9th May, 2018
Chelsea F.C. had their hopes of qualifying for the next edition of the European Champions’ League seriously dented by an equally desperate Huddersfield Town who ensured that the Londoners had a night to forget as they played out a 1:1 draw in their fixture.
The visitors actually almost got away with a victory but for Marco Alonso who saved the blushes of the home team by scoring the equalizer late on.
Huddersfield Town has surely through this result secured their Premier League survival as they put up a very solid performance against their more respected opponents.
Chelsea’s hopes of Champions League qualification needed them to record a fifth straight league victory, but their chances of finishing in the top four now appear slim after Huddersfield Town hung on late to ensure their top-flight status.
Willy Caballero deputised for the injured Thibaut Courtois and his mistake in the 50th minute 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.