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Torres's late goal boosts Chelsea

Chelsea maintained their position in second place on the EPL table after beating Man City.

Chelsea's striker Fernando Torres celebrates his goal during the English Premier League football match against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on 27 October, 2013. Picture: AFP

LONDON - Chelsea moved up to a second place in the English Premiership after beating Manchester City 2-1 on Sunday.

Fernando Torres got his reward when he scored a last-minute winner after a defensive mix-up.

The Spanish striker, who set up Andre Schuerrle's first-half goal, missed a sitter and also struck the woodwork, gleefully fired into an empty net after City defender Matija Nastasic's header back to Joe Hart went sailing past the outrushing keeper.

Torres's goal had manager Jose Mourinho celebrating with fans in the stands and left City manager Manuel Pellegrini stony-faced and in no mood to shake the Portuguese's hand after the final whistle.

Sergio Aguero had levelled soon after halftime for City as victory lifted Chelsea back up to second place, level on 20 points with Liverpool and two behind leaders Arsenal.

"In a game like this against a great team in the last minutes it tastes much better to score. We controlled the game and created many chances but Sergio Aguero can score goals at any time," Torres told Sky Sports.

"We won a game we deserved to win. We are really pleased to beat a contender for the title."

Roberto Soldado's 80th-minute penalty secured Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 home win over Hull City and lifted them up to fourth, while Sunderland moved off the foot of the table after substitute Fabio Borini lashed in a superb late winner in a 2-1 derby victory over Newcastle United.

Relieved Sunderland manager Gus Poyet hailed his side's win over Newcastle as a stepping stone to brighter times.

Poyet saw his side concede four at Swansea in his first game in charge last weekend but Borini left him with a smile on his face.

Swansea City and West Ham United drew 0-0 in Sunday's other game, the London side's striker Ricardo Vaz Te suffering a dislocated shoulder according to manager Sam Allardyce.

SATURDAY RESULTS:

Crystal Palace 0 - 2 Arsenal

Aston Villa 0 - 2 Everton

Liverpool 4 - 1 West Bromwich

Manchester United 3 - 2 Stoke City

Norwich 0 - 0 Cardiff

Southampton 2 - 0 Fulham