Manchester City provided the archetypical performance of potential Premier League champions, coming from behind to win late against a revived Chelsea side.
Carlos Tevez's comeback was always liable to grab the headlines upon his return to first-team action, and the Argentine provided a brilliant pass to allow Samir Nasri to grab a late winner.
After a spirited display from both sides, GMF takes a look at the players that stood out at the Etihad Stadium.
Joe Hart - 6
Had no chance with Cahill's goal, but did save well from Mata in one of the few occasions he was called into action.
Micah Richards - 8
Marshalled Torres impressively in the absence of Kompany and Lescott.
Pablo Zabaleta - 7
Assured performance from the Argentine, but with Cole rarely able to get forward, had little to deal with.
Gael Clichy - 8
Performed impressively against the wasteful Ramires at left-back and provided decent width.
Kolo Toure - 7
Approaching the sort of form he enjoyed at Arsenal. Eased defensive crisis.
Samir Nasri - 8
City's greatest threat going forward. Hit the bar early on, before netting the winner five minutes from time.
David Silva - 6
Influence is beginning to wane in the twilight of the season. Metronomic passing no-more.
Nigel de Jong - 6
Capitalised on Chelsea's clumsy passing and proved effective when the scores were level.
Yaya Toure - 6
Had less impact when given more license in the second half. Thrusting runs limited throughout.
Sergio Aguero - 7
Plenty of endeavour but sporadic with his end product. Cool from the spot to draw City level.
Mario Balotelli - 6
Far from disinterested in the first half, but was bizarrely substituted at the break.
Gareth Barry - 5
Carlos Tevez - 7
Edin Dzeko - 5
Petr Cech - 8
Probably his finest Chelsea performance of the season. Assured between the sticks, and distributed superbly.
Branislav Ivanovic - 6
Saw injury curtail his evening's work mid-way through the first half.
Ashley Cole - 8
Still regarded as one of the best left-backs in the world, and had few problems dealing with City attacks.
David Luiz - 7
Few moments of alarm for the Brazilian defender, whose strength was useful against Aguero.
Gary Cahill - 7
Often shaky on the ball, but struck his second goal in a week to put the Blues ahead.
Ramires - 6
Received plenty of the ball, but lacked a killer pass or the decision making required to take advantage.
Frank Lampard - 6
Too deep to have much influence, and was restricted to defensive responsibilities.
Juan Mata - 7
Spurned Chelsea's best chance of the game when he sliced over, but his crafty footwork and combination with Torres meant he was a constant threat.
John Obi Mikel - 6
Chelsea's stopper battled manfully in the centre, however, his lack of a decent passing range rarely allowed his side to break effectively.
Raul Meireles - 5
Wasteful in possession in important areas of the pitch, while he didn't make any impact in attacking areas.
Fernando Torres - 6
Impressed with his back to goal but constantly found himself on the peripheral of any attack.
Jose Bosingwa - 6
Michael Essien - 5
Didier Drogba - 6
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