Chelsea 2-2 Burnley: Blues slip up in race for a top-four finish

Chelsea 2-2 Burnley: Blues slip up in race for a top-four finish after first-half goal-fest as Jeff Hendrick and Ashley Barnes strike to take Clarets to 40 points

  • Burnley took a shock lead on eight minutes after Jeff Hendrick nailed a volley from outside the penalty area
  • Chelsea were level less than five minutes later when N’Golo Kante fired home from an Eden Hazard pass
  • Gonzalo Higuain put Chelsea in front before the quarter-hour with a shot off the underside of the crossbar
  • It was 2-2 midway through the first half when Ashley Barnes turned a Chris Wood flick-on into the hosts’ net

The tension boiled over for Maurizio Sarri as he twitched and drew on his fake cigarette, fought a running battle with Burnley’s coaching staff and was dismissed from the touchline in the closing seconds of a frantic draw.

Sarri was ordered down the tunnel by referee Kevin Friend and his backroom team became embroiled in a series of arguments with Sean Dyche’s staff at the final whistle.

Antonio Rudiger, injured and unable to play, was also involved as things turned ugly at the end. 

A heated encounter between Chelsea and Burnley ended as a 2-2 draw on Monday night in front of a booing home crowd

A heated encounter between Chelsea and Burnley ended as a 2-2 draw on Monday night in front of a booing home crowd

Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick (right) opened the scoring in London with a volley from just outside Chelsea's 18-yard box

Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick (right) opened the scoring in London with a volley from just outside Chelsea’s 18-yard box

French star N'Golo Kante (centre) drew Chelsea level with his fifth goal of the season in all competitions on eight minutes

French star N’Golo Kante (centre) drew Chelsea level with his fifth goal of the season in all competitions on eight minutes

Chelsea loanee Gonzalo Higuain put his side 2-1 up before celebrating by placing his hands together while smiling widely

Chelsea loanee Gonzalo Higuain put his side 2-1 up before celebrating by placing his hands together while smiling widely

But the goal-fest continued when Burnley made it 2-2 on 24 minutes thanks to 29-year-old frontman Ashley Barnes (right)

But the goal-fest continued when Burnley made it 2-2 on 24 minutes thanks to 29-year-old frontman Ashley Barnes (right) 

MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND LIVE PL TABLE

Chelsea (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga 6; Azpilicueta 5.5, Christensen 6, Luiz 6, Emerson 6; Kante 7 (Kovacic 46), Jorginho 6.5, Loftus-Cheek 7.5; Hudson-Odoi 6.5 (Pedro 41), Higuain 7 (Giroud 77), Hazard 8

Goals: Kante, Higuain

Bookings: Pedro, Kovacic

Subs not used: Caballero, Barkley, Zappacosta, Cahill

Manager: Maurizio Sarri 6.5

Burnley (4-4-2): Heaton 6; Lowton 5, Tarkowski 6, Mee 6.5, Taylor 6; Hendrick 6.5, Westwood 6, Cork 6, McNeil 6; Barnes 7, Wood 6

Goals: Hendrick, Barnes

Bookings: Heaton

Subs not used: Hart, Gudmundsson, Brady, Ward, Vydra, Long, Gibson

Manager: Sean Dyche 6.5

Ref: Kevin Friend

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Chelsea No 9 Gonzalo Higuain finished off a complex move which began in defence

Chelsea No 9 Gonzalo Higuain finished off a complex move which began in defence

Chelsea were undone from a free-kick won by No 10 Ashley Barnes who then scored

Chelsea were undone from a free-kick won by No 10 Ashley Barnes who then scored

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Burnley had dug in and fought hard for the point which will ensue they are playing Premier League football for a third successive season.

They were delighted with the result at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were frustrated by another missed opportunity; a chance to put pressure on others allowed to slip by despite dominating the contest.

Yet, with Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United all misfiring in the Premier League, they remain firmly in the hunt for the top four and in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Sarri was ordered to lead them back to the Champions League and two routes remain open.

Although this was a setback deepened by concerns over an injury to Callum Hudson-Odoi who was forced off in the first half.

And the strain was on display as Sarri became embroiled in a running dispute with the Burnley coaching staff and Gonzalo Higuain reacted angrily when hauled off in the closing stages to be replaced by Olivier Giroud.

Higuain had performed well and scored his team’s second during a frantic first half-hour which was triggered by Jeff Hendrick’s brilliant strike which gave Burnley the lead in the eighth minute. 

Burnley took a shock lead on eight minutes after midfielder Hendrick nailed a volley from outside the penalty area

Burnley took a shock lead on eight minutes after midfielder Hendrick nailed a volley from outside the penalty area

Ireland international Hendrick slid on his knees to celebrate scoring his third Premier League goal of the season for Burnley

Ireland international Hendrick slid on his knees to celebrate scoring his third Premier League goal of the season for Burnley

Burnley players mobbed Hendrick as the visitors celebrated their opener in front of disappointed Chelsea supporters

Burnley players mobbed Hendrick as the visitors celebrated their opener in front of disappointed Chelsea supporters

But the mood at Stamford Bridge was soon lifted as No 7 Kante fired home with his left foot to make it 1-1 on 12 minutes

But the mood at Stamford Bridge was soon lifted as No 7 Kante fired home with his left foot to make it 1-1 on 12 minutes

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton was at full stretch but was unable to keep out Kante's strike as Chelsea drew level in London

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton was at full stretch but was unable to keep out Kante’s strike as Chelsea drew level in London

Dwight McNeil’s corner was deep to the back post but Cesar Azpilicueta’s header did not clear the danger.

