Frank Lampard denied former club Chelsea a victory over Manchester City with a late equaliser in an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium.
Jose Mourinho’s men looked set to repeat the slim Premier League victory they earned at City last season after Pablo Zabaleta was sent off and Andre Schurrle netted following a brilliant counter.
But substitute Lampard ensured it would end honours even between the two title contenders as he netted acrobatically late on.
Lampard, who scored 208 goals in 626 games for Chelsea before departing in July, had his name sung by the visiting fans following his introduction in place of Aleksandar Kolarov late in the second half.
Those tributes were soon replaced by silence, however, as the 36-year-old, who is on loan at the Etihad Stadium from New York City, grabbed a deserved equaliser for the 10-man hosts.
The goal ended Chelsea’s 100 per cent start to the league season, and Mourinho will rue the missed opportunity to have gone eight points clear of arguably their fiercest rivals.
Manuel Pellegrini took the surprise step of handing Eliaquim Mangala something of a baptism of fire. The Frenchman made his debut in place of Martin Demichelis as one of four changes from Wednesday’s defeat to Bayern Munich.
Diego Costa’s hamstrings held up enough to see him lead Chelsea’s line, bumping Didier Drogba back to the bench after a lacklustre show in their UEFA Champions League draw with Schalke.