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Chelsea 2-2 Burnley: Blues up to fourth after draw with Clarets

Gonzalo Higuain celebrates scoring for Chelsea against Burnley
Gonzalo Higuain has scored 10 or more league goals in each of his past 11 seasons in Europe's top five leagues

Chelsea moved above Arsenal into fourth position in the Premier League as they were held by Burnley in a thrilling game at Stamford Bridge.

With rivals Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United all losing over the weekend, Chelsea will be frustrated that they could not take full advantage - a win would have lifted them into third, two points ahead of Spurs.

All the goals were scored in the opening 24 minutes with Jeff Hendrick giving Burnley an eighth-minute lead before N'Golo Kante equalised after wonderful skill by Eden Hazard.

Gonzalo Higuain put Chelsea in front six minutes and 14 seconds after Burnley's opener.

However, the visitors were level when Ashley Barnes scored from close range, his 11th league goal of the season.

On a frustrating night for Maurizio Sarri's side, Callum Hudson-Odoi ruptured his Achilles tendon and Kante went off with a rib injury, while the Chelsea boss was sent to the stands towards the end.

Burnley are now almost certainly safe from relegation with three games to go, holding a nine-point advantage over 18th-placed Cardiff and with a goal difference 17 better than the Welsh side.

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Chelsea started the weekend in fifth place but, despite failing to win for the second successive league game, end it in fourth, with Arsenal dropping out of the Champions League spots.

However, this was a missed opportunity for the Blues, who have played one more game than the teams around them.

Frustrations boiled over towards the end with David Luiz and Barnes involved in an altercation on the pitch, Sarri ordered away from the dugout and a scuffle taking place near the tunnel entrance at the final whistle.

Chelsea were unhappy with what they perceived to be time-wasting tactics by the visitors yet that failed to disguise the hosts' poor defending, Burnley scoring from their only two shots on target in the first half.

Race for the Premier League top four
ArsenalChelseaMan UtdTottenham
24 April Wolves (A)24 April Man City (H)23 April Brighton (H)
29 April Leicester (A)28 April Man Utd (A)28 April Chelsea (H)27 April West Ham (H)
4 May Brighton (H)4 May Watford (H)5 May Huddersfield (A)6 May Bournemouth (A)
12 May Burnley (A)12 May Leicester (A)12 May Cardiff (H)12 May Everton (H)

Midfielder Hendrick was left unmarked when he produced a delightful curling finish to put Burnley ahead with his third league goal of the season.

In a remarkable passage of play, Chelsea quickly levelled when Hazard got the better of Matthew Lowton before pulling it back for Kante to smash home from 12 yards out.

Chelsea were ahead through Higuain's beautiful first-time finish after Cesar Azpilicueta's backheel into his path.

Burnley were back level when Chelsea failed to deal with a free-kick, Barnes pouncing inside the six-yard area after a flick by Chris Wood.

Chelsea have now conceded seven times in the past three games, a big concern for Sarri as his side also look to seal a Europa League final spot.

Burnley show spirit to all but secure safety

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Dyche denies Burnley were time-wasting at Chelsea

After losing 5-1 at home to Everton on 26 December, Burnley were third bottom in the table, three points from safety following a sixth defeat in seven games.

Fast forward 16 games and eight wins, the Clarets are as good as safe with three matches to spare after a spirited performance against Chelsea left Cardiff requiring an extraordinary set of results to overhaul Burnley.

Having won 3-2 at Chelsea on the opening day of last season, they swept into the lead through Hendrick's fine finish before showing their character to respond after falling 2-1 behind.

Tom Heaton's yellow card in the 32nd minute was the earliest for time-wasting by a goalkeeper in a Premier League match for five years.

Yet this was far from a conservative performance by the visitors, Burnley producing six shots in total - half on target - and Sean Dyche can now start planning for a fourth successive season in the Premier League.

