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  • Writer's pictureBy Paul Lagan at Stamford Bridge

Last-gasp penalty from Jorginho downs fiery Leeds 3-2 in titanic tussle at Stamford Bridge

By Paul Lagan at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 3 v Leeds United 2

Jorginho caressed home two penalties, the second a last-minute effort, that saw the Blues nick a tense, tough and occasionally fiery encounter 3-2 against Leeds United at Stamford Bridge.

The visitors took the lead from the penalty spot through Raphinha before Mason Mount equalised.

Jorginho put the Blues into the lead early in the second half from the spot before being pegged back with seven minutes left on the clock.

Then four minutes into added time, the Brazil-born Italian midfielder kept his nerve and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot again.

The game erupted at the end as tempers boiled over - with Leeds’ Junior Firpo and Kai Havertz squaring up twice, both times their heads locked horns.

Toni Rudiger, always someone to stand up for fellow team-mates rolled in with a push and a shove of his own and had to be contained from doing anymore damage.

In truth this was a sub-par performance from the Blues who have had a bad week following last week’s defeat at West Ham and a midweek 3-3 draw in the Champions League.

The once impenetrable defence has now conceded eight goals in three matches and head coach Thomas Tuchel will be scratching his head as to why his charges have drifted from the top of the Premier League to third with challenges coming up on the rails.

Chelsea started well. Pushing the famously high-pressing Leeds back into their final third. Illan Meslier made a couple of saves with his feet, foiling Timo Werner and Mason Mount.Reece James attempted a cheeky Free-kick on seven minutes, but while it could have fooled Meslier, it wasn’t accurate enough and inched past his right post.

A Raphinha left-footer on 15 minutes from the edge of the Chelsea looked like it as going wide, but James made sure, hacking it away for a corner.

Raphinha tried an audacious free-kick of his own on 20 minutes - this time the ball was on target, and Mendy did well to tip it away from the top left hand corner of his net.

Leeds were awarded a penalty on 28 minutes when Alonso was late in a challenge on Daniel James and referee Chris Kavanagh rightly awarded a spot kick. VAR confirmed the decision.

Up stepped Raphinha who cooly slotted home past Mendy.

Against the run of play, the Blues equalised with four minutes from the break. Alonso won the ball on the left off Stuart Dallas, raced to the byline, and cut the ball back to in-running Mason Mount, who sweep the ball into the net from the six-yard box with his left boot.

Meslier thwarted Havertz deep into added time, kicking away the ball away for a corner when put though.

There were no changes by either side at half-time.

Chelsea got a deserved penalty on 56 minutes when Raphinha challenged Toni Rudiger on the byline.

But Renee Kavanagh had originally given a corner. VAR intervened, Kavanagh was sent to check the side monitor, and rightly overturned his clear and obvious mistake.

Jorginho comfortably pit the spot kick away.

Chelsea coach Th/o as Tuchel opted to bring on defender Andrea Christensen and wide man Callum Hudson-Odoi, in order to shore up the defensive side of their game.

But the reverse reverse occurred and Leeds stared to dominate possession and attacks. And it was no surprise that tenBlues conceded their eight goal in three games, to allow Leeds an equaliser with seven minutes left on the clock.

A fine break on the left saw the ball arrowed across the chelsea six yard box and substitute Joe Gelhardt was on the spot to steer the ball home past Mendy.

Romelu Lukaku was brought on for Alonso three minutes later as Tuchel went for the win.

As the clock ticked over into added time, substitute Mateus Kitchen upended Rudiger in his penalty area.

VAR had a look but it as an easy decision to confirm.

Jorginho too the spit kick and sent Meslier the wrong way to put the Blues 3-2 up in the 94th minute.

All hell broke out at the whisk;e with Junior Firpo and Havertz clashing heads twice with Rudiger jumping in to have go at any white shirt who crossed him.

The Blues are back at The Bridge on Thursday when the face Everton.

Teams: Chelsea, Mendy, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Silva, Werner, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, James, Azpilicueta, Havertz.

Subs: Kepa, Christensen, Lukaku, Pulisic, Saul, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Sarr

Leeds United: Meslier, Ayling, Firpo, Forshaw, Raphinha, Roberts, Llorente, Dallas, James, Harrison, Shackleton

Subs: Klaesson, Gelhardt, Cresswell, Drameh, Summerville, McKinstry, Klich, McCarron, Jenkins

Referee: Chris Kavanagh


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