City’s Frank Lampard applauds the fans after the match against Chelsea. — Reuters
London: Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time record scorer, came on as a late substitute for Manchester City and scored their equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad as the champions ended the leaders’ perfect start to the Premier League season on Sunday.
Lampard, who scored 211 goals for Chelsea and is on loan at City from MLS side New York City, scored in the 85th minute after only six minutes on the pitch.
Andre Schuerrle had put Chelsea ahead in the 71st minute, five minutes after City defender Pablo Zabaleta had been sent off for fouling Diego Costa.
In earlier action Leicester City won an astonishing match at the King Power Stadium beating Manchester United 5-3 after trailing 3-1 with 33 minutes remaining and West Bromwich Albion climbed off the bottom of the table with a 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur, their first of the season.
Crystal Palace were the day’s other surprise winners, coming from behind to win 3-2 at Everton.
Chelsea still top the table with 13 points from five matches, ahead of Southampton and Aston Villa who are both on 10 points.
“How is it possible to give this game away?,” a disbelieving Louis van Gaal said. “We have given the game away. Leicester has proven already in four games that they have a strong character and that when they are 3-1 down, you can play all the game with more possession but you cannot do these kind of things.”
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