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Alonso earns Chelsea crucial point at Old Trafford

28 Apr 2019
Manchester United v Chelsea

Spaniard cancels out Juan Mata's opener in 1-1 draw that strengthens Blues' hopes of top-four finish and deals blow to Man Utd's

Chelsea strengthened their hold on a top-four place after coming from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

Juan Mata gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s hosts an 11th-minute lead after a sharp passing move down the left flank and a pull-back from Luke Shaw.

But Chelsea equalised just before half-time, with Marcos Alonso pouncing when goalkeeper David De Gea spilled Antonio Rudiger’s long-range effort.

How they stand

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
3 CHE 38 +24 72
4 TOT 38 +28 71
5 ARS 38 +22 70
6 MUN 38 +11 66

Both sides had a chance in stoppage time, with Pedro clearing Marcos Rojo's header off the line and De Gea denying Gonzalo Higuain, but the points were shared.

It means none of the four contenders for the final two UEFA Champions League places have won this weekend, after Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 defeat by West Ham United and Arsenal’s 3-0 loss at Leicester City.

Chelsea stay fourth with two matches to play, two points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal. Man Utd remain sixth but close to within a point of the Gunners.

See: Man Utd reportChelsea report

Next fixtures

Man Utd: 5 May v Huddersfield (A)
Chelsea: 5 May v Watford (H)

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