Chelsea’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League have been dealt a big blow after The Blues could only draw 1-1 with Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge.
Laurent Depoitre fired the visitors into a shock lead before Marcos Alonso levelled matters. Both sides had to settle for a point which leaves Chelsea’s season on the verge of huge failure and confirms Huddersfield Town’s English Premier League status for next season.
Alonso saw an early effort saved by The Terriers keeper Jonas Lossl before Alvaro Morata was also denied by the Dane in a lacklustre first half from The Blues.
Depoitre fired a warning to the Chelsea defence just after the break when he struck an effort at Willy Caballero in The Blues goal before the player netted the opening goal of the match a minute later when he latched onto an Aaron Mooy ball to score.
Huddersfield Town’s lead was short-lived when Alonso’s header from the centre of the box crept into the far corner of the net.
Chelsea cranked up the pressure in search of a winning goal but the visitors defended bravely. The only major scare for Town came minutes from time when Andreas Christensen’s header looked to be going in but Lossl pulled off a wonderful save to tip the ball onto the post.
Morata fired a further good chance straight at Lossl in injury time but Huddersfield Town held on for a point on a famous night for the West Yorkshire club.