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Chelsea 1-1 Huddersfield Town

May 9, 2018
Huddersfield's players and management celebrate after securing safety
Huddersfield Town secured Premier League survival with one match to play

Huddersfield Town ensured Premier League survival after a battling draw at Stamford Bridge damaged Chelsea’s hopes of playing in next season’s Champions League and left Swansea City on the brink of relegation.

The Terriers produced a defensive masterclass to secure the point they needed to stay up and celebrated wildly with their travelling fans after the final whistle.

The Yorkshire side’s supporters chanted “We are staying up” as manager David Wagner was given the bumps by his players on the pitch. Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte waited patiently to shake hands and congratulate every Huddersfield player.

Chelsea 1-1 Huddersfield TownChelsea 1-1 Huddersfield Town

After the visitors linked arms and clapped their fans, Wagner said his team would be celebrating all the way back to Huddersfield.

“We have cancelled the flight and will go home by coach,” said the German.

The Terriers did not have a shot on goal in the first half but took a surprise lead in the 50th minute when Laurent Depoitre finished Aaron Mooy’s ball over the top.

Chelsea dominated possession but were guilty of some poor finishing.

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Chelsea 1-1 Huddersfield: David Wagner say Terriers survival is ‘unbelievable achievement’

Antonio Rudiger wasted two glorious chances before the FA Cup finalists finally equalised in fortuitous fashion – Mathias Jorgensen’s clearance striking Marcos Alonso in the face before flying into the net.

Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl produced a wonderful save to push Andreas Christensen’s header onto the post as Chelsea searched for a winner, but the Terriers held firm to ensure a second successive season in the Premier League.

Huddersfield boss David Wagner is lifted into the air by his players after the Terriers secure Premier League survival
Huddersfield boss David Wagner was lifted into the air by his players after the Terriers secured Premier League survival

Chelsea must now win away at Newcastle on Sunday and hope Liverpool lose at home to Brighton to qualify for the Champions League.

Meanwhile, at the bottom, Swansea must overturn a nine-goal difference on the final day of the season if they are to stay up.

They have to win at home to relegated Stoke and hope Southampton lose heavily at home to champions Manchester City.

One of the season’s great success stories

Given they had a run-in against champions Manchester City, Chelsea – both away from home – and Arsenal, few gave Huddersfield much chance of staying up in recent weeks.

However, Wagner’s battlers will grace the top-flight again next year after securing an unlikely point for the second successive game.

Having held City to a goalless draw on Sunday, they frustrated the 2016-17 champions on Wednesday.

Wagner’s side came with a plan to pack the defence and frustrate the hosts – and they executed it to near-perfection.

Huddersfield were happy to defend deep and allow Chelsea to enjoy most of the possession.

Bottom of the Premier League

There was a touch of fortune, however, that Chelsea’s best two chances fell to Rudiger.

The Germany defender was guilty of an incredible miss from point-blank range in the 13th minute, after Cesar Azpilicueta’s downward header from a corner. Rudiger later headed another great opportunity over the bar.

Alvaro Morata rounded Lossl but could not finish while Huddersfield’s keeper produced the save of the match from Christensen as the visitors completed one of the great stories of this Premier League season.

What next for Conte?

This could yet prove to be Conte’s final game in charge at Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea boss has another year left on his contract but said it was up to the club to “take the best decision” when asked if he will still be in charge next season.

“We have another game to play, the FA Cup final, then the club for sure will do the best to improve the situation,” said Conte.

His side brought the curtain down at home with a result which summed up their underwhelming league form.

Huddersfield's players and management celebrate after securing Premier League safety
Huddersfield Town have scored 28 Premier League goals – five fewer than relegated Stoke City

Having won the title in impressive style 12 months ago, Chelsea’s defence of the championship ended long ago.

While they won 51 points from a possible 57 in front of their own fans last term, they managed just 37 this time after a mixed set of results which included an opening weekend defeat to Burnley and a 3-0 loss against Bournemouth on 30 January.

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Chelsea 1-1 Huddersfield:

“We dropped many points this season,” added Conte. “I’m realistic. I think at the end of the season you finish in the position that you deserve.

“If we stay fifth in the table it means we deserve to stay in this position.”

Chelsea dominated Huddersfield but despite ending the match with substitutes Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud on the pitch, they failed to do enough to beat a gutsy Huddersfield side.

Man of the match – Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield)

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Goalkeeper Jonas Lossl was outstanding as he helped propel Huddersfield to safety with one match remaining. He was booked for timewasting but his save to push Andreas Christensen’s effort onto the post with the score 1-1 was outstanding

Safe, safe and…safe – the stats

  • Huddersfield’s draw means that all three promoted teams have avoided relegation this season – this is only the third time this has happened in the Premier League (2001-02 and 2011-12).
  • Chelsea managed 22 shots, though most of these came from central defender Antonio Rudiger (5).
  • The Blues have lost just one of their last 51 Premier League home games against promoted sides (W42 D8), v Bournemouth in December 2015.
  • Marcos Alonso has been directly involved in nine Premier League goals this season (7 goals, 2 assists), more than any other defender.

What’s next?

Chelsea’s final league game of the season is away to Newcastle United on Sunday (15:00 BST) but they will be back in action on 19 May when they take on Manchester United in the FA Cup final (17:15)

Huddersfield are getting ready for a final-day party at home to Arsenal (15:00) on Sunday.

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 1Caballero
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 27Christensen
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 21Zappacosta
    Substituted forGiroudat 54′minutes
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 7Kanté
  • 3Alonso
  • 22Willian
  • 11Pedro
    Substituted forE Hazardat 59′minutes
  • 9Morata

Substitutes

  • 8Barkley
  • 10E Hazard
  • 14Bakayoko
  • 15Moses
  • 18Giroud
  • 24Cahill
  • 37Eduardo

Huddersfield

  • 1LösslBooked at 88mins
  • 2Smith
    Substituted forMaloneat 85′minutes
  • 25Jorgensen
  • 26Schindler
  • 5Kongolo
  • 15Löwe
    Substituted forHadergjonajat 62′minutes
  • 10Mooy
  • 6Hogg
  • 8Billing
  • 17van La Parra
    Substituted forPritchardat 53′minutes
  • 20Depoitre

Substitutes

  • 3Malone
  • 13Coleman
  • 21Pritchard
  • 22Ince
  • 23Quaner
  • 24Mounie
  • 33Hadergjonaj
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
38,910

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home78%
Away22%
Shots
Home22
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

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Match ends, Chelsea 1, Huddersfield Town 1.

Full Time

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Second Half ends, Chelsea 1, Huddersfield Town 1.

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Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea).

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Scott Malone (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

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Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Offside, Chelsea. N’Golo Kanté tries a through ball, but Álvaro Morata is caught offside.

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Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

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Attempt blocked. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

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Attempt blocked. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by N’Golo Kanté.

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Attempt saved. Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Booking

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Jonas Lössl (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

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Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas following a corner.

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Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jonathan Hogg.

Substitution

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Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Scott Malone replaces Tommy Smith.

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Attempt blocked. Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Morata.

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Attempt saved. Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Antonio Rüdiger.

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Attempt blocked. Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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Attempt blocked. Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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Attempt blocked. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas with a cross.

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Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jonathan Hogg.

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Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jonathan Hogg.

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Attempt blocked. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

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Attempt blocked. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

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

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Foul by Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield Town).

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Attempt missed. Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

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Attempt blocked. Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

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Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

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Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Foul by Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield Town).

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Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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Delay in match Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

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Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Terence Kongolo.

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Offside, Chelsea. Willian tries a through ball, but Andreas Christensen is caught offside.

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Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at65′

Foul by Zanka (Huddersfield Town).

Substitution

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Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Florent Hadergjonaj replaces Chris Löwe.

Goal!

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Goal! Chelsea 1, Huddersfield Town 1. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Posted at59′

Substitution, Chelsea. Eden Hazard replaces Pedro.


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