Chelsea 1-1 Stoke City

5 Mar

Mame Diouf’s late goal cancelled out Bertrand Traore’s spectacular opener to earn Stoke a point against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.


Match Reports: Chelsea 1-1 Stoke CityMatch Reports: Chelsea 1-1 Stoke City

The result means Chelsea remain unbeaten under interim boss Guus Hiddink but the Dutchman will be frustrated that his side failed to see out the game.

The first chance of the match fell to 20-year-old Traore, in for the injured Diego Costa, but he couldn’t control Oscar’s right wing cross and the ball went harmlessly across goal.

Oscar then had an effort himself but his low shot was well saved by Potters goalkeeper Jack Butland

At the other end Ibrahim Afellay drew a smart stop from Thibaut Courtois who punched his curling effort away from danger.

The lively Willian then had a fizzing shot from the edge of the box that went just over the bar.

Hiddink’s side finally broke the deadlock in spectacular style six minutes before the break. Traore collected Nemanja Matic’s pass on the edge of the area before taking a touch, turning and firing a rising drive beyond Butland into the top corner.

Stoke started the second half brightly and nearly equalised when Marko Arnautovic’s long-range effort was only punched by Courtois straight to Geoff Cameron, but he couldn’t get his header on target.

Courtois was at his best moments later though when he did brilliantly well to turn away Xherdan Shaqriri’s shot from 20 yards.

Chelsea substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek had a sight of goal but his effort from a tight angle was well blocked by Butland. And after failing to kill the game off Chelsea were made to pay when Stoke levelled with five minutes left.

Shaqriri’s driven cross from the right was punched out by Courtois, but only as far as Diouf who had the simple task of nodding into the unguarded net.

Bojan nearly won it for Stoke in the final minute but he was denied by Courtois.

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