Premier League

Chelsea 1-1 Burnley

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
Ben Mee scores Burnley's equaliser at Chelsea
Ben Mee heads in a late corner to earn Burnley a point at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea had Nemanja Matic sent off as the Premier League leaders were held to a draw by relegation-battling Burnley.

Branislav Ivanovic put the Blues ahead when he slotted in Eden Hazard's cross.

An Ivanovic shot struck Michael Kightly's arm and Diego Costa was pushed by Jason Shackell as the home side had two penalty appeals rejected.

Matic was dismissed when he reacted angrily to a challenge from Ashley Barnes and Burnley capitalised when Ben Mee headed in a late corner.

Mourinho silent on four key 'moments'

Midfielder Matic was furious at Barnes' 70th-minute challenge, in which the Burnley forward won the ball but caught him high up on his shin with studs showing.

The Serbian pushed Barnes to the ground but his exit left the way open for Burnley to level and then even go close to a winner when Danny Ings shot high in the final moments.

Matic is now set to miss the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham on 1 March, as well as league games against West Ham and Southampton.

It looked like it would be a routine home win for Chelsea when right-back Ivanovic's fourth goal in six games gave them the lead.

Juan Cuadrado recovered possession for the Blues and found Hazard, who wonderfully jinked past two defenders before pulling the ball back for Ivanovic to slot in from close range.

This was proving a more of a business-like than a buccaneering Chelsea performance but, nevertheless, they had two appeals for penalties rejected by referee Martin Atkinson.

Dyche pleased with Burnley 'growth'

First, an Ivanovic shot struck the raised arm of Kightly and then Costa appeared to be pushed over by Shackell as the Burnley defender tried to make up for giving the ball away to the Spain striker.

Those decisions proved crucial as the hard-working visitors made the most of Matic's dismissal with defender Mee's far-post header earning them a point as they moved up a place to 18th in the table.

The draw for Chelsea comes at the end of a difficult week. The Blues had drawn 1-1 at Paris St-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday but the aftermath has seen them deal with the fallout of a small group of their supporters preventing a black man from boarding a train in the French capital before the match.

The club has since banned five fans and, with Saturday's game having already been designated as Chelsea's annual Game for Equality before the midweek incident, it gave the Stamford Bridge side a chance to show further its stance against discrimination.

The home players had 'Building Bridges' written on their shirts, while there was a banner reading 'black or white, we are all blue'.

Chelsea banner
Chelsea's game against Burnley was designated as the club's annual Game for Equality
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic puts Chelsea ahead against Burnley
Ivanovic scores his fourth goal in six games in all competitions
Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic clashes with the grounded Burnley forward Ashley Barnes
Matic was sent off for his club side for the first time since seeing red for Benfica in February 2013
Burnley defender Ben Mee earns his side a point as he scores a header at Chelsea
Mee's goal was only the second Chelsea have conceded from a corner in the league all season
Burnley defender Ben Mee celebrates his side a point as he scores a header at Chelsea
Burnley have won just two of their 32 Premier League away games (W2 D6 L24)



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Courtois
  • 2IvanovicBooked at 71mins
  • 5Zouma
  • 26Terry
  • 3Filipe LuísSubstituted forDrogbaat 86'minutes
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 21MaticBooked at 70mins
  • 23Ju CuadradoSubstituted forWillianat 63'minutes
  • 8OscarSubstituted forSantos do Nascimentoat 72'minutes
  • 10E Hazard
  • 19Diego Costa


  • 1Cech
  • 7Santos do Nascimento
  • 11Drogba
  • 18Remy
  • 22Willian
  • 24Cahill
  • 28Azpilicueta


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 25Keane
  • 5Shackell
  • 6Mee
  • 21BoydBooked at 41mins
  • 37Arfield
  • 14Jones
  • 11KightlyBooked at 62minsSubstituted forVokesat 79'minutes
  • 30Barnes
  • 10Ings


  • 4Duff
  • 7Wallace
  • 9Vokes
  • 18Reid
  • 19Jutkiewicz
  • 22Gilks
  • 23Ward
Martin Atkinson

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamBurnley
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 1, Burnley 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 1, Burnley 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by George Boyd following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  5. Post update

    Delay in match Ben Mee (Burnley) because of an injury.

  6. Post update

    Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Willian with a headed pass.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Didier Drogba replaces Filipe Luis.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Kurt Zouma.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Vokes.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Chelsea 1, Burnley 1. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Eden Hazard.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Sam Vokes replaces Michael Kightly.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Keane.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Diego Costa (Chelsea).

  20. Post update

    Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

2Man City26167356253155
4Man Utd26138544261847
8West Ham2510873628838
13Crystal Palace2669112837-927
14West Brom2669112434-1027
19Aston Villa2657141336-2322
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