Thursday 21 March 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Manchester City earned a record-breaking 20th consecutive Barclays Premier League home win after recording a dramatic comeback victory over Chelsea.
The hosts, who were looking for a vital win in the pursuit of their maiden Premier League title, went behind after Gary Cahill's deflected strike found the net on the hour mark but late goals from Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri gave City the points that left them only one point behind league leaders Manchester United.
Roberto Mancini's side were in danger of falling four points behind their local rivals with half an hour left but the introduction of Argentinean forward Carlos Tevez, who had not played since September, proved to be the catalyst for a late comeback that stretched their astonishing home record.
Aguero, who scored 23 league goals in a superb debut season in England, equalised from the penalty spot after Michael Essien handled Pablo Zabaleta's powerful shot. With five minutes of normal time remaining, French playmaker Nasri dinked in the winner after a brilliant reverse pass from Tevez on the edge of the area to seal the points.
City became the first side to win 20 consecutive home matches since the inception of the Premier League but their record came to an end in an entertaining 3-3 draw against Sunderland on 31 March.
Mancini's team became the fourth side in top-flight history to achieve the feat, along with Liverpool, Newcastle United and Preston North End.