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Eden Hazard salvages point for Chelsea in 1-1 draw with Wolves

Belgian forward smashed the ball past Rui Patricio in the 92nd minute after constant pressure from the home side

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Diogo Jota, left, in action with Chelsea's Eden Hazard. Reuters
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Diogo Jota, left, in action with Chelsea's Eden Hazard. Reuters

An injury-time goal from Eden Hazard salvaged a point for Chelsea against a dogged Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday after Raul Jimenez had put the visitors ahead with one of their only two shots on goal.

Hazard smashed the ball past Rui Patricio in the 92nd minute after constant pressure from the home side, who are bidding for a top-four place.

Chelsea had been stunned in the 57th minute when Jimenez burst out of defence with Diogo Jota and the pair sliced through Chelsea's ranks before the Portuguese laid off the ball from wide for Jimenez to slot home.

Patricio made a sharp save shortly afterwards from striker Gonzalo Higuain and another from Willian in the dying minutes. Chelsea had 22 shots to the visitors' two and also enjoyed 76 per cent of possession.

"Of course we are disappointed. We didn't create a lot of chances and we moved the ball too slowly," Hazard told Sky Sports.

"This type of game, maybe three months ago we'd have lost.

"The spirit is good. When we lost 6-0 to Manchester City, we said there were three or four months left and we have to try and finish in the top four.

"The players are a bit sad because we probably could do better."

Hazard's leveller, his 13th in the league this season, was cruel on Wolves, who were looking to record a double over the West London club having won the reverse fixture at Molineux 2-1 in December.

"We performed well. It was the individual quality of one Chelsea player which allowed them to score," said a dispirited Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

"My players are sad because they know they had it. They've done a fantastic job. We were very organised and played with a great shape."

Updated: March 10, 2019 08:44 PM

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