Chelsea 1-1 Huddersfield Town: Depoitre strike condemns Blues to Europa League and confirms Terriers’ miraculous survival

Huddersfield Town put on a second valiant performance in less than a week as they confirmed their Premier League safety after Laurent Depoitre’s second half goal helped them to a 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Wednesday night.

 

The Terriers moved one step closer on Sunday by becoming the first team in 20 matches to prevent Premier League champions Manchester City scoring a goal at the Etihad Stadium as they put in a resilient display and held Pep Guardiola’s side to a 0-0 draw.

 

They went one better at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and were arguably unlucky not to win the match.

 

After an open period of frustration for the Blues, the visitors took a shock lead via Laurent Depoitre’s 50th-minute goal following an error by Willy Caballero, which allowed the Belgium to control and clip over the Argentine.

 

Marcos Alonso leveled just after the hour mark following a deflected shot – off the Spaniard’s face – which saw the cavalry charge in West London.

 

David Wagner’s men held on however, including a sensational stop from ‘keeper Jonas Lössl, as the final whistle was met was rapturous scenes from the away supporters and who celebrated avoiding immediate relegation from the top-flight.

 

With the hosts needing a win to keep up any hopes of catching Tottenham Hotspur into fourth spot, Chelsea sought an opening goal in their final home game of the season but were met by a determined Huddersfield outfit still buoyed from Sunday afternoon’s goalless draw against the champions Manchester City.

 

The hosts were still however guilty of spurning a number of gilt-edged chances to open the scoring.

 

Willian had a shot go narrowly wide of Jonas Lossl’s boughs before Antonio Rudiger protracted to miss from a yard out at the back post following Cesar Azpilicueta’s flick on from a corner. The German could also have notched when found unmarked from a set piece again but failed to make contact from a re-directed corner by inches.

 

The first-half was again a story of frustration for Álvaro Morata, who drew a blank after being Olivier Giroud was rested to the bench by Antonio Conte.

 

Morata found space on two key occasions. First after a searching through ball found the forward in the area, but his effort was straight at Lossl, after striking on the volley, off-balance.