Chelsea move into top 4 after draw with Burnley in Premier League

Keep Champions League hopes alive

Published: April 23, 2019 21:34:08

Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga looking crestfallen as Burnley celebrate their first-half equaliser in the Premier League on Monday — Internet

Chelsea suffered a setback in their push for a Champions League spot when they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Burnley in the Premier League on Monday and tempers flared at the end of the match when Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri was sent to the stands, reports Reuters.

Jeff Hendrick gave Burnley an early lead with a crisp volley before N'Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain put the home side 2-1 ahead by the 14th minute. However, Ashley Barnes drew the visitors level 10 minutes later.

After Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal all lost at the weekend, Chelsea had an opportunity to tighten their grip on the Premier League's top four places.

The draw pushed Chelsea up a place into fourth spot in the Premier League, level on points with third-placed Spurs and one point ahead of Arsenal, both of whom have a played a game less. Burnley remained 15th are nine points clear of the relegation zone with three games left to play.

On a frustrating night for Chelsea, teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi had to be helped off the pitch shortly before halftime after suffering a serious Achilles tendon injury.

Chelsea's frustration at failing to claim all three points boiled over when referee Kevin Friend sent Sarri off after the Italian coach became embroiled in a scuffle amongst players on the touchline in the dying moments.

Chelsea defender David Luiz accused Burnley of playing "anti-football" by wasting time and employing negative tactics.

Burnley coach Sean Dyche bristled at the "anti-football" suggestion and praised his players for withstanding Chelsea's pressure.

It was Burnley - seeking to avoid being sucked back into the relegation fight - who struck first when Hendrick volleyed home in the eighth minute after a headed clearance found him in space on the edge of the penalty area.

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