Wolves 2-1 Chelsea: Final-gasp Neto strike downs Blues
Pedro Neto was Wolves’ hero in second-half stoppage time because the Portugal worldwide sealed a 2-1 comeback win over Chelsea at Molineux on Tuesday.
Frank Lampard’s males went into the match the potential for going prime quickly, however Wolves confirmed admirable character to come back from behind to safe a tremendous victory towards the chances.
Kurt Zouma went closest to breaking the impasse late within the first half as he hit the body of the aim, earlier than Olivier Giroud did convert his seventh aim in as many video games with 49 minutes on the clock.
Wolves have been unperturbed, nevertheless, as Daniel Podence – a nuisance to Chelsea all through – obtained himself a deserved aim within the 66th minute to revive parity.
Chelsea had seemingly ensured a share of the spoils when Wolves had a penalty award overturned, Neto deemed to have simulated contact within the space, however the winger in the end had the ultimate say within the fifth minute of stoppage time.
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A largely drab first half belied the drama that was to unfold within the second interval, with the one second of true pleasure occurring proper earlier than the interval when Zouma despatched a towering header onto the crossbar.
Wolves weren’t so fortunate quickly after the restart, nevertheless.
Ben Chilwell’s low supply from the left was met by Giroud on the close to publish and Rui Patricio couldn’t fairly maintain an instinctive end out of his bottom-right nook.
Fabio Silva then had what would have been his first Premier League aim disallowed for offside, although Wolves did draw degree within the 66th minute.
Chelsea didn’t take care of the tough Podence, and his pretty effort took a slight deflection off a defender on its manner into the again of the web.
The hosts then seemingly had the prospect to clinch victory taken away from them when a VAR assessment corrected the referee’s preliminary error of pointing to the spot when Neto went to floor below strain from Reece James.
However all eyes have been on the Wolves man for the correct causes on the finish, as Neto latched onto Vitinha’s move on the counter, ran at Zouma and fired a pinpoint end into the bottom-right nook.
What does it imply? Blues to lose floor on the prime
No matter occurs for the remainder of this midweek matchday, Chelsea will go into the weekend motion additional adrift of the highest of the desk as a consequence of this defeat.
With champions Liverpool and pacesetters Tottenham going through one another at Anfield on Wednesday, this was an opportunity to achieve floor – a victory at Molineux would have taken Chelsea prime.
However now, as many as 4 groups might transfer above the fifth-placed Blues, who’re three with out a win throughout all competitions. Heading into the hectic Christmas schedule with out momentum might show damaging.
Again of the Neto!
If we ignore his exhibition of the darkish arts with respect to the penalty that was overturned, Neto was in any other case a standout right here. His winner was a delight, however the ahead had already troubled Edouard Mendy within the first half and he virtually obtained a second aim within the dying seconds. Add to that a few key passes – bettered by no different Wolves participant – and you’ve got a tremendous particular person show.
Whereas Neto impressed on Wolves’ flanks, it’s tough to say the identical about Timo Werner. None of his three photographs discovered the goal, and he missed the prospect to get a shot away from shut vary within the second half because the ball squirmed below his foot on the essential second. His 44 touches of the ball have been solely greater than two gamers in Chelsea’s beginning XI – Mendy and Giroud, the latter of whom was withdrawn within the 71st minute – and the German is now eight video games with out a aim.
Chelsea return to motion in a London derby towards West Ham on Monday, whereas Wolves go to Burnley the identical day.
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