Premier League LIVE: De Bruyne fires City ahead against Chelsea

Welcome to 90min‘s live coverage of all the Premier League action on Saturday.

The action got off with a real bang, with Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea travelling to the Etihad Stadium to face runaway leaders Manchester City in what is already being billed as a potential title decider.


The 3pm (GMT)-kick-offs will see Newcastle host Watford, Norwich battle Everton and Wolves face Southampton, before the action comes to a close with Manchester United’s trip to Aston Villa at 5:30.

Follow all the key bits of action from the games below.


It’s over! De Bruyne’s wonder-strike has proven to be the match winner, and Man City go 13 points clear at the top of the table.

We’ll have a match report and ratings in for you soon…

85 mins – MAN CITY SUBS

De Bruyne receives a standing ovation as he’s replaced by Ilkay Gundogan, while Gabriel Jesus is on for Foden.

84 mins – CHANCE!

Chelsea are the ones needing a goal but Man City are the ones going closest, with Foden the latest to lash over for the hosts.

80 mins – CHELSEA SUB

Mason Mount replaces Alonso as Tuchel uses his final change. Can the boyhood Blue help find a way through?

70 mins – GOAL!

That substitution hasn’t worked for Chelsea. What a strike from De Bruyne!

De Bruyne steps up from over 20 yards and curls a gorgeous strike into Kepa’s bottom corner. No chance for the goalkeeper!

69 mins – CHELSEA SUBS

Hudson-Odoi and Werner get their chances up top, with Pulisic and Ziyech withdrawn.

68 mins – CHANCE!

At the other end, Sterling gets an inch of space past Sarr and strikes at goal, but he drags it wide of the far post.

67 mins – CORNER!

It’s Chelsea’s turn for an underwhelming corner now. Lukaku attacks it but can’t get near it and City eventually clear.

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa started well / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

62 mins – FREE-KICK SAVED!

Grealish draws a foul from Azpilicueta in what can only be described as ‘De Bruyne territory’.

The Belgian whips his effort over the wall, but Kepa gets across well and pushes it behind for the 1,000th corner of the game.

59 mins – WASTED AGAIN

Chelsea get back on the ball and do some good work in midfield, only for Kovacic to wildly overhit his pass forwards to Lukaku.

57 mins – CLOSE!

Some shocking defending sees Chelsea give City another corner. Azpilicueta meets it at the near post and comes close to heading into his own net.

Azpilicueta does a better job with the next corner and Chelsea catch their breath.

55 mins – NO PENALTY!

Sterling goes down in the box and calls for a penalty following a clumsy challenge from Alonso, but the assistant raises his flag to pull the move back for an offside from Walker.

53 mins – FREE-KICK

Silva and De Bruyne spend a minute discussing a free-kick, but the latter’s lofted cross drops straight into Kepa’s gloves.


A big save from Ederson / OLI SCARFF/GettyImages

52 mins – CHANCE!

And just like that, City come again. Grealish gets down the left and send in another cut-back, but it goes all the way through without a touch.


We’ve had four minutes of the second half and Chelsea already look better.

It’s Alonso this time who skies his strike, but Chelsea are showing some intent and willingness to take the game to City.

47 mins – CHANCE!

Lukaku! He’s alive!

The Belgian gets through on goal and tries to bend his strike around Ederson, but the City goalkeeper denies it well.

The rebound falls to Ziyech, who balloons his strike over the bar.

47 mins – PENALTY SHOUT!

Sterling tumbles down in the box under pressure from Alonso, but a quick VAR check confirms nothing doing.

Here go Chelsea down the other end…


City get the action going again. Can they find the breakthrough?

No changes from either manager.


Here’s that nice save from Kepa. The biggest moment of the first 45.


Lukaku has had just nine touches of the ball so far. That tells the story. Wouldn’t be surprised if Tuchel makes a change to his attacking line at the break. Something isn’t working.

