Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United: Ross Barkley Scores Last-Minute Equaliser To Maintain Blues’ Unbeaten Start
Ross Barkley scored a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser as Chelsea secured a heated 2-2 draw against Manchester United to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Jose Mourinho’s dream of a walking away with all the three points from Stamford Bridge ended in a heartbreaking and heated manner. The Red Devils were looking set to win the clash against the Blues after Anthony Martial scored twice in the second half to help his side take the lead following Antonio Rudiger’s opener in the first half. But with seconds left on the clock, Ross Barkley found the back of the net salvage a dramatic draw.
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The last-gasp equaliser sparked wild scenes as Chelsea second assistant Marco Ianni ran across Mourinho’s path in celebration, which angered the United manager and in-turn sparked scuffles on the sidelines and in the tunnel.
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Chelsea opened the scoring in the 21st minute when from Willian’s corner, Rudiger escaped from his marker and buried his header inside the goal. The Blues continued the domination as they enjoyed 60 per cent of the possession in the first half. They even had the chance to double their lead before the break but Alvaro Morata squandered the chance from just inside the box.
United began the second half on the front foot and soon got the reward. Anthony Martial hit the equaliser ten minutes after the restart to turn the game on its head.
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N’Golo Kante forced a fine save from David de Gea 20 yards out before Manchester United struck again to take the lead. Juan Mata found himself free on the right, squaring to Marcus Rashford and then onto Martial, who curled a fine effort into the far bottom corner from 15 yards.
The visitors were looking primed to walk away with all the points before the dramatic event unfolded in the dying seconds. First David Luiz hit the post with a header, Rudiger’s follow up was superbly saved by De Gea, before Barkley drove into the goal with ease.
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