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Date: 24 April 2019

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Benjani in Blackburn Man City stun Chelsea

[Posted 26 Sep 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Benjani & teammates celebrate the winning goal  in Blackburn"s 2-1 win over Blackpool on Saturday


Benjamin "Benjani" Mwaruwari was part of English Barclays Premiership League action which was full of surprises and intriguing results yesterday.

The Zimbabwe national team captain Benjani featured as a 76th minute substitute for his new club Blackburn Rovers in their away 2-1 victory at Blackpool.

The visiting Rovers went ahead in the 20th minute when Charlie Adam nodded into his own net a Nikola Kalinic flick from an El Hadji Diouf's cross, resulting in an own-goal past his wrong-footed keeper Matthew Gilks.

Blackpool returned from the break a rejuvenated side and attempted to rally from behind . For all their efforts, the premiership retunees were rewarded with a goal when they scored an equaliser through Matt Philips who scored on his premiership debut with virtually his first touch after coming on as a second half substitute.

The visitors got their winning goal at the death, when substitute Brett Emerton scored with a low shot in the 90+3 minute. The result might have been a bit flattering to Blackburn and unfair to Blackpool who deserved at least a point from a good second half performance in which they threatened to take the lead.

Meanwhile, there were shocks for two in-form sides in the premiership, leaders Chelsea and second placed Arsenal.

Chelsea, who looked invincible in the premiership until yesterday's fixture, suffered a surprise 1-0 loss to home team Manchester City. Carlos Tevez, a player with big match temperament, scored through a solo effort in the 59th minute to give Man City a sweet set of three points over defending champions and current EBPL log leaders.

On the same day of shocking results for the top teams, second placed Arsenal was beaten 2-3 by West Bromwich at the Emirates Stadium. The visitors scored through Nigerian striker Osaze Odemwinge who is enjoying a purple patch in England (in the 50th minute), Gonzalo Jaro (52nd minute) and Jerome Thomas (73rd minute).

Arsenal put a late fight-back to score goals through double scorer Samir Nasri, but the Gunners' charge was too late to reverse the damage already inflicted on them by Odemwinge and company.

Other results from EBPL action on Saturday

Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland

West Ham 1-0 Tottenham Hotspurs

Fulham 0-0 Everton

Birmingham 0-0 Wigan


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