Wayne Bridge refused to shake John Terry's hand, then snatched away all three points as well as Manchester City romped to a 4-2 victory against nine-man Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Bridge's reaction during the traditional pre-match pleasantries had been predicted, but precious else was on a crazy afternoon started and finished by Frank Lampard. In between though, Chelsea's world had imploded.

Two howlers from stand-in Chelsea keeper Henrique Hilario allowed Carlos Tevez and Craig Bellamy to profit, then Juliano Belletti and Michael Ballack were red carded as Tevez and Bellamy scored again to fire City back into the top four and leave the hosts just one point clear of Manchester United.

The game exploded into life once Lampard had put the hosts in front just before the break. Joe Cole spotted Lampard's perfectly-timed run and once through, there was never any real doubt the midfielder would beat Shay Given.

The home fans breathed a sigh of relief and went off to grab their half-time snacks, only for Tevez to jolt them out of their complacency and shine the light of responsibility on Hilario. With Petr Cech out for a month with an calf injury, Chelsea are relying on Hilario and there could only be concerned frowns on the home bench as Tevez's shot rolled in.

It looked bad in real time. Replays were no kinder to Hilario after Tevez scuffed a shot that incredibly turned into his 20th goal of the season.

Within four minutes of the re-start, City had scored again, with Hilario again placed in the role of accused. John Obi Mikel kept Bellamy to his outside, ensuring the angle was as tight as possible when the shot eventually came. But yet again Hilario was not up to the task as Bellamy's shot flew under his body.

More was to come as the red cards started flying. Belletti was shown his for a foul on Gareth Barry that allowed Tevez to tuck home a penalty. Ballack followed for a tackle on Tevez that could easily have been a dismissal in itself.

And Bellamy took advantage of the huge holes now apparent in the Chelsea rearguard with his second of the game, while Lampard rounded off the scoring from the spot.

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