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Summary

  1. Aguero and Fernadinho sent off late on - tackle sparks scuffle with multiple players
  2. Willian and Hazard score on the break as Blues fight back
  3. Costa drilled in the equaliser from Fabregas assist
  4. De Bruyne missed open goal from three yards shortly before Chelsea leveller
  5. Cahill diverted Navas cross into his own net for the opener

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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Right then, time to scarper after that humdinger. We hoped it would be an early Christmas cracker - and so it proved to be.

The action keeps on coming. Five other Premier League goals now are under way, so go and follow those here. Cheerio!

They have to stay strong - Willian

Chelsea attacker Willian, speaking to BBC Sport: "Diego Costa laid on a great pass for my goal. Playing with him is great. 

Speaking about his celebration in tribute to those members of Brazilian football team Chapecoense who died in a plane crash: "To do this for the people in Brazil is great. I wanted to dedicate my goal to the victims and their families. They have to stay strong."

'Best game of the season'

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Jason Roberts

Former West Brom striker on Final Score

Chelsea were incredible. They went behind but they kept their heads. I think Pep got it wrong and I think Conte got everything right. 

The performances from Willian, from Costa, from Fabregas, who came on and showed he has that bit of guile. This is the best game I've seen this season.

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

I don't expect Pep Guardiola to be buzzing after losing at home to your title rivals, but he is a sulky so-and-so.

"We made everything, I'm proud of the players. We created enough chances to win the game," he says .  

Then he stares down MOTD interviewer Guy Mowbray in silence for a good four seconds when he is asked whether he will talk to his players about their part in that ugly injury-time ruckus. And he doesn't really answer.

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Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Pep Guardiola, it is fair to say, cannot understand our referees. And he seems bemused when asked about why David Luiz wasn't penalised in the first half for barging Sergio Aguero over.

"I was asked to come and train here and it is a pleasure to be in this country. But I just don't understand the processes," he says, rather diplomatically.

But he gets in all wrong on THAT Aguero tackle which sparked the injury-time melee.

"Both players were strong there - that's all," he says.

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: "Congratulations to Chelsea - they won. We played really good, had a lot of control and created chances. But the ball in the box was not strong enough.

"Chelsea's approach was really different but that is part of the game. You don't expect Chelsea to create 25 chances. They created three and scored three."

I saw lots of character - Conte

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, speaking to Sky Sports: "I think today was very tough and the game was open until the end. There were lots of chances for both teams to score.

"I saw lots of character from my team and that's very important to grow. But we must continue to work and improve."

On Cesc Fabregas's first appearance since September: "He played a good game - I know I can always count on him."

Speaking about Diego Costa's role as peace keeper at the end of the game: "Diego is showing he is using his passion in the right way and I'm very happy about that."

Conte celebrates the win
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We should have won 3-1 - Stones

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John Stones is the unfortunate Manchester City player nominated to face the Sky Sports camera. All credit to him for facing up. I'd have sneaked out of the fire door. 

"There is quite a sour feeling running through everyone's mind," says the England defender. "It is a difficult one to take in the end.

"The scoreline didn't reflect the way we played. In my opinion we should have won 3-1. But that's football.

"From how we played there are positives to take, playing our from the back, creating chances.

"If we had taken them chances at the start of second half it would have been a different story. It is a strange feeling for everyone."

"Chelsea were clinical."

'City had enough chances'

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Chris Waddle

Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

City got themselves in good positions and carved out some really, really good chances. Was it bad finishing or good goalkeeping? 

Frankly, City had enough chances today but it was Chelsea who were clinical.

Just remember, Chelsea were a goal down. They fought back into the game, kept to their plan, kept working, defended in numbers and exploited the fact that they have players with pace. 

But it's worth making the point that City could have been three up before half-time...

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Pep's magic dust has been totally blown away by Manchester's autumnal wind, hasn't it?!

No home Premier League win for the Blues now since 17 September.

Man City's Manager looks thoughtful after the game
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We showed our power - Luiz

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Chelsea defender David Luiz, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was a great game. That's what you expect in the Premier League. 

"We showed our power, it also shows our character that we didn't lose our heads."

Speaking about Sergio Aguero's challenge on him that caused the brawl at the end of the game: "I don't like to speak about these type of things. Aguero is an amazing player who does a lot for football.

"I want to dedicate this win to the people who died in Brazil. It was difficult to get my head together as I had some friends there. We just need to pray for the victim's families."

Luiz holds black armband above his head
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'Chelsea now favourites to win the Premier League'

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Alex Scott

Arsenal Ladies & England right-back on Final Score

A huge statement from Man City. To come from behind and put in the performance they did, they must now be favourites to win the Premier League. And I think both Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa's performances were crucial for their side. 

But it's the same old story with City - they just cannot keep clean sheets against the bigger teams in the league.

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Chelsea goalscorer Diego Costa, speaking to Sky Sports: "We are working very well tactically, everyone know what we have got to do."

"Man City had opportunities to score second goal but they missed and when we scored we had more confidence then had opportunity to score and we did. It was a great game."

On his improved discipline: "I want to be on the pitch and I want to be cool."

Diego Costa celebrates
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It shows another side to us - Cahill

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, who was understandably happy with the win, tells Sky Sports: "We gave everything on the pitch. It was a test for us. It shows another side to our football. That's eight wins now, which we can build on."

