LONDON - Fernando Torres' perseverance was rewarded when his last-minute goal gave Chelsea a 2-1 win at home to title rivals Manchester City on Sunday that catapulted the London club into second place on the English Premier League table.
The match was heading for a draw when, after Willian had helped the ball forward, a mix-up led to City defender Matija Nastasic heading the ball past his own keeper Joe Hart, with the onrushing Torres turning the ball into an empty net to the delight of the Stamford Bridge faithful.
Torres' winner left Chelsea just two points behind leaders Arsenal and atoned for his dramatic 29th-minute miss when, with the match still goalless, he somehow shot over the bar from 10 metres out.
The Spanish striker turned provider for Chelsea's 33rd-minute opener when his run and cross from the right set up Andre Schurrle, who from a mere four metres out, eased the ball in for his first Chelsea goal.
Torres then almost made it 2-0, from 20 metres wide out on the left, but he fired a shot that clipped the angle of the far post and bar.
Chelsea's failure to make the most of their early dominance caught up with them four minutes after halftime when, having been played in by Samir Nasri, Aguero let fly with a swerving left-foot shot that beat a static Petr Cech at his near post.
Across London, Tottenham Hotspur moved up to fourth place with a 1-0 victory against Hull at White Hart Lane.
At the other end of the table, Sunderland climbed off the bottom with a 2-1 home win over arch rivals Newcastle.
In Sunday's other match, Swansea and West Ham shared the points in a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium.