The Citizens got off to a promising start and controlled possession for large periods of the first half. Despite this it was Fernando Torres who opened the scoring.
The Euro 2012 Golden Boot winner looked lively throughout the encounter at Villa Park and was quick to pounce on a delivery from Ramires following a poor Vincent Kompany clearance.
Moments later Torres was causing problems again, this time beating Stefan Savic for pace before the two came together. Referee Kevin Friend deemed to coming together to be a foul on Torres’ part, but replays suggest that Savic was obstructing the ball.
Had the referee interpreted things differently, Savic might have picked up a second yellow.
In an ironic twist Chelsea found themselves reduced to 10 men in the following Manchester City attack. A two footed tackle from Branislav Ivanovic was deemed to be reckless by the referee and the Serbian was given his marching orders.
The remaining six minutes became increasingly heated but Chelsea held onto their lead until half time.
Di Matteo’s men started the second half in promising fashion. Instead of parking the proverbial bus on the goal line they continued to attack the Manchester City goal with Fernando Torres proving himself to be a persistent nuisance.
After 56 minutes however City equalised. A poor clearance from John Terry found the feet of Yaya Toure who calmly dispatched the ball past Petr Cech from range.
Shortly after Tevez joined the party. The marauding Argentine crusaded past Terry and David Luiz before launching a piledriver past Petr Cech.
2-1 to Manchester City and they continued the onslaught. Aleksandar Kolarov effortlessly took the ball past Ramires to give Samir Nasri the easiest of finishes.
Substitutes Daniel Sturridge and Ryan Bertrand added a new attacking dimension to Chelsea’s game. A Sturridge shot from range was spilled by Costel Pantillimon. Ryan Bertrand was lighting fast to the rebound and buried the ball into the net.
Unfortunately, for Chelsea, the goal was too little too late and Manchester City held on to claim their first silverware of the season.
A fantastic encounter overall that bodes well for the upcoming Premier League season.
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