Soccer-Jesus goal earns Manchester City win over Chelsea


Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea v Manchester City - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - September 25, 2021 Manchester City's Joao Cancelo celebrates with Rodri after the match Reuters/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - An early second-half goal from Gabriel Jesus with Manchester City's first shot on target earned the Premier League champions a 1-0 win over joint league leaders Chelsea on Saturday.

Jesus pushed the ball home with a deflection off Jorginho after a goalmouth melee in the 53rd minute following City's 10th corner of the game. The goal sparked the match into life, forcing Chelsea to attack, after a first half of intense pressure from City and attritional defending from the home side.

It was a deserved win for the visitors who pressed Chelsea from the outset and enjoyed 60% possession with Kevin de Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden buzzing round Chelsea's area.

The victory also broke a three-match losing streak for City against Chelsea, the most recent in the Champions League final in Porto in May.

(Reporting by Clare Lovell, editing by Ed Osmond)

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