Diego Costa’s injury time goal salvaged a 1-1 draw for Chelsea in their Premier League clash against Manchester United this evening.
Man United started positively and only a superb save from Thibaut Courtois stopped Anthony Martial from opening the scoring after 18 minutes played. Chelsea grew into the game as the half went on and John Terry had a big appeal for a penalty turned down just before the break as Daley Blind appeared to handle his shot inside the box.
United ramped up the pressure in the second half and went in front through Jesse Lingard, who fired home, despite having his back to goal, from Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s ball into the box. It looked like United would see out the three points but Costa struck late on to rescue a draw for the hosts.
Borthwick-Jackson worked tirelessly up the left hand side of the pitch against Chelsea and he was always there to provide an attacking outlet. The youngster’s crossing, in particular, was a dangerous tool for United and one of his balls into the box led to his side’s opening goal.
However, he would have been disappointed with Chelsea’s equaliser as he played Costa onside before he scored. It was a lesson for him.
United pinned Chelsea back for large periods during the opening stages at Stamford Bridge, with the creative freedom that has been allowed to them as of late on show once again.
Louis van Gaal’s side pushed further up the pitch, had runners going beyond Wayne Rooney and generally put their opponents under pressure. However, United failed to capitalise on the spell with a goal to continue what has been a worrying trend this term.
The Dutchman was very lucky not to concede a penalty in the final stages of the first half.
Attempting to block Terry’s goalbound effort, Blind raised his arms and the ball caught them as it rebounded behind for a corner. It was a lucky break for United as it could have quite easily gone the other way. He wasn’t as fortunate for Costa’s goal as he slipped at the crucial moment leading up to the strike.
One touch to settle himself and another to blast the ball into the net. All with his back to goal.
Lingard’s strike was superb on a technical level, although the ‘dab’ celebration left a lot to be desired. The forward has been in good goalscoring form and he would have been delighted to bag another on Sunday.
Dave saves. De Gea denied Chelsea time and time again with some excellent stops. Branislav Ivanovic and Cesc Fabregas would, on another day, have got on the scoresheet were it not for De Gea’s brilliance. A top performance from him and not for the first time this term.