Wil­lian strikes late to snatch draw for Blues

Sunday Sun - - Football -

Sub­sti­tute Wil­lian fires in a cross which loops over Simon Mig­no­let and into the Liver­pool goal (in­set), grab­bing Chelsea a point in the 1-1 draw at An­field CHELSEA needed a late goal from sub­sti­tute Wil­lian to snare a point as they drew 1-1 away at Liver­pool.

The hosts looked set to claim vic­tory thanks to for­mer Blues winger Mo Salah, who scored his 16th goal of the Reds.

The Egyp­tian scored af­ter 65 min­utes and a win would have drawn the Reds level with their Stam­ford Bridge ri­vals.

But with just five min­utes left, Brazil winger Wil­lian’s right-wing cross floated over Simon Mig­no­let and into the far cor­ner.

The re­sult means the Blues re­main in third, three points be­hind Manch­ester United and eight off lead­ers Manch­ester City.

Just a point be­hind Tot­ten­ham, Liver­pool re­main in fifth and sit out- side the lu­cra­tive Cham­pi­ons League places.

Tot­ten­ham needed Harry Kane’s 30th Premier League goal of 2017 to earn them a draw against West Brom.

How­ever, the north Lon­don side will re­gard the 1-1 stalemate with the strug­glers at Wem­b­ley as two points dropped.

West Brom ap­peared set to make a win­ning start to life with­out Tony Pulis when they took a fourth-minute lead through Salomon Ron­don.

The striker out­mus­cled Spurs de­fender Davin­son Sanchez and rolled a shot past Hugo Lloris.

How­ever, they were de­nied a first win in 11 matches when Kane flicked home at the near post with 16 min­utes re­main­ing.

Ron­don came clos­est to a win­ning goal, but he failed to take ad­van­tage in added time.

Sec­ond-placed Manch­ester United did not slip up, beat­ing Brighton 1-0 at Old Traf­ford.

Lewis Dunk’s 66th-minute own goal sep­a­rated the teams, af­ter Ash­ley Young’s shot took a big de­flec­tion off the Seag­ulls de­fender and looped into the far cor­ner of the net.

The re­sult means United close the gap on lead­ers Manch­ester City to five points, al­though Pep Guardi­ola’s men can re­store their eight-point lead on Sun­day with a win at Hud­der­s­field.

Bot­tom club Crys­tal Palace came from be­hind to beat Stoke 2-1 at Sel­hurst Park.

Xher­dan Shaqiri gave the vis­i­tors a 53rd-minute lead, scor­ing with a fine in­di­vid­ual ef­fort af­ter run­ning from mid­field to the edge of the area and bend­ing the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner past goal­keeper Wayne Hen­nessey.

How­ever, Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek lev­elled within three min­utes, tap­ping in An­dros Townsend’s in­swing­ing cross un­chal­lenged at the back post, then Ma­madou Sakho won it for the home side in the sec­ond minute of added time.

Swansea and Bournemouth fin­ished goal­less at the Lib­erty Sta­dium.

The clos­est the teams came to a goal was when the home side’s Wil­fried Bony saw a first-half break­through ruled out for a push by Jor­dan Ayew on Nathan Ake.

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