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VIDEO: Salah makes late appearance as Chelsea held to a point by West Brom
The match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion ended in a 1-1 draw as Salah saw just under eight minutes of playing time on Tuesday night.
Chelsea started the fixture on top of the English Premier League table with a one point difference above second placed Arsenal and two points ahead of third placed Manchester City.
Egypt’s Mohamed Salah was once again on the bench after debuting for the Blues over the weekend against Newcastle.
In a must win game for Chelsea, if they were to remain top of the table after the fixture, they started attacking fairly early with Willian winning a free kick on the left wing 7 minutes into the game. A minute later, Ivanovic tried his luck with a shot from outside the penalty area, but the ball ended up to the right of Foster’s goal.
The next 10 minutes went by fairly quietly with West Brom winning a free kick in their defensive half and Berahino being caught offside in the 12th minute. Seven minutes minutes later Samuel Eto’o was caught offside as Azpilicueta tried a through ball.
The first corner of the game went to Chelsea at the 21st minute. A minute later, James Morrison won a free kick for West Bromwich in Chelsea’s half. Possession returned to Chelsea as Hazard won a free kick in their own half.
At the 26th minute, Willian had a near shot from outside the penalty area as Ivanovic passed him the ball. West Bromwich attacked back just a minute later as Chris Brunt missed with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.
Chelsea won two back to back corners at the 31st and 32nd minutes without posing any real threat to Foster’s net. Just a minute later, Ramires was fouled by Theivy in an event that lead to the game being delayed for 2 minutes because of Ramires’ injury.
Ramires won a corner for Chelsea on the 39th minute as his shot deflected of Chirs Brunt. Just a minute later, Morgan Amalfitano was shown the yellow card a bad foul on Hazard on the left wing. The set piece resulted in Willian receiving the ball out of the penalty area and having a shot that went just over the bar.
A Ramires cross saw Eto’o try a shot from the middle of the box that was blocked by the West Bromwich defense in the 43rd minute.
With half-time approaching, Chelsea won a corner. The ball was played out of danger by the West Bromwich defense which saw Chelsea winning another corner. The corner was played as David Luiz flicked the ball into the six-yard box and was met by a powerful right-footed shot from Ivanovic as the ball hit the back of the net.
Just as the second half began, Oscar missed a shot from outside the penalty area. Eto’o was denied by West Bromwich goalkeeper as his attempt was saved from the bottom right corner. Less than a minute later, Claudio Yacob was shown a yellow card.
The first substitution of the night came in the 63rd minute as Youssuf Mulumbu came on to replace the injured Claudio Yacob. a minute later West Bromwich won their first corner of the night.
On the 66th minute, Willian was booked for a bad foul 0n Craig Dawson in West Bromwich’s half. After a minute, Hazard passed the ball on to Eto’o who had his shot miss the goal to the left and was then substituted for Fernando Torres who made a comeback from an injury that saw him stay on the sidelines for 3 weeks.
The game fired up with West Bromwich missing 2 shots and Willian having an attempt saved in the period of 3 minutes. A minute later West Bromwich made their second substitution of the night as Nigerian international Victor Anichebe replaced Morgan Amalfitano.
West Bromwich were now attacking in full force as they were looking for the equalizer against a Chelsea side that seemed to stay back and try to defend its lead.
At the 76 minute mark Ivanovic was shown his first and the 3rd yellow card of the night. Chelsea went on the attack in the next few minutes as Torres was fouled in West Brom’s half and David Luiz took the set piece but his shot went too high.
Matej Vydra replaced Theivy on the 77th minute, meanwhile Chelsea’s Mourinho substituting Oscar for Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel to keep try and defend his lead.
David Luiz was booked on the 81st minute for a bad Challenge on substitute Victor Anichebe. 5 minutes later, the same player Luiz fouled found the back of Peter Cech’s net. The player was then showed the yellow card for excessive celebration.
Salah Makes Late Appearance
On the 88th minute Matic was shown the yellow card as Salah came on for Ramires in a futile attempt by Mourinho to grab the winner.
Six minutes were added as extra time and Chelsea won a corner in the final minute but Foster got hold of the ball as the referee blew his whistle to end the game.
Salah had an event-less game as he came on too late to have any impact.