HT – A one-sided affair so far

This has been ugly from a Chelsea perspective. The Blues are defending well but Tuchel is understandably livid at what he has seen going forwards. Lukaku has been crying out for the ball but they keep going backwards.

City have been brilliant, as per. They’re penning Chelsea in with a fierce press and probably should be ahead here, although Rudiger and Sarr have done well to keep City at bay so far.

Grealish should have scored with his chance, but apart from that, there hasn’t been too many moments of magic.

45 mins – HALF-TIME

And that’s your lot for now!


We’ve got one minute of added time here.

43 mins – CHANCE!

De Bruyne gets the ball at a tight angle but he can’t get his left-footed strike on goal, blazing it over the bar instead.


Chelsea get a rare moment of possession in the City third, but there’s no creativity and they have to turn backwards, eventually giving the ball away.

Here come City…

Phil Foden, Christian Pulisic

Foden is causing problems / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

39 mins – CHANCE!

The first big chance of the game goes to City. Grealish gets through on goal after a mistake from Kovacic, but the £100m man can’t bend the ball around Kepa, who pulls off a brilliant save to give away a corner.

The corner comes to nothing. Again.

37 mins – CLEAR!

Another City corner comes in and straight against Azpilicueta, who gives up a throw-in instead.

Pep Guardiola

Pep can’t believe City aren’t ahead / OLI SCARFF/GettyImages

35 mins – CHANCE!

City’s press is relentless and they find their way through Chelsea’s backline through Foden, whose mazy run results in a gorgeous low cross… but nobody in City blue is anywhere near and Alonso eases the pressure by winning a foul against Sterling.

33 mins – CLEAR!

City’s free-kick turns into a corner, but Chelsea deal with it well again. This time, it’s Rudiger rising highest to clear.

31 mins – YELLOW CARD!

Next in the book is Kovacic, whose late challenge on the advancing Silva is rightly punished with a yellow.


Tuchel is screaming at his defence to get further forwards when they clear the ball. At the minute, they’re just inviting pressure.

28 mins – WASTE!

Pulisic finds some space down the right and drives towards the byline, but he takes too many touches and allows City to retreat. He plays a one-two with Azpilicueta but is offside on the return.

Jack Grealish, Antonio Ruediger

City are looking dangerous / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

25 mins – BLOCK!

Rodri’s cross isn’t dealt with by Azpilcueta and the ball ends up on the left with Cancelo, who fires a low cross into the feet of Rudiger to clear.


Now it’s Chelsea’s turn to come forwards. Ziyech gets some space down the left and fizzes in a low cross towards Lukaku, but City’s defenders deal with it well.

17 mins – CHALLENGE!

Alonso has been struggling with Sterling, but Sarr makes no mistake. He crunches the City winger in the box with a perfect challenge and gives away a corner, which City waste.

14 mins – SAVE!

City get a corner on their left and it’s Stones who rises highest to meet it, but he can only send his effort straight at Kepa, who clutches the ball gratefully.

14 mins – CLEARED!

Cancelo finds De Bruyne with an excellent pass down City’s left, but the Belgian’s cut-back only finds the retreating Alonso, who thumps the ball clear.

12 mins – CHANCE!

Chelsea get in behind City’s defend through Lukaku, but he makes one pass too many towards the offside Hakim Ziyech and stops the move dead.

Malang Sarr, Raheem Sterling

Sarr is helping out Alonso / Michael Regan/GettyImages


De Bruyne’s free-kick comes into the box but Sarr deals with it well.

8 mins – YELLOW CARD!

Alonso gets the game’s first caution after dragging down Sterling out on the wing.


Chelsea clear the corner with ease, but City are coming straight back at them.

4 mins – NERVY KEPA!

A nervy moment for Kepa. Laporte’s long ball over the top drops just behind Chelsea’s defence, and the onrushing Kepa pings his clearance right off Azpilicueta and behind for a corner.

1 min – UNDERWAY!

Off and running at the Etihad – victory for City will surely end Chelsea’s faint hopes of winning the title.

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