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Manchester City 2 Chelsea 1

After seven Premier League draws on the trot Manchester City beat Chelsea 2-1 this afternoon at the City of Manchester Stadium to record their first league win since September.

Keeper Shay Given was the hero on the day pulling off a number of brilliant saves including Frank Lampard's late penalty which would have rescued a point for Carlo Ancelotti's side.

However, it was the Premier League leaders who took the lead on eight minutes when City failed to clear a corner. Given pulled off an excellent double save to deny both Branislav Ivanovic and Nicolas Anelka but the ball rebounded off Emmanuel Adebayor into the net for an embarrassing own goal.

While City have crumbled in recent weeks in the face of adversity yesterday they bounced back in style appearing to be buoyed by their midweek demolition of Arsenal in the Carling Cup. Adebayor went close with a header when the out of sorts Petr Cech missed a cross but Carlo Carvalho was on hand to clear off the line.

City were level on 37 minutes when Cech flapped at a corner before Shaun Wright-Phillips drove the ball back into the area before Adebayor took advantage of a ricochet off Micah Richards to fire home from a narrow angle.

Didier Drogba went close to restoring Chelsea's lead with a free-kick which flew just inches over the City goal but it was the home side that took the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half and were rewarded in the 56th minute when Carlos Tevez curled a free-kick past a wrong footed Cech.

Chelsea had two great chances to earn themselves a point if not even all three when Lampard saw his penalty saved and Drogba wasted a gilt edged opportunity at the death.

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