Chelsea stunned by Everton starlet Jarrad Branthwaite as Rafael Benitez assists Liverpool with unlikely point despite more heroism from Mason Mount in exhausted strike force | Latest News Headlines

Chelsea stunned by Everton starlet Jarrad Branthwaite as Rafael Benitez assists Liverpool with unlikely point despite more heroism from Mason Mount in exhausted strike force

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Everton put a big dent in Chelsea’s title hopes as youngster Jarrad Branthwaite snatched a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues struggled without Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi due to positive COVID-19 tests, but another Mason Mount goal appeared to have won all three points.

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Young Toffees team got an invaluable point

Mount's fourth goal in a row was not enough

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Mount’s fourth goal in a row was not enough

But also exhausted Everton got away with a point thanks to 19-year-old defender Branthwaite’s first senior goal.

Rafael Benitez may have bought some time with traveling Toffees fans, but the result is likely to make him even more popular with ex-club Liverpool.

The Reds extend their lead over the Blues in the title race, having beaten Newcastle shortly after the game ended at Stamford Bridge.

After a series of Premier League cancellations due to ongoing COVID outbreaks, Chelsea and Everton were able to resume their game despite their own absences.

With Christian Pulisic and then Saul Niguez playing in false nine roles, the Blues struggled to be in the forefront in the final third, despite dominating possession and creating plenty of chances.

It was one of those nights for Chelsea

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It was one of those nights for Chelsea

Tuchel was depressed on the sideline

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Tuchel was depressed on the sideline

Mount appeared to have taken them out of a hole yet again by scoring in their fourth consecutive Premier League game after a smart pass from Reece James.

But the young Toffees quickly fought back when Branthwaite landed a magnificent free-kick from Anthony Gordon.

“I can’t tell you how good that free kick was,” former England international Trevor Sinclair said during a comment for talkSPORT 2.

“It’s a superbly stolen ball. And it’s a great finish, he had to stretch every part of his body.

“Mendy didn’t stand a chance, but I have to say, Anthony Gordon! Seeing him evolve this season has been an absolute joy. “

Chelsea lose four points behind league leaders Manchester City and three behind Liverpool, while Everton climbs eight points above the relegation zone.

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