City turned the game into a cricket score.

Chelsea, though, had other ideas. They responded with a handful of their own chances, especially via Raheem Sterling, who made his first appearance at Etihad Stadium since leaving as a four-time league champion last summer. After catching a fantastic ball over the top from Enzo Fernandez, he first botched an attempt at a square. Later, he outran Manuel Akanji to get his own shot off, but Stefan Ortega made a good ground stop.

As the end-of-season feeling truly took hold, City quickly ended the half by controlling possession, but Chelsea came back from the break stronger. Conor Gallagher, who had already hit the post in the first half, started to roam and link up brilliantly, while Sterling was once more always involved and enjoying his battle with fellow countryman Kyle Walker.

Chelsea’s momentum quickly ran out as a result of Lampard’s several adjustments, including Sterling’s departure to a standing ovation from the home crowd. Even though Alvarez once again had the ball in the goal, City didn’t have much to offer. However, because of a handball by Mahrez in the buildup, referee Michael Oliver disallowed it after inspecting the monitor.

The Algerian’s failure to offer assistance was his final deed of the day, and Erling Haaland was introduced in his place to thunderous applause. Kevin De Bruyne soon after, but City was unable to turn the screw—or perhaps they didn’t feel the need to.

City fans instantly swarmed the field after the final whistle, which is uncommon in the Premier League. Security was helpless to stop the supporters from rushing the field in a matter of seconds, along with flares and banners, so the players ran out of the tunnel. For anyone caught entering the pitch, the Premier League instituted a minimum term of a one-year stadium ban in September.

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It shouldn’t be shocking that Guardiola was constantly shifting position on the bench during what was essentially a meaningless game for his squad. His theatrics as always symbolized why this City team is so incredibly fantastic, whether it was nearly exploding in wrath when his defense played out too slowly or running to change the position of his midfield.

They are relentless, as are he. Whether a world-class talent or a youngster selected from the academy, every player that joins this all-conquering team on such a change-filled afternoon is at the level necessary. Although the faces change, the intensity doesn’t.

Because of this, they are on track to reach 94 points, which, before the Guardiola era, would have been the second-highest total ever but now seems insignificant. Yes, it’s against the backdrop of 115 alleged financial rule violations, but in any case, the sheer brutality must be admired.

City must now defeat Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion, both on the road, in order to reach that number. The FA Cup final against Manchester United and the Champions League final against Inter Milan remain between the Citizens and the treble after that.

Meanwhile, Chelsea only have a mid-table position to battle for thanks to Frank Lampard’s team’s position one point behind 11th-placed Crystal Palace with one game remaining. This game is on Thursday at Old Trafford, four miles away in Manchester.

See below for highlights and real-time score updates.



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The game is ended, and now the spectators are on the field. The trophy presentation will be delayed significantly until it is cleared.

90th min: There are three minutes left in City’s home season as we enter extra time.

86th min: At this point, neither team truly seems to be in position to score, with City meandering to victory while Chelsea’s early second-half surge appears to have vanished. With Pulisic, Koulibaly, and Chukwuemeka in place, the visitors themselves are starting to look extremely different.

78th min: De Bruyne and Rodrigo make their entrances, with the travelling fans behind the goal singing “Chelsea reject” to the former.

74th min: The tension has increased, and Haaland nearly has an immediate impact after being found by Lewis but missing with a left-footed shot across goal.

73th min: NO GOAL! Following a review of the VAR monitor, Michael Oliver declares Mahrez to have intentionally handballed the ball. With Haaland coming on to replace the winger, that was his final move of the match.

71th min: GOAL! Alvarez adds another one! Hall fails in his sliding challenge as Mahrez breaks down the right, allowing the Algerian with the easy chore of throwing across the box for Alvarez to tap in. 2-0.

69th min: Madueke, who was unfortunate to lose his place in the side on recent form, is now on for Chelsea alongside Mudryk. Sterling goes off to a standing ovation from the City fans, with Gallagher also exiting.

62nd min: The sight of Gundogan, Haaland and De Bruyne now warming up will send shivers down the spines of these Chelsea players.

58th min: The whole ground sings the name of John Stones, who replaces Akanji in a City team which needs to wake up. Immediately from a free-kick, Phillips then heads an effort past Kepa but it hits the woodwork!

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51st min: Lampard’s men have started this half much the better side, with the likes of Loftus-Cheek getting on the ball more. Their latest chance sees Sterling break forward at speed before laying it off to Gallagher, whose effort from the left forces a save from Ortega.

46th min: We’re back underway in sunny Manchester. No changes at the break.


