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City stay second as Benítez's Chelsea earn point

Sunday 25 November 2012 19.04 CET
Fernando Torres failed to find the net for Chelsea against Manchester City

Manchester City FC were unable to return to the Premier League summit after being held to a 0-0 draw at Chelsea FC, who had Rafael Benítez on the bench for the first time.

Manchester United FC's 3-1 win against Queens Park Rangers FC on Saturday meant that the Red Devils displaced City at the top, and Roberto Mancini's side could only close within a point of their neighbours as they failed to break down the Blues at Stamford Bridge. Fernando Torres blasted over from inside the area for the home side, while Petr Čech kept out Matija Nastasić's late header to leave Benítez's new side in fourth.

Tottenham Hotspur FC ended a run of three consecutive league defeats as a pair of Jermain Defoe goals helped them to a 3-1 victory against West Ham United FC. Gareth Bale slotted in the other Spurs goal to move André Villas-Boas' side up to seventh, a place above the Hammers.

Elsewhere, Brendan Rodgers was unable gain a victory on his first return to Swansea City AFC since leaving the Welsh club for Liverpool FC in the summer. Raheem Sterling struck the bar for the Reds, but neither side could find the target in a 0-0 draw.

As for Southampton FC, they moved out of the bottom three with a second consecutive win, defeating Newcastle United FC 2-0. Adam Lallana and Gaston Ramirez got the goals to leave the Magpies in 14th following a third straight loss.

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