When it dropped on the edge of the penalty area it was met by Hendrick who unleashed a volley which dipped and faded as it flashed past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Burnley’s set-pieces and aerial strength would cause further problems for a Chelsea defence still without injured centre-half Antonio Rudiger but Sarri’s team were potent in attack and soon level.

A change of pact through midfield by Ruben Loftus-Cheek and a jinking run by Eden Hazard created the equaliser. Hazard twisted full-back Matt Lowton inside and out before rolling a low cross into the path of Kante, who smashed it past Tom Heaton with his left foot.

Chelsea have not reacted well to going behind this season. Only twice have they turned losing positions into victories but, two minutes later, they were ahead.

It was another terrific strike, this time from Higuain, who accepted a pass from Jorginho, turned neatly inside the penalty area, exchanged passes with Azpilicueta and drove a shot in off the bar.

It was only his fourth Premier League goal since arriving on loan from Juventus in January.

He was supposed to make Sarri’s side click and was criticised when his impact was not instant but this front line with Hazard in sublime form to his left and Callum Hudson-Odoi threatening on the right has a pleasing balance. 

Kante was congratulated by Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard, who claimed the assist for the France international's equaliser

Kante was congratulated by Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard, who claimed the assist for the France international’s equaliser

Chelsea went ahead for the first time when Higuain unleashed a fierce right-footed strike which flashed past keeper Heaton

Chelsea went ahead for the first time when Higuain unleashed a fierce right-footed strike which flashed past keeper Heaton

Burnley captain Heaton was unable to stop the blasted effort which hit the underside of the bar before nestling in the net

Burnley captain Heaton was unable to stop the blasted effort which hit the underside of the bar before nestling in the net 

Striker Higuain looked delighted as he celebrated his fourth goal since joining Chelsea on loan from Serie A in January

Striker Higuain looked delighted as he celebrated his fourth goal since joining Chelsea on loan from Serie A in January

Higuain bustled with promise from the outset. Ben Mee produced an acrobatic clearance to deny him a goal when the game was still goalless.

Hudson-Odoi limped off before the half-time interval to be replaced by Pedro, by which time Burnley were level again, from another set-piece.

This time it was a free-kick, angled deep into the Chelsea penalty box from wide on the right by Ashley Westwood.

Mee won the ball in the air, heading it back across goal where it was glanced on by Chris Wood and finished on the volley from close range by Ashley Barnes, completely unmarked.

It was a seventh goal in 12 Premier League appearances for Barnes, once an unlikely transfer target for Chelsea when Antonio Conte was searching for a robust centre forward.

And he now has one more Premier League goal than John Barnes (28), Harvey Barnes (one) and Giles Barnes (one) combined.

Chelsea rolled forward again. A sweetly struck effort by Jorginho was headed clear by Barnes, Hazard wasted a good opportunity, missing the target when in on an angle and another fierce drive by Higuain was only a foot off target. 

No 10 Barnes drew Burnley level at 2-2 as he slid in to slot the ball beyond the reach of Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

No 10 Barnes drew Burnley level at 2-2 as he slid in to slot the ball beyond the reach of Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

Barnes celebrated inside the Chelsea penalty area while Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta looked at his goalkeeper

Barnes celebrated inside the Chelsea penalty area while Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta looked at his goalkeeper

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa looked dejected as Burnley's players celebrated in the background behind him at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa looked dejected as Burnley’s players celebrated in the background behind him at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea were dealt a blow when youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi picked up an injury which forced him off before half time

Chelsea were dealt a blow when youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi picked up an injury which forced him off before half time 

By half time, they had registered 13 attempts at goal and, on the touchline, Sarri became increasingly agitated by what he saw as a deliberate tactic by the visitors to disrupt the rhythm of his team.

With little more than half an hour gone, Burnley keeper Heaton was booked for time-wasting as he took his time over a goal kick and the Chelsea manager was locked in a niggly dispute with Sean Dyche’s assistant Ian Woan.

More words were exchanged and fingers jabbed in the second half when referee Kevin Friend waved play on when Sarri wanted a free kick for a challenge by Charlie Taylor on Pedro.

Fourth official Roger East was getting it in the ear from the Italian.

Mateo Kovacic replaced Kante during the interval although on the pitch the pattern and breathless tempo of the game did not change.

Heaton saved from Higuain at one end while, at the other end, Wood missed the chance to punish Jorginho for a misplaced pass in midfield.

Emerson whistled another shot wide of the Burnley goal and Azpilicueta was denied by Heaton.

Burnley left with the point they came for and celebrated at the end.

Hudson-Odoi was consoled by team-mates Azpilicueta and Hazard before leaving the field in a 41st-minute substitution

Hudson-Odoi was consoled by team-mates Azpilicueta and Hazard before leaving the field in a 41st-minute substitution

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri (centre) was often animated on the touchline during what was a frustrating night for him

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri (centre) was often animated on the touchline during what was a frustrating night for him

And 60-year-old Italian Sarri was sent off in stoppage time, meaning he had to leave his dugout before the final whistle

And 60-year-old Italian Sarri was sent off in stoppage time, meaning he had to leave his dugout before the final whistle

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