Chelsea vs Man City LIVE: Premier League result and final score as late penalty decides eight-goal thriller

Chelsea 4-4 Manchester City: Cole Palmer scored against his former team in stoppage time in a Premier League classic

Michael Jones
Sunday 12 November 2023 19:19 GMT
Chelsea getting better, back on top soon - Guardiola

Chelsea and Manchester City played out a thrilling 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge as Cole Palmer’s stoppage-time penalty against his former team denied the champions victory in a breathless contest.

Erling Haaland opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Marc Cucurella was ruled to have fouled him in the box, in a controverial decision that could have easily gone the other way.

Chelsea had made a bright start and hit back with quickfire goals, first from Thiago Silva and then Raheem Sterling as he finished off a fine move against his former club.

But the champions responded as Manuel Akanji was left unmarked to equalise before half-time, before Haaland bundled in Phil Foden’s cross 90 seconds after the restart.

City were pegged back again, however, as Nicolas Jackson slammed home a rebound and it was Chelsea who wasted the next big chance when Malo Gusto curled over.

City retook the lead when Rodri’s shot deflected off Silva’s outstretched leg and into the net, but there would be one final twist as Ruben Dias gave away a penalty in stoppage time for a foul on Armando Broja.

Up stepped former City player Palmer, who kept his nerve to equalise again and level the scores at a scarcely believable 4-4. Follow all the Premier League reaction below after a Premier League classic


Chelsea and Cole Palmer offer glimpse of exciting future in Premier League classic

A player that Manchester City let go reins them back in, in a game that took off. Cole Palmer’s fine stoppage-time penalty was quite an ending to the story of the day, crowning what was probably the match of the season so far. While Chelsea’s late 4-4 draw ensures the defending champions are only a point clear at the top, it felt like this had a significance for more than the title race. It could be a launchpad for Palmer and maybe this Chelsea side, as they finally looked like a proper Mauricio Pochettino team.

They pressed and pushed City into a pulsating 4-4 draw, Pep Guardiola’s side doing their own part with some wondrous play.

There are a lot of issues with modern football, and it felt like this whole week was dominated by talk of referees, but this game right at the end reminded why we watch. VAR was mercifully muted, not quite silent, but it would feel even more wrong to talk about it after a game like that.

Chelsea and Cole Palmer offer glimpse of exciting future in Premier League classic

Chelsea 4-4 Manchester City: Palmer’s stoppage-time penalty denied his former side in a breathless contest, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side pushed the champions at Stamford Bridge

Mike Jones12 November 2023 18:52

Chelsea vs Man City: Five things we learned from eight-goal thriller as Raheem Sterling and Cole Palmer shine

Former Manchester City academy graduate Cole Palmer returned to haunt his old club as he converted an injury-time penalty to secure a dramatic 4-4 draw for Chelsea.

The Premier League champions thought they had won it through Rodri’s goal, deflected in off the unfortunate Thiago Silva four minutes from time, but were left stunned in the dying seconds when substitute Armando Broja burst into the box and drew a foul from Ruben Dias, with Palmer dispatching his spot-kick under pressure to send home fans into raptures.

Earlier, Erling Haaland had scored twice to give City the lead, first from the penalty spot before Chelsea turned the game on its head with goals from Silva and Raheem Sterling.

Manuel Akanji headed an equaliser on the stroke of half-time before Haaland’s second made it 3-2 minutes after the restart, but still Chelsea were not done, hitting back to make it 3-3 through Nicolas Jackson.

Here are five things we learned:

Five things we learned from Chelsea and Man City’s eight-goal thriller

Chelsea 4-4 Manchester City: Cole Palmer rescued a late draw for Chelsea against his former club

Mike Jones12 November 2023 19:19

Reaction from Raheem Sterling

Chelsea forward Raheem Sterling, speaking to Sky Sports: “It was a good game, we wanted to win the game. The win we got at Tottenham, that’s the mentality we had.

“Scoring is a good feeling, but you remember it’s your old club [so you don’t celebrate]. We’ve been trying to build slowly but surely.

“There’s been some set backs. We’re making those steps. I had a great time at City. People know what I can do. It’s good to be part of it here.”

Mike Jones12 November 2023 19:15

FT Chelsea 4-4 Man City

Chelsea 4-4 Man City was the first Premier League match to see four equalising goals scored since Liverpool and Arsenal’s iconic 4-4 draw in April 2009.

Mike Jones12 November 2023 19:11

FT Chelsea 4-4 Man City

This is Pep Guardiola’s 882nd game as a manager, and the first to see his team both score and concede four goals in a single match.

Mike Jones12 November 2023 19:07

Reaction from Chelsea’s Cole Palmer

Chelsea forward Cole Palmer, spoke to Sky Sports after the match saying: “Very strange the first time I have played against City I have the upmost respect for the club I spent 15 years at and it is nice to see some friends.

“Unlucky to not get the win. I have many City fans I know but it is the game.

“Long time waiting [to take the penalty] but I felt confident and I have had a few now. Kept calm and focused. Not going to say I work on them cause I don’t, I trust on my natural ability.

“It was amazing I was excited before the game to show what I can do and we went behind a few times and bounced back.”

Mike Jones12 November 2023 19:03

Reaction from Sky Sports pundit Micah Richards

“That was exceptional.

“It was fantastic it had everything; goals, bad defending and tackles. That man Cole Palmer was outstanding today showing his worth.

“If you were a spectator you got your monies worth.”

Mike Jones12 November 2023 18:59

FT Chelsea 4-4 Man City

This is the first top-flight game between Chelsea and Manchester City to see both sides score 3+ goals since November 1960 (Chelsea 6-3 Man City).

Mike Jones12 November 2023 18:55

FT Chelsea 4-4 Man City

Erling Haaland has scored two or more goals in 36 league games since his Borussia Dortmund debut in 2020, more times than any other player in Europe’s big five leagues.

36 - Haaland

30 - Lewandowski

29 - Mbappé

20 - Benzema

19 - Kane

Mike Jones12 November 2023 18:51

FT Chelsea 4-4 Man City

Manuel Akanji has scored in each of his last three appearances for Manchester City, having scored one goal in his first 60 games for the club.

Mike Jones12 November 2023 18:47

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