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Manchester City Held to 1-1 Draw by Chelsea

 Manchester City Held to 1-1 Draw by Chelsea

Erling Haaland of Manchester City
 Erling Haaland of Manchester City in action with Levi Colwill of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 17, 2024 in Manchester, England.(Image-Getty)

Manchester City encountered a setback in their pursuit of the title as they settled for a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at home. The match saw Raheem Sterling, facing his former club, find the net for Chelsea, only for Rodri to salvage a late equalizer for City.

Despite both teams having several opportunities to alter the scoreline, the match unfolded with a series of missed chances and defensive interventions. Erling Haaland, City's leading scorer, notably missed nine shot attempts throughout the game, reflecting the intense but ultimately futile offensive efforts from his side.

Following victories for Liverpool and Arsenal earlier in the day, Manchester City slipped to third place in the standings, trailing leaders Liverpool by four points with a game in hand.

The game began with both managers making tactical adjustments, with Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker joining City's lineup while Levi Colwill and Sterling entered for Chelsea. Haaland missed a promising opportunity to break the deadlock early on, and Chelsea capitalized on a chance just before halftime, with Sterling scoring against his former team.

The second half saw both teams pressing for goals, with City's relentless attacks finally paying off when Rodri found the net in the 83rd minute. Despite City's late surge for a winner, their appeals for a penalty were denied, forcing them to settle for a draw.

With this result, Chelsea moved back to 10th place in the standings, while City faced the reality of a more challenging title race ahead.

Key statistical highlights from the match included Manchester City's resilience in gaining points from losing positions and Sterling's impactful performance against his former club. Additionally, Rodri's goal marked a personal milestone, while Haaland's numerous attempts without scoring reflected a frustrating outing for the prolific striker.

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