2015-16 Barclays Premier League

Full-time: Chelsea 0-3 Manchester City

  • Sergio Aguero netted a hat-trick as Champions League semi-finalists City went above Arsenal into third and reinstated their four-point buffer over rivals Manchester United
  • Thibaut Courtois was sent off 12 minutes from time for a rash foul on Fernandinho
  • Manuel Pellegrini's side lost Samir Nasri due to injury in the second half
  • Kevin de Bruyne impressed with a confident showing on his first return to Stamford Bridge since leaving for Wolfsburg in January 2014
Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero\'s first-half shot was deflected past Thibaut Courtois by Gary Cahill AFP

That is all from IBTimes UK for now, but stay tuned for post-match reaction from both Pellegrini and Hiddink.

We will be back tomorrow afternoon to bring you live coverage of leaders Leicester as they seek to extend their advantage over Spurs by 10 points before Monday night. Bournemouth vs Liverpool and Arsenal's match against Crystal Palace are also on the agenda.

Until then, goodnight.


City travel to Newcastle on Tuesday and host Stoke next weekend before entertaining Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Chelsea, meanwhile, visit Bournemouth ahead of a home clash with London rivals and title contenders Tottenham.


For the second time in the Premier League this season, City ease past Chelsea 3-0. Aguero keeps up his excellent scoring record against last season's champions with a brilliant hat-trick, although De Bruyne was also instrumental on his first return to Stamford Bridge. Nasri is not eligible for Champions League competition, of course, but Pellegrini will still hope that injury is not too serious.

That is the first home league defeat suffered by Hiddink in two spells as interim manager and a humbling afternoon was rather summed up by Courtois' second-half red card. The Belgian goalkeeper has been well below his best in 2015-16 and risks being usurped by Begovic.



Chelsea 0-3 Manchester City


Baba Rahman weaves his way down the left and produces an enticing low cross into the six-yard box, but Costa and co are nowhere to be seen and Kolarov can clear.


Costa takes advantage of a bit of space on the edge of the box to force Hart into a diving save. Kenedy looks to miscontrol the rebound but he is flagged for offside.

Four minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official. Plenty of empty blues seats around Stamford Bridge now.


Adoring cries of "Sergio" ring out from the jubilant travelling supporters as the magnificent Aguero is withdrawn. Kelechi Iheanacho will feature for the final five minutes.


No hope for Chelsea now as Fabregas tries his luck with a long-range shot that is comfortably held by Hart. De Bruyne then fires over at the opposite end.


A forgettable afternoon for Chelsea gets worse as Courtois, who was sent off on the opening day of the season against Swansea for a similar challenge on Bafetimbi Gomis, rushes out to fell the advancing Fernandinho and is promptly dismissed for the second time this season.

Aguero is forced to wait to take the penalty as Begovic comes on in place of Mikel, but he keeps his composure to find the bottom corner for his hat-trick.


Goal: Chelsea 0-3 Manchester City (Sergio Aguero)


Red card: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)


Concern for Nasri now as he goes down injured and requires treatment from the City physios. He will not be able to carry on and heads straight down the tunnel after being replaced by Fabian Delph.

Hopefully that's not too serious for the man who has already missed seven months of action this season due to a nasty thigh muscle injury that required over 100 stitches.


Risky defending from De Bruyne as he goes to ground to try and stop Kenedy. The versatile Brazilian hits the deck in search of a penalty, but Dean is not interested.


The combative Mikel buzzes around in midfield trying to dispossess both De Bruyne and Nasri, but ends up being harshly booked for a rather tame foul on the latter.

Mystifying as to how that merits a caution, but Zabaleta's foul on Pedro did not.


Hiddink makes a double change with 20 minutes left to play. Kenedy and Traore come on for Pedro and Willian.


Mangala clears Willian's cross from the right wing. Chelsea get a second bite of the cherry, but miscommunication between Loftus-Cheek and Azpilicueta results in the ball rolling harmlessly out of play.


Having avoided a dismissal by the skin of his teeth just moments ago, Zabaleta is swiftly replaced by Sagna. He's clearly not happy about it, but that is sensible management from Pellegrini.


Aguero turns provider for Nasri, but again Courtois is able to make the save. Zabaleta is somewhat fortunate to avoid a second yellow card for a cynical foul on Pedro.


Azpilicueta joins Zabaleta and Otamendi in the book for deliberately blocking Navas' lofted pass with his hand. Toure's subsequent free-kick is hammered straight into the wall and Chelsea clear.


After soaking up a fair amount of pressure, City double their lead with another lethal counter. De Bruyne is the architect again, going past Azpilicueta with poise and pace before feeding Nasri.

With Navas arriving swiftly on the overlap, the French midfielder instead threads a through ball for Aguero, who times his run to perfection and slots coolly beyond Courtois.


Goal: Chelsea 0-2 Manchester City (Sergio Aguero)


Chelsea are dominating possession in the early stages of this second half. No real chances to show for it as of yet, however.


The second half is off and running. A couple of early sighters from Loftus-Cheek, the latter of which is blazed over after good work to evade the attentions of Fernandinho.