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EPL English Premier LeagueChelsea 2-1 Watford

Chelsea 2-1 Watford

As Chelsea beat relegated Watford 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, Ross Barkley scored a stoppage-time winner.

In Roy Hodgson’s farewell game in charge, Dan Gosling seemed to have saved a point for the Hornets by cancelling out Kai Havertz’s first-half score.

However, at Stamford Bridge, Barkley stole the win by heading in Reece James’ 91st-minute cross.

Starting lineup:

CHELSEA (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, N’Golo Kante, Saul Niguez, Kenedy; Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount.

SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho, Romelu Lukaku, Christian Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trevoh Chalobah, Ross Barkley, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr.

WATFORD (4-3-3): Daniel Bachmann; Kiko Femenia, Christian Kabasele, Samir, Hassane Kamara; Moussa Sissoko, Edo Kayembe, Tom Cleverley; Joao Pedro, Joshua King, Ken Sema.

SUBS: Rob Elliot, Jeremy Ngakia, William Troost-Ekong, Adam Masina, Craig Cathcart, Dan Gosling, Juan Hernandez, Francisco Sierralta, Kwadwo Baah.

Goals:

HAVERTZ!!! 1-0 CHELSEA! It’s been coming! Following a neat build-up, Kenedy drills a low ball across the face of the goal, where unmarked Havertz ghosts in to apply the finishing touch.

1-1!!! GOSLING EQUALISES! Masina is found in acres of space on the left. He crosses to the far post, where an unmarked Gosling heads past Mendy.

BARKLEY!!! 2-1 CHELSEA! The hosts regained the lead in the first minute of stoppage time. Since coming on, Barkley, who has been impressive, is in the right place to head home from James’ cross.

Thomas Tuchel post-match reation:

“It looked like we almost gave it away again at the end and had another draw at home, but we came back strongly.

“Reece and Ross turned it around in our favour. I’m happy for Ross to score on his 100th game in a Chelsea shirt.

“It was a mood changer for us today, and we are happy to end with a win.

“The season was more or less finished for us, so we allowed some players to play who didn’t have many minutes.

“I was happy they could show up and take a deserved win, which is a significant step-up inconsistency for us.

“We also managed to get [Chilwell] back on the field, which was nice, so overall, I’m happy for a good final day.”

So, what’s next?

A special mention must also go to Mike Dean, who refereed his 561st and final Premier League match today before calling time on a remarkable career.

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