With a goal that delivered a mighty challenge to the soccer power structure in Manchester, Samir Nasri put City up 2-1 on Chelsea and helped produce a win that brought the squad a single point behind Manchester United at the top of the Barclays Premier League standings.

That it was set up with a perfect assist from Carlos Tevez—who returned today after a six month exile from the club—made the ending something out of pulp novels rather than the sports pages. (We don't know why C.C. Sabathia's doppelgänger was in attendance.)

Tevez's return is astonishing in itself after his unapproved three-month vacation in Argentina and another several weeks of not appearing on the pitch. Manchester City is trying to win their first top-tier league championship since 1968.