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Huddersfield seal survival as Chelsea's top-four hopes fade

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Huddersfield seal survival as Chelsea's top-four hopes fade

Huddersfield seal survival as Chelsea's top-four hopes fade

GLYN KIRK

AFP

Chelsea's late Champions League charge was dealt a major blow as Huddersfield Town held the Blues, in doing so securing their Premier League status.

Chelsea suffered a heavy blow in their late-season push for a Champions League spot when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Wednesday - a result that ensured the Terriers' top-flight survival.

Depoitre gives visitors lead, Alonso levels for Blues

Huddersfield, who needed a point to be certain of avoiding relegation, took a shock lead in the 50th minute when a long ball from Aaron Mooy found Laurent Depoitre who won a challenge with Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero on the edge of the box and put the ball in the empty net.

It was Huddersfield's first attempt on goal and Chelsea were back level 13 minutes later when a defensive clearance struck Marcos Alonso on the head and rebounded into the net.

Chelsea kept up the pressure as they pushed for a winner and Huddersfield keeper Jonas Lossl turned a header by Andreas Christensen on to the post.

Antonio Conte cuts a disappointed figure after Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Huddersfield.

Huddersfield safe, Chelsea remain in fifth

But the visitors held on to secure their Premier League status and Chelsea remained outside the Champions League spots in fifth place with one game left in the season.

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