Burnley halt Chelsea

 

A 79th-minute header from Burnley’s Matej Vydra shocked Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as the sides drew 1-1.

The goal was the first Chelsea have conceded this season from open play.

“Of course I’m disappointed. If we played this game 100 times, we’d win 99 times. Today we didn’t win it. The second goal would have decided it. It’s always possible you miss one ball, one cross, and this can happen,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said after the game.

“It’s our fault. We should have scored. We created so many chances.”

“You have the opponent where you want to have them. You create so many chances. We let them believe it was possible to steal a point by pure luck and that’s what happened.”

“This is not the first game like this and won’t be the last. I was impressed by the performance, the attitude, the quality. It’s football, it was against us today.”

Chelsea had dominated possession throughout the match with Nick Pope continually being called on to make impressive saves.

However, Kai Havertz’s first-half strike was the only thing that separated the sides.

Reece James floated a cross into the box on 33 minutes which Havertz headed into the net.

Burnley had few opportunities to attack but only needed one to find their equalizer.

Jay Rodriguez nodded a cross down into Vydra’s path and he hit it into the net from the centre of the box.

Arsenal keep winning

In a match of missed chances for Arsenal, Emile Smith Rowe gave his side their only goal of the game in a 1-0 win against Watford at the Emirates on Saturday.

The result sees the London side pull away from Manchester United – who lost to Manchester City – and into fifth place in the Premier League.

Bukayo Saka had the ball in the net after just eight minutes but the goal was disallowed after VAR showed he had been offside.

Alexandre Lacazette was awarded the penalty after a heavy challenge by Danny Rose in the box. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stepped up to take the spot-kick but Ben Foster saved it which makes it two penalties out of two missed for the Gabon striker this season.

Arsenal finally got their opener on 56 minutes when Ben White was tackled on the edge of the box but the ball spilt to Smith Rowe. The Arsenal youngster powered a shot that slid under Foster and into the net.

The goal is his third for Arsenal in his last three matches.

Substitute Martin Odegaard appeared to have doubled Arsenal’s lead on 74 minutes but a slight touch off Aubameyang – who was offside – en route to the goal ruled it out.

Watford were reduced to 10 men on 88 minutes when Juraj Kucka was sent off for a second yellow card.

Tottenham Hotspur and Everton fire blanks

Everton had a penalty award overturned and red card for Mason Holgate awarded by VAR as they drew 0-0 with Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on Sunday in Antonio Conte’s first match back in the Premier League.

Spurs announced the appointment of Conte on Tuesday and his first match in charge was the Europa Conference League victory over Vitesse.

But the Italian, who won the Premier League with Chelsea in 2016-17, failed to kick on in a scrappy game with few chances.

The first talking point came midway through the second half. Richarlison went through on goal and was clipped by Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris with referee Chris Kavanagh pointing to the spot only for the VAR to overturn the decision – much to the frustration of the home crowd.

Holgate, who was only introduced in the 82nd minute, was initially given a yellow card for a tackle on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg before a look at the VAR monitor saw the decision turned a red.

A draw means Spurs are winless in their last four matches, while Everton are now five games without a victory.

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Courtesy: ESPN

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