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Ten-player Burnley rally to claim dramatic draw at wasteful Chelsea

Ten-player Burnley rallied in impressive fashion to come from behind twice and claim a valiant 2-2 draw at careless Chelsea, who were guilty of spurning chance after chance in their quest to close in on the European places.

A chaotic five-minute period at the end of the first half landed the visitors in all sorts of trouble, as Lorenz Assignon allowed Mykhailo Mudryk to get the wrong side, before a clumsy arm on the shoulder forced the Chelsea forward to go tumbling.

Referee Darren England pointed to the spot, before brandishing a second yellow to Assignon, who had already been booked for an earlier foul on Mudryk. The entire episode sparked fury from Clarets manager Vincent Kompany on the touchline, and he was duly sent to the stands. Cole Palmer then dispatched the resulting penalty in style via a Panenka.

Lorenz Assignon is sent off by referee Darren England
Image: Lorenz Assignon is sent off by referee Darren England

The game twisted and turned from that moment on, as Josh Cullen stunned Stamford Bridge in the 47th minute with a superb volley to drag struggling Burnley level. More drama followed.

Vincent Kompany is shown a red card by referee Darren England
Image: Vincent Kompany is shown a red card by referee Darren England

Under-fire Raheem Sterling, introduced as a substitute to a mixed reception from the home crowd, teed up Palmer with a deft flick in the 78th minute and he swept the ball impressively into the far corner. But Burnley, still battling with a player less, had response yet.

Three minutes after Chelsea retook the lead Dara O’Shea rose highest to Cullen’s delivery and powered a header past Djordje Petrovic, who fumbled the effort, allowing it to squirm carelessly beyond him.

Dara O'Shea is mobbed after scoring a late equaliser for Burnley at Chelsea
Image: Dara O’Shea is mobbed after scoring a late equaliser for Burnley at Chelsea

Sterling should have won it when he burst onto Palmer’s far-post cross but inexplicably nodded wide, before Jay Rodriguez headed against the crossbar in the 88th minute as Burnley threatened the improbable.

Chelsea’s unbeaten run extends to five games in all competitions but that will be scant consolation for Mauricio Pochettino, who was forced to watch his side twice throw away a valuable lead against 10 players.

More to follow…

What’s next?

Chelsea are back at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night as they welcome Manchester United to west London, kick-off at 8.15pm. They then visit Sheffield United the following Sunday, kick-off at 5.30pm.

Burnley host Wolves on Tuesday night in their next game, with kick-off at 7.45pm. They then travel to Goodison Park with a huge relegation six-pointer with Everton next Saturday, kick-off at 3pm.

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