Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bellerin scores late on to break Chelsea hearts


Arsenal and Chelsea played out a pulsating 2-2 draw at The Emirates Stadium. The Blues looked to be heading for all 3 points before an injury time equalizer by Hector Bellerin rescued a point for The Gunners. Marcos Alonso’s 84 th minute strike looked to have secured the league champions a vital three points, but a draw was a fair result for both sides. Chelsea striker, Alvaro Morata should have had a hat-trick, but profligate finishing from the Spaniard will have left Antonio Conte scratching his head.

The pair of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil rang rings around the Chelsea backline in the first half, but against the run of play, Chelsea had a clear sight on goal. On 14 minutes, Morata was through on goal but he inexplicably fired wide with only Petr Cech to beat. Both teams went for the jugular with Courtois making a brilliant save to thwart Sanchez’s effort while the likes of Ozil, Fabregas and Hazard having good chances.

However, the game’s first goal fell to Jack Wilshere in the 57 th minute, who made the most of uncertainty in the Chelsea box to slam home his first Arsenal goal in more than 2 years. With Eden Hazard in inspired form, it always looked like the Blues would get an equalizer just 4 minutes later and it was the Belgian himself that restored parity with a well-taken penalty after Bellerin fouled him in the box. Both goalkeepers were busy but on the 84 th minute, Alonso stole a march on Bellerin to put Chelsea in the lead after good work from Davide Zappacosta on the right.

However, Bellerin atoned for his earlier error by hitting a shot past the outstretched arms of Courtois in the 92 nd minute to earn Arsenal a deserved draw. Arsenal and Chelsea travel to Nottingham Forest and Norwich respectively in the third round of the FA Cup this weekend, before the two sides lock horns again in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge on January 10.

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