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Fernando Torres celebrates with Chelsea teammate Ramires after scoring the winner against Manchester City in their English Premier League game, October 27Reuters

Fernando Torres can still play, you know, when he feels like it.

The striker put on a virtuoso performance as Chelsea eked out a 2-1 win over Manchester City in the English Premier League, thanks to a 90th minute strike from Torres.

That goal capped off a brilliant individual effort from the former Liverpool man, who setup Andre Schurrle's opening goal for Chelsea, before Sergio Aguero had seemingly given City a point with a brilliant strike early in the second half.

However, Torres, fittingly, would have the final word, as a calamitous defensive error from City allowed the Spaniard to sweep home the winner.

The three points means Chelsea go back to second in the Premier League table, level on points with third-placed Liverpool and two behind leaders Arsenal.

Manchester City are seventh, six points behind the Gunners, as Tottenham's narrow 1-0 win over Hull City took Andre Villas-Boas' side past Pellegrini's men into fourth.

Spurs have 19 points from ten matches, and lie just three adrift of Arsenal after Roberto Soldado's penalty on 80 minutes gave the North London side all three points.

At Stamford Bridge, the game had a real big-feel to it - tight, fast-paced, quality-oriented, with a little bit of nerves packed in as well for good measure.

Neither side really took a stranglehold of the game to justify all three points, as both sides struggled to break free.

Chelsea probably shaded the first half, with Fernando Torres putting in a really good performance. The Spanish striker really should have given the home side the lead, but fired high from ten yards after being put through on goal.

Torres' work-rate and desire could not be questioned though, and the Chelsea man found a real moment of quality from his previously forgotten Liverpool locker to give the Blues the first goal in the 33rd minute.

The Spanish striker raced past Gael Clichy down the Chelsea right, leaving the left-back, one of the quickest players at City, for dead, before laying it on a plate for Andre Schurrle to tap-in.

Torres then was really unlucky not to make it 2-0 to Chelsea, when he found a thunderous strike from little or no space, with the shot crashing off the crossbar with Joe Hart a mere spectator.

Man City needed to come out with more verve in the second half and they did, causing Chelsea a few problems right from the off.

Their best player of the first half was Aguero, and it came as no surprise when the Argentine, in brilliant form, found the equaliser for City four minutes into the second period.

Samir Nasri, preferred in the starting lineup to Jesus Navas, played in Aguero down the left channel, and before anyone could even blink the Argentine had unleashed a left-footed thunderbolt with Cech barely able to move as the ball smashed into the top corner of the net.

Both sides did not look like they had enough in them to find that winner, before City shot themselves in the foot, and how.

Both Matija Nastasic and Joe Hart both went for a harmless-looking ball from Willian, with the latter caught in no man's land and well out of position as the City defender headed the ball towards where he thought Hart would, and should have, been.

Torres scampered through like a man possessed, getting to the ball first to slot home into an empty net as Chelsea accepted the gift with absolute glee.

In the early game, Sunderland finally picked up a win, their first of the season, against their biggest rivals Newcastle.

Steven Fletcher headed the home side into the lead as early as the fifth minute at the Stadium of Light, with the Scottish striker getting on the end of a nice cross from Adam Johnson, worked off a smart short corner.

The lead lasted nearly till the hour, before Newcastle found parity. A mishit Hatem Ben Arfa shot was allowed to run right across the goal by the Sunderland defenders, allowing Mathieu Debuchy to pop in at the far post and tuck it in past Kieren Westwood.

However, Sunderland, in only their second game under Gus Poyet, would not be denied as substitute Fabio Borini, on loan from Liverpool, thumped in the winner with a brilliant strike from 22 yards, six minutes from time.

The win sees Sunderland climb off the foot of the table, leaving them 19th on four points from nine matches, one more than bottom side Crystal Palace.

Newcastle's up-and-down season continues and they are 11th on 11 points.

Results: Tottenham 1-0 Hull; Swansea 0-0 West Ham; Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City; Sunderland 2-1 Newcastle.