Gary Cahill applauds the fans
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'December is going to be tough for Man City'

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Chris Waddle

Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

Chelsea were clinical and look so well-drilled and fresh. City lost their discipline at the end, which will disappoint Pep Guardiola. And now Sergio Aguero will be banned - that will be massive. 

December is now going to be tough for Manchester City.

Four-match ban for Aguero

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Brace yourself for a Christmas without your loved one, City fans...

That will be a 4-game ban for Aguero due to previous ban. Misses Arsenal but back for Liverpool on 31 Dec.

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Saqueeb Rajan: When you score 4 goals at the Etihad you deserve to win!

Javel Bleach: I said it weeks ago when Man City were top of the PL having beaten only relegation fodder + Man Utd, they're not all that.

Khan Karn: Anthony Taylor ruined this game. If he got calls right that ending does not happen. Fernandinho also disgraceful. Credit Fabregas.

Red mist

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Not often you see a side go down to nine men in the Premier League. And it has not happened to Manchester City since November 2008 against Spurs. Only the third time in their Premier League history.

City and Chelsea players
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Man City 1-3 Chelsea

2009 - This is the 1st time that Man City have lost a home league game that they were leading in since April 2009 v Fulham (1-3). Turnaround

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

How long will that see out Sergio Aguero for? A three-match ban is standard for violent conduct, but the prospect of a longer ban looms. Why? Because he was retrospectively banned for elbowing Winston Reid back in September remember.

Big blow for City over the Christmas period.

'It was frustration from Aguero'

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Chris Waddle

Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

A bad challenge from Sergio Aguero on David Luiz. He overran the ball and it was frustration, we could all see that. He ended up tackling Luiz around the knees.

Aguero gets a red card from the referee
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Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Both managers have marched onto the playing surface as boos rain down from this City fans who have stuck it out until the bitter end.

Pep Guardiola goes for the comforting arm around his players, Antonio Conte favouring the bone-crunching bear hugs.

Pep Guardiola on the pitch after the game
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Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Cordial handshakes between Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte. The 'pleasantries' a little more terse between the two sets of players.

FULL-TIME

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Phew! What a start to the Premier League weekend. Chelsea are unbeaten in eight, they stay top of the pile. What a statement!

RED CARDS

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Manchester City have lots the plot here, big time.

Sergio Aguero goes for the initial challenge on David Luiz. Down to 10 men.

Then, after the scuffle, Fernandinho goes for pushing Cesc Fabregas over an advertising hording. Down to nine men.

Aguero shown the red card
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Ooof! All kicking off. 

Don't see this very often at Premier League these days. A 22-man brawl involving the two benches and some of the home fans.

All sparked by a disgusting tackle from Sergio Aguero on David Luiz. Bedlam.

City and Chelsea players come together
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SUBSTITUTION

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Standing ovation for Eden Hazard from the jubilant away end. Michy Batshuayi comes on for the encore.

INJURY TIME

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Deep into six minutes of injury time. The home fans have legged it for the Metrolink. The away fans are stretching their vocal chords.

'Chelsea have deserved this win'

Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Chris Waddle

Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

Again, the Chelsea counter-attack! Doesn't Hazard have superb pace? City mess things up near the halfway line and the visitors are away. Hazard gives Bravo the eyes and it's a great finish. 

Chelsea have been organised, disciplined and have always carried a threat. They have made all afternoon awkward for City, who had a few chances of their own. Overall, Chelsea have deserved this win.

Chelsea players celebrate
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Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Pandemonium in the Chelsea technical area. Antonio Conte celebrates like a road sweeper who has just found out he has won the EuroMillions.

Chelsea Manager celebrates
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GOAL - Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Eden Hazard

Game over. Stunning counter attack from Chelsea all but wins a stonker of a match.

Marcos Alonso pings the ball forwards, Eden Hazard picks it up, beats Aleksander Kolarov for pace, then drills inside Claudio Bravo's near post.   

Hazard celebration
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Man City 1-2 Chelsea

Pass, pass, pass. Man City are trying to remain patiently, picking at the Chelsea lock. No breakthrough yet...

'City are showing no composure'

Man City 1-2 Chelsea

Chris Waddle

Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

City are getting anxious now, running out of time. Their football has no composure as Chelsea continue to run the clock down...

Man City 1-2 Chelsea

Wild. Man City substitute Kelechi Iheanacho blazes high and wide from about 20 yards. Pep groans. 

Pep Guardiola
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City win another corner. The penalty area more packed than the Hacienda dancefloor in 1989...

Chelsea substitute Nathanial Chalobah heads out the danger.

Man City 1-2 Chelsea

Eden Hazard is Chelsea's centre forward now. He chases Gael Clichy down, forcing him back to Claudio Bravo.

City build from the back...

Man City 1-2 Chelsea

Man City have a corner, everyone bar Claudio Bravo in the Chelsea box. Kelechi Iheanacho heads wide.

Iheanacho heads wide
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SUBSTITUTION

Man City 1-2 Chelsea

Whether Diego Costa has a knock or not, it matters little. The man who sparked Chelsea's comeback is going off. On comes midfielder Nathanial Chalobah.

Shop being shut up.

Man City 1-2 Chelsea

Diego Costa goes down for a few moments. He could be injured. He could be wasting valuable seconds. Or maybe both...