Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez kept Manchester City's title hopes alive after Frank Lampard's penalty miss cost Chelsea in their 2-0 defeat at Eastlands on Sunday.
Roberto Mancini's side were languishing 15 points behind leaders Manchester United after their rivals' win over QPR on Saturday, but they still retain a faint chance of retaining the title after Joe Hart's save from Lampard's penalty sparked City into life.
While City can still dream of a title miracle, third placed Chelsea are now only two points clear of fifth placed Arsenal and face a battle just to qualify for next season's Champions League.
Real, Barca win
Madrid: Lionel Messi helped Barcelona shake off the hangover from their midweek defeat by AC Milan as the leaders rallied to a 2-1 win at home to fellow King's Cup semi-finalists Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday.
Barca were stunned 2-0 away in a Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday and Sevilla played a similar gameplan to the Italians, denying the hosts space and breaking to take the lead just before halftime.
David Villa and World Player of the Year Messi completed the second-half comeback to leave Barca top with 68 points from 25 games, 15 ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who host Espan-yol on Sunday. Real Madrid are third with 52 points after also having to come from behind to beat bottom side Deportivo La Coruna 2-1 with late goals from Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain.