Chelsea scored two second half penalty kicks as they came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with German club Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany this afternoon in their final pre-season fixture.
Frank Lampard’s side trailed 2-0 at the break at Borussia-Park but Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley were on target in the second half as Chelsea came away with a spirited draw.
It was Chelsea who were the first to threaten to break the deadlock when Tammy Abraham forced a solid save from home keeper Yann Sommer.
The opening goal was to come just three minutes later, however, it was the Germans who scored it. Alassane Plea capitalised on a poor attempted clearance and he kept his cool to beat Blues keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Chelsea should have quickly been level but Pedro made a hash of a wonderful pass from Mason Mount before Christian Pulisic’s powerful effort was saved by Sommer.
With The Blues failing to take their chances, the match was always going to be left poised on a knife edge. Five minutes before the break, Chelsea were punished when Jonas Hofmann fired in Gladbach’s second goal following a swift counter attack.
Chelsea came out for the second half determined to get back in the game and Mason Mount twice went close before Sommer denied Abraham.
The former Aston Villa loanee was to get his goal. Mateo Kovacic was tripped in the box and Abraham stepped up to successfully convert the resultant penalty kick to make it 2-1.
Barkley fired a chance wide when it looked easier to score before The Blues were awarded a second penalty kick when former Tottenham Hotspur academy star Keanan Bennetts caught Mount in the area. This time, it was Barkley who took the spot kick but the outcome was the same, a Chelsea goal.
There was little time for either side to find a winning goal but Arrizabalaga was required to make an important save to keep a Nico Elvedi shot out of the net as the match ended 2-2.
Chelsea begin their English Premier League campaign at Manchester United in eight days time,