A last-gasp equaliser from Diego Costa ensured Guus Hiddink remained undefeated at the Chelsea helm after holding Manchester United to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
- Chelsea 1 Manchester United 1
- Courtois denies Martial the opener
- Blues see penalty appeal waved away
- Lingard gives United the lead
- Costa restores parity at the death
The Red Devils looked on course to record back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time since November after Jesse Lingard broke the deadlock just after the hour mark.
But Costa rescued the Blues in stoppage time as he rounded United goalkeeper David de Gea to tuck home from close range and deny the visitors all three points as Hiddink’s unbeaten run stretched to seven games.
Louis van Gaal’s side failed to capitalise on Manchester City’s slip against Leicester as they remain six points adrift of their neighbours and the top-four, while the defending league champions are unmoved in 13th place.
United got off to a bright start in the capital with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Michael Carrick giving Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois some work to do in the opening stages of the match.
Anthony Martial then forced Courtois into a fine save with his strike from inside the area that was bound for the top-right corner on 18 minutes as the visitors continued to search for an early goal.
The hosts’ first real chance arrived on the half-hour mark when Nemanja Matic got on the end of Willian’s cross, but De Gea was able to keep out his header.
Costa went close with a shot from inside the box on the right that flashed wide of the far post two minutes later, before Oscar fired over from a narrow angle soon afterwards.
Marouane Fellaini was presented with a chance to open the scoring from Daley Blind’s cross five minutes before half-time, but he failed to test Courtois in the home goal.
The hosts then saw appeals for a penalty waved away after John Terry’s shot struck Blind on the arm as the two teams went into the break at level pegging.
The visitors again made a strong start in the second half, with Wayne Rooney producing a save out of Courtois, while Martial shot just wide after going past Branislav Ivanovic.
They were finally rewarded for their efforts on 61 minutes as Lingard beat Courtois with a shot on the turn after Rooney had laid off Borthwick-Jackson’s cross into his path.
The Blues looked to respond with Ivanovic seeing his volley turned aside by De Gea, who then had to be alert to keep out Cesc Fabregas at his near post.
But De Gea would eventually be beaten as Costa took advantage on a slip from Blind, who was ball-watching, to round the Spanish keeper and score from a few yards out.