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Chelsea squander two-goal lead to draw Sheffield United, Man. City outclass Brighton

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Chelsea squander two-goal lead to draw Sheffield United, Man. City outclass Brighton

Chelsea wasted a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with newly-promoted Sheffield United on Saturday, leaving manager Frank Lampard still looking for his first home win.

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham got his name on the score-sheet at Stamford Bridge for the first time with two first-half goals.

Abraham, one of several players from Chelsea’s youth academy given a chance by Lampard, slotted home in the 19th minute when Sheffield keeper Dean Henderson failed to gather the ball under pressure from Christian Pulisic.

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Abraham doubled Chelsea’s lead in the 43rd minute when he capitalised on a defensive mix-up.

But the visitors pulled a goal back immediately after half-time when Callum Robinson converted a cross from Enda Stevens and equalised in the 89th minute when Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma netted past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Meanwhile, a Sergio Aguero double helped Manchester City maintain an unbeaten Premier League run dating back to January, in a 4-0 victory over Brighton on Saturday.

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City took just 69 seconds to establish their dominance with a goal from Kevin De Bruyne fired City. Aguero finally added a second on 40 minutes.

Early in the second half, as the visitors looked to reduce arrears, a masterful third City goal from Aguero on 54 minutes killed off all hope of a comeback. Substitute Bernardo Silva scored City’s fourth after 78 minutes

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Defender Aymeric Laporte who has been called into Didier Deschamps’ squad this week and hoping to win his first cap for France, twisted his knee awkwardly in halting Webster’s run and required lengthy treatment before being stretchered off and replaced by Fernandinho.

 

Reuters

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