Rodri’s late equaliser won Manchester City a 1-1 draw with Chelsea, but the reigning champions fell behind in the Premier League championship race.

Raheem Sterling’s breakaway goal against his former club gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side a merited lead at the break, and Chelsea had chances to increase their lead. Erling Haaland missed a number of opportunities to equalise as City surged.

But Pep Guardiola’s squad did get one of the goals they needed, with Rodri’s left-footed attempt bouncing off Trevor Chalobah and into the net. They pushed for the win, resulting in a series of brawls in the Chelsea box, but were forced to settle for a draw in an exciting encounter.

Pochettino’s players deserved it with their efforts, and the draw propelled them back over Wolves and into the top half of the standings. The city may mourn the lost points even more. They are presently in third place, four points behind.

Jackson made up for Sterling’s goal, though. After finding space on the right, his measured cross found the former City player, who cut inside and curled the ball past Ederson into the far corner. The advantage at halftime was well-deserved.

Big wins for Liverpool and Arsenal earlier in the day focused attention on City in what seems to be a three-team title chase. Could they reply? Kevin De Bruyne curled a free kick over. Phil Foden set up Haaland for a volley, which he sliced wide.

Manchester City are now third, four points behind the Premier League leaders Liverpool, though with an outstanding match.

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