Man of the match - Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Eden Hazard
Burnley got right under Chelsea's skin yet Eden Hazard was again superb, the Belgian turning Matthew Lowton inside out before teeing up N'Golo Kante to make it 1-1

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  • Chelsea have only lost one of their 21 Premier League matches played on a Monday at Stamford Bridge (W15 D5) - a 3-2 defeat by Manchester United on Boxing Day in 1994 under Glenn Hoddle.
  • Since their 3-2 victory against Chelsea in this fixture last season, Burnley have failed to win any of their past 11 Premier League away games versus 'big six' opposition (D5 L6).
  • Chelsea conceded two goals from set-pieces (excluding penalties) in a single Premier League game at Stamford Bridge for the first time since May 2011 v Newcastle.
  • Jeff Hendrick's strike for Burnley's opener was the 1,000th goal Chelsea have conceded in the Premier League - the ninth club to do so.
  • Chelsea's Eden Hazard has provided 13 assists in the Premier League in 2018-19, the most in the competition this season and one more than he registered in his previous three seasons combined (12).
  • Chelsea's N'Golo Kante has scored four goals in 34 Premier League games this season, one more than he netted in his previous three campaigns combined (three goals in 106 appearances).
  • Ashley Barnes has scored 11 Premier League goals this season, the joint-most by a Burnley player in a single campaign along with Danny Ings in 2014-15.
  • Chelsea's Gonzalo Higuaín has scored 10 or more league goals in each of his past 11 seasons (four for Chelsea, six for AC Milan in 2018-19).

What's next?

Chelsea will now start preparing for Sunday's match at sixth-placed Manchester United (16:30 BST) - a game which will a long way to deciding who finishes in the top four. Burnley also have a big match on the same day - at home to title-chasing Manchester City (14:05).

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 27Christensen
  • 30David Luiz
  • 33Emerson
  • 7KantéSubstituted forKovacicat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5Jorginho
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forPedroat 41'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9HiguaínSubstituted forGiroudat 77'minutes
  • 10E Hazard

Substitutes

  • 8Barkley
  • 11Pedro
  • 13Caballero
  • 17Kovacic
  • 18Giroud
  • 21Zappacosta
  • 24Cahill

Burnley

  • 1HeatonBooked at 32mins
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 3Taylor
  • 13Hendrick
  • 18Westwood
  • 4Cork
  • 31McNeil
  • 10Barnes
  • 11Wood

Substitutes

  • 7Berg Gudmundsson
  • 12Brady
  • 14Gibson
  • 20Hart
  • 23Ward
  • 27Vydra
  • 28Long
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
40,642

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home22
Away6
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 2, Burnley 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Burnley 2.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ashley Westwood.

Booking

Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Chris Wood (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Pedro (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Pedro (Chelsea).

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

Foul by Andreas Christensen (Chelsea).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dwight McNeil (Burnley) because of an injury.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

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

Foul by Jack Cork (Burnley).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ashley Barnes (Burnley) because of an injury.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jeff Hendrick.

Attempt missed. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Olivier Giroud replaces Gonzalo Higuaín.

Attempt saved. David Luiz (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jorginho.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ashley Barnes (Burnley) because of an injury.

Offside, Burnley. Tom Heaton tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.

Attempt blocked. Gonzalo Higuaín (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emerson.

Attempt missed. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emerson with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matthew Lowton.

Foul by David Luiz (Chelsea).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).

Offside, Burnley. Tom Heaton tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Charlie Taylor (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ben Mee.

Attempt missed. Emerson (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 22nd April 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool35277179205988
2Man City34282487226586
3Tottenham342211164352967
4Chelsea35207859382167
5Arsenal34206868432566
6Man Utd34197863481564
7Everton35147145044649
8Watford34147134949049
9Leicester35146154847148
10Wolves34139124142-148
11West Ham35127164454-1043
12Crystal Palace35126174348-542
13Newcastle35118163544-941
14Bournemouth35125184962-1341
15Burnley35117174462-1840
16Southampton3499164057-1736
17Brighton3497183253-2134
18Cardiff3594223065-3531
19Fulham3565243376-4323
20Huddersfield3535272069-4914
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