EPL: Late Barkley Goal Denies Man Utd Victory Over Chelsea
It was looking like the five-year jinx plaguing Manchester United at Stamford Bridge will be broken on Saturday until a last gasp effort from Ross Barkley helped Chelsea escape what could have been their first defeat of the season in the Premier League.
Barkley scored an injury-time equaliser as Chelsea salvaged a 2-2 draw against Manchester United on a dramatic afternoon at Stamford Bridge.
Anthony Martial had found the back of the net twice as United came from a goal down to lead 2-1, but Jose Mourinho was denied a happy return to his old club when substitute Barkley scrambled home in the fifth of six added minutes.
The United manager then had to be restrained by a steward after reacting angrily to something that appeared to have been said during the Chelsea bench's celebrations.
Antonio Rudiger, who lost Paul Pogba at a corner, had put Chelsea in front, but Martial lashed home to level before the break and produced a superb second that looked to have won the game only for Barkley to strike after David Luiz's header hit the post and Rudiger's follow-up was saved.
The result leaves Chelsea one point clear at the top of the table with closest rivals Manchester City and Liverpool both left to play later today, whereas United's poor record at Stamford Bridge continues to leave them still eighth in the standings.
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