Manchester City gave us quite the game on Sunday evening when they met Chelsea in a 90-minute goal-thriller spectacular, which ended in a 4-4 draw.
25 minutes into the game, it was no other than Erling Haaland who put Man City up a goal from the penalty spot. But not too long after, Thiago Silva leveled the scoreline for Chelsea, and less than 10 minutes later, it was Raheem Sterling who turned the game around as it was now Chelsea in front.
Right before half-time, Manuel Akanji equalised for Man City, and therefore, both sides returned to the game with a 2-2 score.
The second half got off to the perfect for the Cityzens as Haaland got himself a brace in a rather messy goal, but still, a goal that put City in front again. For the next 20 minutes or so, City were leading Chelsea 3 goals to two, but Jackson found the back of the net to make it 3-3.
One of Man City’s regular heroes, Rodri, tried his chance at getting a goal, and that he did, City’s fourth goal of the evening.
In the 90th minute, Chelsea were awarded a penalty, and what a moment it was when ex-City player Cole Palmer who rose up to the challenge and completed it. 4-4 was the end of this incredibly fascinating fixture.
While Man City did lose out on two points here, they still go into the international break as league leaders.
Double-goal-scorer Erling Haaland expressed his thoughts on the frustrating draw, ” It was a tough game. I enjoyed it, normally when you score four goals you might win but we didn’t. We had the chance to seal the game, but we didn’t. It’s something we’ll have to work on; next time, we’ll have to score five goals!”
“I feel good to have scored but a bit disappointed not to win. One point is better than zero. We know Chelsea are a good team, so we prepared to play them, and we did do our best. We didn’t play bad, we made mistakes, but that’s football.”
Putting aside the draw, Erling commented on the successful start of the new season for the club, ” We’ve been doing really good; we’re at the top of the league and already through in the Champions League. It’s been a good couple of months – better than last season, to be honest. It’s been good!”
City’s other goalscorer on Sunday, who brought back level in the first half, Akanji, spoke about the disappointment that they couldn’t secure a win and said that he wasn’t happy with just a point, “Especially when we have the lead three times in a game- it was wild one. We couldn’t pull it off, but the good thing is we are still top of the table.”
“It was a wide game, back and forth; maybe we should have done better in some situations. It was a game with a lot of transition – for us and them. We will analyse it and hopefully do better in the next game against Liverpool. It was a wild game.”