Burnley 1-2 Chelsea: Blues keep faint Champions League hopes alive with gritty win at Turf Moor
Chelsea players celebrate Victor Moses' winner
Thursday, April 19, 2018
The Clarets kicked off at Turf Moor on the back of a five-match winning run, knowing a sixth would see them leapfrog the Gunners and bring the prospect of guaranteed Europa League football within touching distance.
But Moses produced the first-half cross which spawned Kevin Long's own-goal then drilled home a decisive low shot to make it 2-1 after Ashley Barnes had equalised by unintentionally deflecting a Johann Berg Gudmundsson shot.
Burnley, whose stellar season began with an opening day victory at Stamford Bridge, still have a chance to see more regular Thursday night football by finishing seventh, while three points ensured the Blues had fair reason to toast Antonio Conte's 100th game in charge.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Pedro didn't have his greatest game in a Chelsea shirt, but he showed exactly why he was once teammates with Lionel Messi and Neymar with the moment of magic on the night. With Burnley having a corner, many expected the Spaniard to just hoof the ball clear when it fell to him on the edge of his box. Instead, he flicked it over his head, beat two men and then went on a rampaging run. Scintillating stuff.
STAR MAN – VICTOR MOSES
The former Crystal Palace man showed just why Antonio Conte puts so much faith in him in right-back with that kind of performance. Reminiscent of the Victor Moses from Chelsea's title-winning season last year, the Nigerian was the Blues' biggest threat on the night.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR THEM BOTH IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE?
Burnley: Stoke City (A), Brighton and Hove Albion (H), Arsenal (A), AFC Bournemouth (H)