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Chelsea 1-1 Stoke City

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Mame Biram Diouf
Mame Biram Diouf was replaced by Joselu immediately after scoring

Mame Biram Diouf scored a late equaliser as Stoke prevented Chelsea from overtaking them in the league.

Bertrand Traore, playing as a central striker, gave the Blues the lead when he took Nemanja Matic's pass, turned and fired home from 20 yards out.

The Potters deservedly levelled when Xherdan Shaqiri's cross was punched by Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois to Diouf, who headed into an empty net.

Bojan almost won it for the Potters in injury time but Courtois denied him.

Stoke remain seventh in the table, with Chelsea 10th - three points behind them.

Chelsea miss injured Costa

Bertrand Traore
Bertrand Traore only had two touches in the Stoke box despite being a striker, with his goal coming from outside the area

The Blues named a team with Wednesday's Champions League game against Paris St-Germain in mind. Striker Diego Costa, who had a minor tendon injury, was not risked, while midfielder Cesc Fabregas was left on the bench.

Burkina Faso forward Traore started centrally, with recognised strikers Loic Remy and Alexandre Pato on the bench, and his goal was the one real moment of quality in the game.

He found space outside the box before firing a great shot past Jack Butland - his fourth goal in five games.

However, he had a mixed game, failing to control the ball in the box on a couple of occasions and being caught offside needlessly.

He was replaced after 68 minutes by Remy, who made little impact.

Chelsea could have had a penalty when Marc Muniesa leaned on Oscar in the box but there were only muted appeals for a spot-kick.

Stoke show their form is no fluke

The Potters had won their previous three Premier League games and started the day five points off the Champions League places.

Mark Hughes named an attacking line-up at the home of the soon-to-be dethroned champions, with Ibrahim Afellay, Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic starting behind Diouf. When Bojan replaced Glenn Whelan, they had five forwards on the pitch.

And just when it looked like their luck might be out - Courtois had done well to deny Shaqiri and Arnautovic - they got their reward.

With Joselu waiting on the touchline to replace Diouf, the Senegal striker headed home after Courtois failed to adequately deal with Shaqiri's cross. That was his last touch.

Hughes told BBC Sport: "That's the bit of luck you need. He put a great shift in. He was looking a bit tired so I thought I'd freshen it up. Luckily he scored just before I brought him off."

Manager reaction: 'Stoke deserved to win'

Stoke boss Mark Hughes told BBC Sport: "We're grateful to equalise but we deserved more from the game. It was an excellent away performance - we took the game to Chelsea. We were encouraged by the team they picked.

Stoke deserved to beat Chelsea - Hughes

"I was a bit surprised with their team. I thought they had a chance to get in the Champions League.

"We're really pleased with the performance. Their goal came out of the blue, it was a great bit of individual skill. I felt we were a strong team and made things happen."

Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink told BBC Sport: "Stoke play well and creatively and they pushed us back. The first goal we got after a sloppy start, it was a beautiful goal.

"We should have got a penalty for a foul on Oscar. Any referee would have given a free-kick if it was outside the box. That was a key point. Stoke got some encouragement after that.

Chelsea needed second goal - Hiddink

"We have rested one or two players but it's good to see the players who came in, especially the young ones, like Traore and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, do well.

"Everyone knows in December we were one point off the relegation zone. There was a little bit of panic. Through a lot of draws at the beginning, we moved away and then we had to make the next step with victories, which we did."

Man of the match: Giannelli Imbula

Giannelli Imbula
Giannelli Imbula tried more passes (61) than anyone else on the pitch, including the most in the opposite half (46)

Match stats: Hiddink makes history

  • Hiddink is the first manager to go 12 Premier League games unbeaten from the beginning of a single managerial spell at a club, overtaking Frank Clark's record of 11 games set back in 1994 at Nottingham Forest.
  • Traore has scored in each of his past three appearances at Stamford Bridge.
  • Matic assisted his first goal since the final day of the 2014-15 season.
  • Diouf scored his first goal since September and ended a run of 12 league games without a goal.
  • It was Stoke's first time avoiding defeat at Stamford Bridge in the league since December 1984 - ending a run of eight consecutive defeats.
  • Hughes has failed to win any of his past 35 Premier League visits to Anfield, Emirates/Highbury, Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge, losing 30 and drawing five.

What's up next? Chelsea's attentions turn elsewhere

Chelsea's next two games will have more of an impact on their chances of winning a trophy than the Stoke fixture.

On Wednesday, they try to overhaul a 2-1 first-leg deficit against PSG in the Champions League last 16, while next Saturday they go to Everton in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Stoke's next game is at home to Southampton next Saturday.

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 13Courtois
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 24Cahill
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 6Baba
  • 12Mikel
  • 21MaticSubstituted forFàbregasat 82'minutes
  • 22Willian
  • 8OscarBooked at 45mins
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 63'minutes
  • 14TraoreSubstituted forRemyat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Begovic
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 11Da Silva
  • 18Remy
  • 20Miazga
  • 36Loftus-Cheek
  • 37Clarke-Salter

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 20Cameron
  • 26Wollscheid
  • 5Muniesa
  • 3PietersBooked at 53mins
  • 6WhelanBooked at 73minsSubstituted forBojanat 75'minutes
  • 21Imbula
  • 22Shaqiri
  • 14Afellay
  • 10ArnautovicSubstituted forIrelandat 90'minutes
  • 18DioufSubstituted forJoseluat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Ireland
  • 11Joselu
  • 19Walters
  • 23Teixeira
  • 25Crouch
  • 27Bojan
  • 29Haugaard
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
41,381

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home20
Away17
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 1, Stoke City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 1, Stoke City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Willian with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Bojan (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Giannelli Imbula.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joselu (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bojan.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Stephen Ireland replaces Marko Arnautovic.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Willian with a cross following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jack Butland.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Baba Rahman (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Loïc Remy.

  11. Post update

    Giannelli Imbula (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Joselu replaces Mame Biram Diouf.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Chelsea 1, Stoke City 1. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas replaces Nemanja Matic.

  16. Post update

    Bojan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Willian with a through ball.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

  20. Post update

    Oscar (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester29179352312160
2Tottenham291510451242755
3Arsenal29157746301652
4Man City28155852312150
5West Ham291310645331249
6Man Utd28138737261147
7Stoke29127103134-343
8Southampton29118103629741
9Liverpool2711884136541
10Chelsea29101094339440
11Everton28911851391238
12Watford29107122930-137
13West Brom2899102936-736
14Bournemouth2998123545-1035
15Crystal Palace2896133137-633
16Swansea2989122837-933
17Sunderland2967163554-1925
18Norwich2966173154-2324
19Newcastle2866162853-2524
20Aston Villa2937192255-3316
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