Brady stunner holds Chelsea

Burnley managed to hold league-leaders Chelsea to a 1-1 draw in their English Premier League encounter at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.

  • Burnley 1 Chelsea 1
  • Pedro opens the scoring
  • Brady stunner makes it 1-1
  • Clarets maintain third best home record

Match summary

Pedro opened the scoring for Chelsea as early as the seventh minute for the title hopefuls before Robbie Brady's stunning free-kick mid-way through the first-half drew Burnley level.

Both sides had chances to win the game in the second-half but duly settled for a point a-piece.

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The Blues move 10 points clear at the top but have to settle for a point at Turf Moor… ⚽ #CFC #Chelsea

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Chelsea knew coming into this fixture that they were visiting a fortress, with the Clarets boasting the third best home record in the league with nine wins in 13 games.

However, their swift counter-attacking play led by tireless right-wing back Victor Moses saw Pedro opening the scoring in the seventh minute.

The Nigeria international picked up a loose ball in his own half and drove forward on a marauding run at the home sides' defence before laying off a fizzing ball to Pedro.

The former Barcelona forward did well to compose himself and hold off a challenge from the Burnley defence to slot home past Tom Heaton.

@_pedro17_ celebrates after scoring today's opening goal! It's 1-1 here at Turf Moor… #CFC #Chelsea

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With the Blues having one of the best defensive records in the league, it seemed a mere formality for Antonio Conte's side to go on and dominate the fixture, but January signing Brady had other ideas.

Mid-way through the first-half the Ireland international stepped up to a set-piece about 25-yards out and smashed an unstoppable curling effort into the top corner of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' net.

Shortly after there were chances at both ends as the game opened up with Matthew Lowton nearly finding his side's second with a low shot at Courtois before a Diego Costa-led counter almost resulted in a Chelsea goal, however, it was one touch too many and the Clarets dealt with the danger.

In the second-half, the home side's midfield totally dominated, with Nemanja Matic in particular looking uncharacteristically off the pace.

But the fighting spirit of Conte on the sideline resonated with his squad as they kept Sean Dyche's side at bay for most of the half – recording their third draw of the season.

Chelsea remain on top of the table, ten points ahead of Tottenham, while Burnley rise to 12th at the expense of Watford.