It started off slow and tentative, but the big match between Chelsea and Manchester City is opening up (Tune in now on NBC and online via Live Extra).
It’s 1-1 at half thanks to goals from Loic Remy and David Silva just before halftime.
There were clearly loads of nerves in play, as the game saw a very tentative start. Short-handed Chelsea was prepared to defend, and it’s something they do well. Ramires and Nemanja Matic on the pitch together was a clear statement of intention from Jose Mourinho.
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The first real chance of the match fell to Fernando in the 8th minute, but he lashed his shot from the right across the goal and wide of the net.
Courtois made a nice save on Sergio Aguero when the Argentine cut dangerously into the left of the box and ripped a shot toward goal.
Joe Hart was then called into action after Remy stripped Vincent Kompany of possession, but the English keeper comfortably corralled Chelsea’s effort.
Then came the breakthrough, and it was the hosts who went in front. Willian won a hard 50/50 challenge to keep possession in the City end, and Eden Hazard laid out to cross a ball through the six that Remy solidly side-footed home.
But Silva answered right back, sliding to redirect Aguero’s hard, low shot past Courtois in the 45th minute.
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Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy
Goal: Remy (41′)
Subs: Cech, Cahill, Christensen, Ake, Loftus-Cheek, Brown, Drogba
Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany (C), Demichelis, Clichy, Navas, Fernando, Fernandinho, Milner, Silva, Aguero
Goal: Silva (45′)
Subs: Caballero, Zabaleta, Boyata, Kolarov, Lampard, Jovetic, Dzeko