Diego Costa strikes at the death to earn Chelsea a point

Updated: February 7, 2016

Chelsea, unbeaten against Manchester United in their past nine encounters in all competitions, played hosts as the Red Devils came to Stamford Bridge in search of three points to boost their top four push. However, the teams played out an interesting 1-1 draw, with Premier League’s favorite villain Diego Costa scored a late goal cancelling Jesse Lingard’s opener.

Chelsea had a night and day affair in the first half, with a very poor initial twenty or so minutes made up by an impressive rest of the half, but neither team was able to break the deadlock going into the break.

But that is not to say that they didn’t come close! An affair featuring two of the best goalkeepers in the world was bound to be a difficult encounter for goalscorers, but the keepers pulled off a couple of worldies apart from their routine brilliance, especially David De Gea late on to thwart Chelsea attempts.

While it was always expected that Anthony Martial would tear Ivanovic a new one, it took twenty minutes before he cut in from the left, leaving Ivanovic bamboozled, and let it fly. It was met by a superb save by Thibaut Courtois and sent out for a corner.

Ten minutes later, it was De Gea’s turn to make a great save. Nemanja Matic met Willian’s corner with a well-timed header, destined for the far post, but De Gea managed to not only make a save but also hold it with the onrushing John Terry in mind.

Darmian and Borthwick-Jackson sending in balls from their flanks was a regular sight in the game but most of the time Chelsea were able to hang in there and clear it before it fell to one of Rooney or Fellaini.

Chelsea were dealt a blow in the second half as Kurt Zouma went for an aerial ball and landed awkwardly, possibly injuring his knee ligaments in the process. Gary Cahill came on and just as Chelsea were adjusting to the new backline, United struck.

Borthwick-Jackson, who had been troubling the defense with his crosses all day long, sent in another one into the box, and some hesitation from the Chelsea defenders saw it eventually come to Jesse Lingard off Rooney. A brilliant turn and a superb finish later, United were a goal up.

Chelsea looked set to rue calls gone against them, especially a penalty not given when John Terry’s shot was met by Daley Blind’s hands, but the Blues had their fair share of late drama to follow.

With Sir Alex Ferguson in attendance, a Fergie-time goal was always on the cards and to the legendary Scotsman’s surprise, it was the team in Blue that scored it. With the regulation time being played and the game in stoppage time, Cesc Fabregas spotted an opening in United’s defense and threaded a pass through to Diego Costa, who bundled it over the line to ensure Chelsea’s unbeaten run under Guus Hiddink.

One Comment

  1. Bakare mustafa

    February 7, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Chelsea av 2get a good coach and b ready 4nxt season

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