On Wednesday night, some of the biggest issues in the Premier League left to be resolved were settled, as Huddersfield confirmed their top-flight survival and Tottenham sealed a top-four spot and a Champions League spot for next season.
Huddersfield headed into their game at Chelsea very much underdogs to claim any points. However, just as they did at Manchester City at the weekend, the Terriers overcome the odds to claim a 1-1 draw.
The Blues dominated the first period and should have headed in at the break with a lead. However, they failed to take their chances and the visitors struck on 50 minutes. Striker Laurent Depoitre chased an Aaron Mooy ball, collided with Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero before firing into an empty net.
The home side equalised in rather bizarre fashion on 62 minutes. Terriers centre-back Zanka tried to clear the ball only for it to hit Spanish international Marcos Alonso in the face and beat Jonas Lossl in the visitor’s goal.
Chelsea pushed for a win. However, resilient defending and a superb one-handed save from Lossl from Andreas Christensen late-on gave the Terriers a priceless point. The win means that Town are safe and it virtually guarantees that Swansea will take the third relegation berth this season.
The result also means that Chelsea’s hopes of securing a Champions League spot are fading fast, as Liverpool would have to suffer a defeat at home against Brighton on the final day and Conte’s side would have to win at Newcastle to make the top-four.
Elsewhere, Tottenham sealed a Champions League spot courtesy of a 1-0 defeat of Newcastle at Wembley. The only goal of the game arrived five minutes into the second half, as Harry Kane curled an effort home from just inside the area.
The win means that Chelsea can no longer catch their London rivals. Mauricio Pochettino’s side will clinch an automatic Champions League group stage place with a victory over Leicester on Sunday.
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