Chelsea vs Wolves result: Final score, match report and Premier League game goal highlights as Romelu Lukaku scores and Todd Boehly watches

The start of a new era at Stamford Bridge, which should have been a fresh start from Romelu Lukaku, but ended with a thrilling and largely unavoidable sting in the Wolves tail. The result is in fact more or less the same for Chelsea, whose future off the pitch is now clearer but the struggles continue thanks to Conor Coady’s dramatic header in the 97th minute.

Arsenal can now close the gap to Chelsea and third place to one point with a win over Leeds tomorrow. Thomas Tuchel had called on his team to raise their standards in order to stem this slump, and although the sight of Todd Boehly from his new point of view will be the lasting image of what turned out to be a hectic afternoon, the Chelsea manager now needs a win against Leeds on Wednesday to avoid what turns into a nervy and alarming end to their Premier League season.

Chelsea were on the verge of a fairly comfortable win after Lukaku’s brace – his first Premier League goals since December – but if the twists and turns of the takeover saga were to play out, there would always be a frenetic end.

Francisco Trincao changed the game with his late curler to pull one back after Chelsea were caught on the counterattack. He then saw a shot deflected off the post and Raul Jimenez closed in with a diving volley, while there was also a shout for a penalty after Hwang Hee-Chan fell in the box.

It’s perhaps indicative of the malfunctions in Chelsea’s once-immaculate defensive machine that they got caught up so late – and why the mood changed so suddenly after Trincao’s sublime finish. The equalizer looked like it was coming, as Wolves surged forward, with Coady sinking a header at the back post to spark chaos on the outside.

Boehly watched – that had been quite an introduction – but so did Lukaku then. He had been taken away to a standing ovation and with Stamford Bridge signing his name. Somehow it still wouldn’t be his afternoon.

On the hour mark, as Lukaku scored a wonderful first past Jose Sa to double Chelsea’s lead, it really looked like it would. “He has to happen,” was Tuchel’s vague assessment of what Lukaku needed to do to turn his Chelsea career around.

Winning and scoring a second-half penalty for Chelsea’s breakthrough was a good start. It brought visible relief from Boehly and a chest shot from Lukaku.

What a difference a goal makes, they say, but it certainly does. It lifted the mood but rather masked the fact that so far Chelsea had yet to reach the levels demanded by Tuchel after last Sunday’s soft defeat at Everton.

Tuchel first took charge of Chelsea in a 0-0 draw with Wolves last January – in a game that promised little but marked the start of a remarkable turnaround late in the game. this season. Chelsea have lost a lot of that spark in recent weeks. It should have made the difference, but it ends like another game of frustration and missed opportunities.

They thought they had taken off after Ruben Loftus-Cheek returned the ball to the back post to see it disallowed by VAR for offside. Boehly looked as confused as anyone by the lengthy review, but the outcome of VAR’s second intervention was more to his liking after referee Peter Bankes reversed his initial decision to award a penalty to Romain Saiss who had trips Lukaku into the box.

The penalty was simple, slid into the bottom left corner to send Sa the wrong way, but the point was one of perseverance after chasing down Saiss and forcing the error.

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Lukaku hasn’t allowed himself to give up and hasn’t given up on his Chelsea career yet. Christian Pulisic also didn’t give up the fight in his first league start in two months as he forced another turnover before slotting Lukaku through on goal.

The finish was impeccable and, although it was only his seventh Premier League goal of the season, it looked to be arguably his most important at the time.

Even before his brace, Lukaku was brighter in both his involvement in general play and his goal attempts – but two scuffed first-half shots on goal revealed his lack of confidence. Werner also missed chances, and it was just his luck that when he beat Sa his goal was disallowed for a push on Saiss.

Wolves, deprived of manager Bruno Lage due to a positive Covid test, had a clear game plan. They threatened twice on the counter in the first half, in a warning that Chelsea ignored. The visitors sat deep and were compact, but they were often sloppy in possession and a more ruthless Chelsea side would have put them out.

But Trincao changed the game and as Coady drove Lage crazy as he watched from home in his living room, Chelsea again found himself without the certainty he wanted, just as it seemed he had arrived. .

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