45th min: Other than a Phillips long-range effort which sailed wide, the half has completely petered out with the pace dropping to a crawl. A minute of additional time to come.

36th min: Now Gallagher goes close too! He sprints in at the back post to meet a Hall cross but his header hits the post.

34th min: A pair of chances for Sterling in the space of a goal of minutes. The first sees a wonderful ball over the top from Fernandez which takes out the entire home defence, but Sterling gets his attempted square horribly wrong as it harmlessly hits Akanji. Next time, he races past the centre-back in collecting a through ball but his shot on goal is saved low by Ortega. A couple of warning signs.

29th min: Foden very nearly pulls out a party piece, attempting to lob Kepa from 25 yards, on the run after a superb first touch and at an angle, but it goes just wide. It already feels like one of those days.

25th min: As is so often the case when Guardiola makes a raft of alterations, his second string can still look as fluid as the top boys. The hosts are now controlling possession and picking their moments as they see fit. Foden has so much freedom in the middle, toying with the Blues and spraying it out to the likes of Palmer. Only a last-ditch clearance from Chalobah stops a second goal.

15th min: Fantastic play from Foden with a first-time ball out to the left creates a really dangerous attack for the hosts, but Chelsea just about keep it out, despite several bites of the cherry, including from the England international himself and Mahrez.

12th min: GOAL! Alvarez puts City ahead! In for Haaland today and off the back of a late finish against Real Madrid, the Argentinian gets the party started here. He collects the ball on the right edge of the box after a run from Palmer down the left, and his first touch is brilliant, setting him up perfectly to slot past Kepa. 1-0.

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6th min: Half-chances for both sides in the early knockings. Mahrez left the Chelsea backline with twisted blood as he broke into the box for the first chance of the game, before shots from Philips and Gomez. At the other end, the visitors had a little spell of their own, with Azpilicueta getting past Lewis down the right flank well but his cross couldn’t quite find Sterling.

KICK-OFF: It’s a party atmosphere as the champions get us underway.

20 mins to KO: Lampard is not the only one making a return to City, with Raheem Sterling appearing as an opposing player for the first time since departing last summer. The winger missed the FA Cup tie here in January through injury.

Under Guardiola, Sterling had an incredible career, scoring 91 goals in 225 Premier League appearances and winning four awards. His move to West London hasn’t worked out too well so far, although that’s not entirely his fault given how much Chelsea has struggled as a team as a whole. The 28-year-old, who has taken some blows as well, has six goals in 26 league games.

40 mins to KO: Due to their contracts expiring this summer, a few City players may be saying goodbye to the Etihad Stadium this afternoon. One of them is goalkeeper Scott Carson, who contributes greatly to the atmosphere in the locker room despite the fact that his opportunities have been quite restricted in comparison to those of Stefan Ortega and Ederson.

Ilkay Gundogan is the second and significantly more concerning. The midfielder’s future is still up in the air; some sources indicate that he will sign a new long-term contract with City, while others link him to Barcelona. The midfielder has been on fire lately, scoring goals against Leeds United and Everton back-to-back.

1 hour to KO: Team news is in. For Chelsea, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kai Havertz Wesley Fofana all come in, following the 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest last time out.

Wholesale changes for the hosts, with the likes of Erling Haaland, Ederson and Kevin De Bruyne rested. Only Kyle Walker and Manuel Akanji stay in the team which beat Real Madrid in midweek.

1 hour 30 mins to KO:For the third time as a manager, Frank Lampard will take the field at this location; he lost there with Chelsea in 2019–20 and unexpectedly drew with Everton earlier this season.The former England international played with City for a full season in 2014–2015, making 32 appearances during a trophyless season.

2 hours to KO: Welcome to the Manchester City championship celebration at Etihad Stadium. They’re becoming accustomed to this, and in the ensuing three weeks, there may still be many more reasons to rejoice. Their season will come to a climax with matches against Inter Milan in the Champions League final and the FA Cup final, where they will have the opportunity to become just the second team in English football history to win all three major tournaments.

The Citizens look unstoppable in that quest, currently riding a 23-game unbeaten streak, stretching back to a 1-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur in February. Every single home game across three competitions since then has been won.


Man City lineup (3-2-4-1): Ortega (GK) — Walker, Akanji, Laporte — Phillips, Gomez — Foden, Palmer, Lewis, Mahrez — Alvarez

Chelsea lineup (3-5-2): Kepa (GK) — Fofana, Silva, Chalobah — Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Fernandez, Gallagher, Hall — Havertz, Sterling


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