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Chelsea Beaten 2-1 By Wolves On Christmas Eve



Chelsea Beaten 2-1 By Wolves On Christmas Eve

(CTN News) – Wolverhampton secured a well-deserved 2-1 victory against Chelsea at Molineux on Sunday, marking the London club’s third defeat in four Premier League matches.

Mario Lemina capitalized on an unmarked opportunity from Pablo Sarabia’s corner early in the second half, rewarding Gary O’Neil’s side for weathering the early pressure and the hosts’ missed chances, particularly from Raheem Sterling.

Chelsea struggled to regain control and failed to make the crucial final pass despite their efforts, with Cole Palmer proving ineffective.

In stoppage time, Wolves took advantage of a poor clearance as Hugo Bueno provided a cross for Matt Doherty to secure their second goal.

Substitute Christopher Nkunku managed to score his first goal for Chelsea in the dying minutes. Still, it wasn’t enough to prevent Mauricio Pochettino’s team from suffering their third consecutive away-league defeat.

Armando Broja missed an early opportunity to score after Raheem Sterling set him up on the right side. He attempted a first-time shot but failed to find the target.

Sterling was Chelsea’s most threatening player in the first half, constantly running at Wolves’ defense and delivering crosses. His best opportunity fell to Jackson, but his touch let him down.

Later, Sterling wasted a chance after pressuring and dispossessing Wolves’ last defender. He had options to pass to Jackson or Palmer but chose to go alone and shot weakly at Jose Sa.

Wolves had their best chances in the first half, with Sarabia and Hwang narrowly missing the target. In the second half, Gomes’ shot deflected off Ugochukwu and hit the post, while Toti forced a great save from Petrovic.

Despite these warnings, Chelsea failed to defend a corner and Lemina scored easily. Pochettino brought on Nkunku, who almost scored but Toti cleared it off the line.

Sterling almost scored again, set up by Palmer on the right after Nkunku’s pass. However, Dawson’s last-ditch block diverted the ball over Sa’s crossbar.

Momentum favored Chelsea, but their growing confidence led to their downfall. In added time, Bueno broke through on the left and Doherty capitalized on Badiashile’s terrible clearance, scoring and igniting the crowd. Nkunku later headed in a cross from Sterling, but only a few Chelsea fans witnessed the goal.

Wolves’ victory moves them up to 11th place, level on points with Chelsea but with a worse goal difference.


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