Cole Palmer denies former club Man City win over Chelsea with stoppage-time penalty in eight-goal thriller
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Cole Palmer denies former club Man City win over Chelsea with stoppage-time penalty in eight-goal thriller

Nov 14, 2023

Cole Palmer scored a stoppage-time penalty for Chelsea against his former club Manchester City in a thrilling 4-4 encounter at Stamford Bridge.

In a game that constantly ebbed and flowed, the visitors scoring first via Erling Haaland before a Blues resurgence edged them in front.

Palmer made it 4-4 in the dying moments in a Premier League classic

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Palmer made it 4-4 in the dying moments in a Premier League classicCredit: Getty

Goals from Thiago Silva and Raheem Sterling were cancelled out by a Manuel Akanji header in the first half before Haaland scored his second early in the second.

Chelsea drew level again thanks to Nicolas Jackson and Rodri thought he netted a late winner, but it was Palmer who stole the headlines.

The England Under-21 star, who joined the Blues from City in the summer, scored a stoppage-time penalty to make it 4-4.

He is in fine form for Chelsea and proved key for them once again in what was one of the best Premier League games of the season so far.

Haaland was once again on the scoresheet but it wasn't enough for City

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Haaland was once again on the scoresheet but it wasn’t enough for CityCredit: Getty
A poor tackle from Dias cost his side the game after his late strike

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A poor tackle from Dias cost his side the game after his late strikeCredit: Getty
Palmer continued his excellent start to life at Chelsea with another key goal

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Palmer continued his excellent start to life at Chelsea with another key goalCredit: Getty

City haven’t been shy to sell players to Premier League rivals and Pep Guardiola admitted he wouldn’t stand in the way of such moves.

But Palmer could prove to be a sale that the reigning champions go on to regret, much to the delight of his new club Chelsea.

A win for the visitors would have taken them three points clear at the top of the table but their inability to do so was their own fault.

Haaland, who was contentiously adjudged to have been fouled by Marc Cucurella, scored the subsequent penalty for the opener.

Silva headed in for Chelsea’s equaliser before Sterling scored in front of the City end to guide the hosts in front before Akanji’s header.

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Guardiola’s side took the lead for the second time when Haaland bundled the ball over the line, but Jackson made it level again.

As stoppage-time approached, Rodri saw his shot deflect off the foot of Silva into the back of the net for what he would have thought was a late winner.

But Ruben Dias had undone City’s work by wiping out Armando Broja for the penalty, with Palmer making no mistake from the spot.

The point is huge for Chelsea, with performances certainly showing signs of improvement given earlier season shortcomings.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side appear to favour matches against strong opposition and this was apparent to see in a rainy west London.


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