Todd Boehly watches on as Chelsea blow chance to tighten grip on third spot after late Wolves drama

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Romelu Lukaku celebrates his second Chelsea goal against Wolves Credit: PA Images
Romelu Lukaku celebrates his second Chelsea goal against Wolves Credit: PA Images

Chelsea suffered a blow to their hopes of sealing third place in the Premier League after Wolves netted a stoppage-time equaliser to draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.

After a goalless opening period, the home side scored twice in as many minutes at the start of the second half as Romelu Lukaku fired home from the penalty spot after the referee overturned his original decision, before producing a clinical finish from the edge of the box.

Wolves hit back through Trincao and, after dominating the closing stages, they got what they deserved when Conor Coady powered home a header in the seventh minute of stoppage-time.

Chelsea are now just four points clear of Arsenal and six clear of Tottenham, who both have a game in hand. Wolves remain eighth.

The home side, who had potential new owner Todd Boehly watching on from the stands, started brightly with Timo Werner testing Jose Sa in the Wolves goal with an early strike.

After Romain Saiss headed a good chance over the bar for the visitors, Christian Pulisic was the next to go close when he drilled an effort wide.

The in-demand Ruben Neves saw a trademark long-range strike deflected wide off his own teammate Raul Jimenez before Romelu Lukaku, handed a rare Chelsea start, saw a close-range effort saved by Sa.

Thomas Tuchel’s men thought they had taken the lead when Ruben Loftus-Cheek bundled home from close. However, after a lengthy VAR check the Chelsea midfielder was ruled just offside.

An end-to-end clash then saw Pedro Neto force Edouard Mendy into a good stop, with Leander Dendoncker firing the rebound over.

Wolves’ Rayan Ait-Nouri had the last chance of an open first period. However, he failed to test Mendy when he should at least hit the target.

Chelsea score two in two

Chelsea came out firing at the start of the second period, with Werner seeing a volley kept out by Sa, before they took the lead in the 56th minute.

Todd Boehly watches on Chelsea v Wolves Credit: PA Images
Todd Boehly watches on Chelsea v Wolves Credit: PA Images

It was a mistake by Saiss as the big defender had a nibble, not once but twice, at Lukaku just inside the area. The decision was not initially given but referee Peter Bankes took a look at the pitchside monitor before changing his mind. Lukaku then dispatched the penalty with ease.

And it was 2-0 just two minutes later when Wolves gave the ball away cheaply and Pulisic found Lukaku, who thundered an effort past Sa from 20 yards.

Wolves made it interesting by pulling a goal back with 11 minutes to. Substitute Francisco Trincao broke clear down the right and smashed an effort past Mendy from the edge of the box.

And the visitors wanted a penalty when Hwang Hee-chan went down under challenge from Rudiger. But referee Bankes was having none of it and play continued.

A strong finish from Wolves saw Raul Jimenez drill an effort wide. And just when it looked it was game over they netted an equaliser.

It was the seventh minute of stoppage time when Coady powered in a Chiquinho cross with his head from six yards out.

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