Premier league leaders Chelsea suffered a serious 2-4 defeat against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. Third placed Arsenal has put some extra pressure on the Blues by winning 3-1 against Stoke.
AFP - Wayne Bridge got his revenge on John Terry as Manchester City dented nine-man Chelsea's title challenge with a stunning 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
After snubbing Terry's offer of a handshake during the pre-match greeting between the teams, Bridge -- who this week quit England duty as a result of Terry's alleged affair with his ex-girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel -- played his part as City handed Chelsea their first home defeat in 38 games since Arsenal won at the Bridge in November 2008.
Frank Lampard put the Premier League leaders ahead in the 42nd minute but Carlos Tevez equalised in first half stoppage-time following mistakes from Terry and goalkeeper Hilario.
Craig Bellamy struck for the visitors in the 51st minute with a shot from a tight angle that Hilario should have saved.
Tevez scored his second from the penalty spot after Juliano Belletti was sent off for fouling Gareth Barry in the 76th minute, then Michael Ballack was dismissed in the closing stages.
Bellamy rubbed salt into Chelsea's wounds with the fourth in the 87th minute before Lampard's 90th-minute penalty reduced the deficit.
Chelsea remain just one point ahead of Manchester United, while City go above Tottenham into fourth place.
City manager Roberto Mancini said: "Wayne Bridge has been playing well and this team has a fantastic spirit and for this reason we won this game."
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti added: "It was not a good day. The only good thing is that we still have one point more than Manchester United.
"We have more chance to win the title than either them or Arsenal because that is what the table says."
Beleaguered Portsmouth finally had something to celebrate as the Premier League's bottom club claimed a 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Burnley at Turf Moor.
Avram Grant's team are set to be hit with a nine-point penalty after becoming the first Premier League club to go into administration on Friday, meaning this result is unlikely to save them from relegation.
But Pompey haven't thrown the towel in yet. They took the lead in the 25th minute when Frederic Piquionne slotted home Danny Webber's pass.
The hosts were level six minutes later as Martin Paterson produced a sublime chip over Portsmouth goalkeeper David James.
Jamie O'Hara had a chance to restore Portsmouth's lead when Clarke Carlisle gave away a second-half penalty by fouling Piquionne, but Brian Jensen saved the midfielder's spot-kick.
However, Carlisle conceded another penalty in the 76th minute with a foul on John Utaka and Hassan Yebda made him pay with a cool finish.
Portsmouth's Ricardo Rocha was sent off in stoppage time but Burnley have now lost seven of their last eight games.
Bolton moved out of the relegation zone after Zat Knight's first goal for the club sealed a 1-0 victory against Wolves at the Reebok Stadium.
Owen Coyle's side scored for the first time in six matches when South Korea midfielder Lee Chung-Yong's 45th-minute cross was finished off by former Aston Villa defender Knight.
Birmingham's bid for a Europa League place was boosted with a 1-0 win over relegation-threatened Wigan at St Andrew's.
Alex McLeish's team went in front in first half stoppage-time when Scotland forward James McFadden struck from the penalty spot after referee Anthony Taylor ruled Mario Melchiot had tripped Keith Fahey.
"We'll play better than that. But I would have bitten your hand off for 40 points at this stage of the season," McLeish said.
Date created : 2010-02-28