Carlos Tevez played in his first game since Sept. 27 and set up Samir Nasri’s late go-ahead goal,giving Manchester City a 2-1 comeback win against Chelsea on Wednesday night that kept pressure on Premier League leader Manchester United.
Tevez entered in the 66th minute to a mixture of boos and cheers,his first appearance since he was suspended for refusing to warm up for a Champions League match at Bayern Munich. Tevez assisted on the tiebreaking goal in the 85th with a brilliant deft pass on a turn,allowing Nasri to lift a shot over goalkeeper Petr Cech.
“When he plays he knows where to put the ball,” City manager Roberto Mancini said. “Carlos did an important pass for Samir,all the fans are happy for this.”
With its club record 20th straight home league win,City (22-4-3) pulled one point behind defending champion United (22-3-4) with nine games left.
Mancini said Tevez needed time to regain full fitness.
“He has showed great spirit and today showed he can be really important until the end of the season,” Nasri said.
Gary Cahill put fifth-place Chelsea (14-8-7) ahead with a goal on a deflection in the 60th minute,and Sergio Aguero tied it with a penalty kick in the 78th after a hand ball by Michael Essien on Pablo Zabaleta’s shot.
“We are disappointed because we think we did well (enough) to get something out of this game,” Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said.
Arsenal (17-8-4) moved up to a season-high third place with a 1-0 win at Everton on Thomas Vermaelen’s eighth-minute goal.
Tottenham (16-7-6) slipped to fourth,two points behind the Gunners and five ahead of Chelsea. Rafael Vander Vaart’s goal on a header in the third minute of stoppage time gave Spurs a 1-1 tie against visiting Stoke,which had gone ahead on Cameron Jermone’s goal in the 75th.
Queens Park Rangers (6-16-7) moved two points above the relegation zone,overcoming a two-goal deficit for a 3-2 win over visiting Liverpool (11-9-9). Sebastian Coates in the 54th and Dirk Kuyt in the 72nd built a 2-0 lead,but QPR rallied on goals by Shaun Derry in the 77th,Djibril Cisse in the 86th and Jamie Mackie in the first minute of stoppage time.