Monday, April 19News For London

Diego Costa rescues point for Chelsea against Manchester United

Guus Hiddink remains undefeated as Chelsea manager after Diego Costa scored a late equalizer against Manchester United. The draw means Chelsea remain in the bottom-half of the league, with United still in fifth six points behind the Champions League places.

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Chelsea’s clash with United at Stamford Bridge put more pressure on Van Gaal (Source: Flickr / EG Focus)

The match at Stamford Bridge was also the first clash between Dutch managers Guus Hiddink and Louis van Gaal. Hiddink, who took over from Jose Mourinho in December, has yet to lose a game, though Sunday’s result means he has now drawn six games in the Premier League. Chelsea are slowly climbing up the table, but are still just seven points above the relegation zone.

As in their previous home match, Chelsea had to battle until the end to earn a draw. United dominated the early stages of play, with Jesse Lingard putting the visitors in front with a stunning first-time shot in the 61st minute. For a long time it looked United would take home the three points, but Diego Costa had other ideas, netting his goal from close range deep into stoppage time.

Hiddink told the BBC that he was glad with the result, “I am happy with the reaction of the team. Manchester United did a good job in the first half and in the beginning of the second, they are not an easy team to beat.”

Louis van Gaal was disappointed his team were unable to hang on to win the game, and the United coach felt they should have won the match.

“I feel we didn’t reward ourselves with a victory because we were the better team. Until the last quarter we played very well and could have scored more goals. But you have to control the game better and we did not do that.”

Sub-edited by Alexandra Vryzakis