Man United grab 1-1 draw at Chelsea
LONDON, England (AP):
Ballon d’Or contender Jorginho made amends for an error, leading to Manchester United’s goal, with an equalising penalty for Chelsea in a 1-1 draw in the English Premier League (EPL) yesterday.
Jorginho was around the halfway line when he failed to control Bruno Fernandes’ hooked clearance from the edge of the United penalty area five minutes into the second half. Jadon Sancho nipped in to seize possession and race through on goal before netting his first EPL goal since his arrival in the summer.
The chance for Jorginho to come to Chelsea’s rescue came when Aaron Wan-Bissaka caught the back of Thiago Silva’s leg when clearing the ball.
Jorginho, who missed a penalty when Italy missed out on automatic qualification for the FIFA World Cup earlier this month, found the target this time – sending goalkeeper David de Gea the wrong way in the 69th minute.
Jorginho will discover today whether he has won the Ballon d’Or – European football’s top individual prize.
Manchester City beating fourth-place West Ham meant Chelsea’s lead was cut to one point.
A week after Ole Gunnar Solskjær was fired by United, Michael Carrick has a win – at Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League – and this draw against the EPL leaders from his matches as interim caretaker manager.
After losing five of their last seven league games under Solskjær, United moved within five points of the fourth Champions League place – a welcome platform for Ralf Rangnick to build on. The German is set to take charge until the end of the season after a work permit has been secured.