Salah equals Premier League record in historic Reds win

Chelsea missed the opportunity to put pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton.

Amid a dominant display at Stamford Bridge, Mason Mount put the hosts 20 minutes to go with his seventh goal of the season.

But despite the absence of several key players, Everton responded four minutes later with Jarrad Branthwaite’s first strike in the Premier League winning a share of the booty.

Thomas Tuchel’s men now lag City by four points, as they missed the opportunity to close the gap.

Chelsea were undefeated in their last 26 Premier League home games against Everton and dominated the first half with 81.1% possession.

But they struggled to convert that control into goals.

Reece James shot wide after hanging on to Jorginho’s precise deep ball, while fit Mount and Christian Pulisic also moved closer to the hosts, who managed 13 shots against two from Everton before the break.

After scoring three goals in as many league games, Mount created another great opportunity in the 36th minute and forced Jordan Pickford to make a reflex point-blank save.

But there was no denying Mount as Chelsea finally made the breakthrough; the midfielder clung to James’ pass before moving past Pickford.

Nonetheless, Everton didn’t hang around for long as Branthwaite met Anthony Gordon’s deep free-kick with an outstretched leg to deflect Edouard Mendy.

Chelsea almost regained the lead when Thiago Silva’s header was well saved by Pickford, but they were forced to settle for a point.

What does it mean? A missed opportunity for Chelsea

The Blues have won just one of their last four league games at Stamford Bridge and will be disappointed not to have capitalized on their dominance in possession.

Meanwhile, Rafael Benitez will be delighted with the character of his injured team, which ended a four-game losing streak on the road.

History of the Mount

Despite Chelsea’s disappointment, Mount continued his impressive progression in front of goal.

Indeed, the England international has found the net for a fourth consecutive Premier League game, becoming the youngest Blues player to do so.

He also recorded a record six shots and four on target.

Pickford to the rescue

Chelsea were only able to convert one of their 10 shots on target during the game, thanks to Pickford’s heroism.

Everton’s busiest player throughout the 90 minutes with 49 touches and 34 assists – the two highest of any visiting player – the England keeper made nine saves to keep the hosts at bay.

And after?

Chelsea will look to react and get back on their way to victory on Sunday, when they travel to Molineux to face Wolves. After Everton’s clash with Leicester City was postponed, the Toffees are back at Burnley on Boxing Day.


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