VIDEO: Chelsea 1 – 1 Huddersfield Town [Premier League] Highlights 2017/18
Marcos Alonso’s fortunate goal helped Chelsea come from behind to claim a 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield Town as the Terriers secured Premier League survival at the likely expense of Swansea City.
Chelsea’s hopes of Champions League qualification required Antonio Conte’s men to record a fifth straight league victory, but their chances of finishing in the top four now appear slim after Huddersfield clung on late to ensure their top-flight status.
Willy Caballero deputised for the injured Thibaut Courtois and the reserve goalkeeper’s 50th-minute mistake gave the visitors a shock lead at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Aaron Mooy’s long pass sent Laurent Depoitre racing through on goal, the striker getting to the ball ahead of the sluggish Caballero and regaining his composure to slot into the open goal.
Alonso levelled in fortuitous fashion when Mathias Jorgensen cleared a cross onto the defender’s head, with the ball rebounding in for his seventh Premier League goal of the season – and by far the Spaniard’s strangest.
Chelsea – who somehow did not score in a late goalmouth scramble – must now hope Liverpool slip up in their final-day meeting with Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.
David Wagner and his team can start planning ahead for the 2018-19 campaign, with Swansea now needing a win against Stoke City at the weekend and a 10-goal swing in goal difference to overhaul Southampton.
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