Ben Mee’s header earned Premier League strugglers Burnley a surprise point from a 1-1 draw at 10-man Chelsea on Saturday.
Premier League strugglers Burnley earned a shock 1-1 draw at 10-man Chelsea thanks to Ben Mee’s late header at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Chelsea had taken the lead inside the opening quarter of an hour thanks to Branislav Ivanovic’s fourth goal in six games in all competitions, and they looked comfortable for large periods.
However, Nemanja Matic was sent off with 20 minutes remaining for reacting angrily to a challenge from Ashley Barnes – a dismissal which will likely see the midfielder miss the upcoming League Cup final against Tottenham.
Seemingly buoyed by that sending off, Burnley snatched an equaliser with nine minutes to go as Mee rose highest to head in Kieran Trippier’s left-wing corner.
It was a disappointing end to the week for Chelsea, with the club having attracted negative headlines for the racist actions of a small group of supporters in Paris ahead of the UEFA Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
For the visitors, meanwhile, who also came from behind to claim a draw at Manchester City in late December, it represents another potentially crucial point in their fight against relegation.