Sunday, April 21

Neto’s injury-time winner sinks Chelsea

Portuguese winger Pedro Neto fired in a stoppage-time winner to hand Chelsea back-to-back losses in the Premier League.

Chelsea had a wonderful chance of going top on a night but they couldn’t. Chelsea first lost the lead and then the game as Olivier Giroud put Chelsea in front only for Daniel Podence to level. But Neto still proved to be the hero as he slotted home deep in the 95th minute.

It was a cagey first half with few openings, but two excellent opportunities were produced by Chelsea. In the 19th minute, Giroud had a great chance from Ben Chilwell’s corner, but he headed over. And Kurt Zouma was unfortunate not to hit the back of the net in the last minute of the first half.

Also, Giroud unable to respond fast enough to put away the loose ball. A speculative Neto effort from outside the region was the Wolves’ best chance.
To break the deadlock, Chelsea had to wait just four minutes of the second half.

From the left, Chilwell created a great cross that Giroud first turned toward the goal and Rui Patricio couldn’t keep it. Six minutes later, Fabio Silva thought he had scored his first Premier League goal to set Wolves level. But the flag went up for offside. When Thiago Silva’s attempted headed clearance fell to Podence, the equalizer came in the 66th minute.

Neat footwork before firing past Mendy with a deflection off James, wonderful strike. Wolves thought they had a penalty nine minutes from time when Neto went down inside the box when James attempted to make a challenge. But VAR found the touch to be too fickle to go down. But with just 10 seconds of added time left, Wolves won it. Breaking from a Chelsea attack and Neto showed great composure to slot past Mendy and win the victory.

Chelsea now sit 15th in the League with 22 points and Wolves 10th with 20 points. For Chelsea, it is a sign that when the team has been producing disjointed performances. On a night when Timo Werner and Kai Havertz were especially unsuccessful, the inspiration came from Wolves, from Podence and Neto.

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