Premier League: Chelsea, City play out thrilling 4-4 draw

Chelsea and Manchester City finished 4-4, after Cole Palmer’s stoppage-time penalty. This was the first Premier League match to feature four equalising goals. The last was the iconic 4-4 draw between Liverpool and Arsenal back in 2009.

City took the lead in the 25th minute, with Erling Haaland converting a penalty after a foul against him. However, Thiago Silva headed in Conor Gallagher’s corner just four minutes later to level the score.

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In the 37th minute, Chelsea moved ahead through Raheem Sterling. The winger tapped in from Reece James’ cross, marking his first goal against his former club.

Robert Sanchez saved a shot by Haaland. But Manuel Akanji leveled the score in first-half stoppage time. The second half began with a fifth goal after Haaland bundled in at the far post.

Chelsea once again fought back, and Ederson could only parry Gallagher’s long-range strike into the path of Nicolas Jackson, who slotted past the Brazilian to make it 3-3 with 20 minutes remaining.

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The match continued to deliver chances at both ends, with Malo Gusto missing a golden opportunity to put Chelsea ahead, curling his shot over the crossbar.

City reclaimed the lead in the 86th minute through Rodri. His strike from just outside the penalty area deflected off Thiago Silva before finding the net.

However, in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Chelsea was awarded a penalty for a foul on substitute Armando Broja by Ruben Dias. Palmer confidently stepped up, converting his spot-kick beyond Ederson, bringing a fitting conclusion to an exhilarating contest.

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This match was also only the fifth in Premier League history to see four equalizing goals. The others were Everton v Leeds in October 1999, Charlton v West Ham in November 2001, Spurs v Reading in December 2007, and Liverpool v Arsenal in April 2009.

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