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Clinical Chelsea end City's long unbeaten run

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LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea inflicted the first Premier League defeat of the season on champions Manchester City as goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz earned the Londoners an unlikely 2-0 victory on Saturday.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri acknowledged his side had been lucky not to concede in the first half before improving after the break when Hazard, playing in the number nine role, helped Chelsea take the game to City He urged Chelsea, who lost 2-1 to mid-table Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday, to show the same intensity against less illustrious opponents.

Chelsea, who had lost two of their previous three Premier League games, were dominated by high-flying City until the 44th minute when Luiz beat the visitors’ high-pressure tactics with a pinpoint 50-metre pass over the midfield to Pedro.

They beat us in one counter-attack and one set-piece.” Chelsea climbed to third on goal difference with Tottenham Hotspur set to play Leicester City later on Saturday.

With the home fans increasingly sensing an upset win, Luiz headed home Chelsea’s second in the 78th minute from a corner by Hazard, the ball looping in off his rain-soaked mop of hair and sealing City’s first league defeat since April.

The goal gave out-of-form Chelsea — also playing without either of their established centre-forwards - a jolt of confidence for the second half.

The ball fell to Hazard who rolled a pass into the path of Kante to thump it past Ederson.
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