Penalties rescue Chelsea from stubborn Borussia M'gladbach
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Penalties rescue Chelsea from stubborn Borussia M'gladbach

Chelsea came from two goals down to register a 2-2 draw against Bundesliga side Borussia M'gladbach in a match played on Saturday 3rd at Borussia-Park. 

It wasn't the best first-half display from Frank Lampard's men as they were trailing by two goals just before the two sides went for a break. However,  an improved second half saw Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley rescue a draw from the penalty spot after Plea and Hofmann struck in the first half.

Goal 

Borussia M'gladbach took the lead inside 13 minutes of play and it was a defensive nightmare for the Blues. Kepa’s kick out from the back was poor was Alassane Plea was alive to it. He ghosted past a half-hearted challenge from Zouma and slotted it beyond the Spaniard. 

Hofmann goal

Just before halftime, the Bundesliga side extended stretched their lead. It was Plea who turned provider as Chelsea were hit hard on the counter and Hofmann finished past Kepa. 

Penalty

In the second half, Chelsea pulled one back from the penalty kick through Tammy Abraham. It was a contentious penalty as Kovacic went down rather easily in the box under the challenge from Hofmann. The forward stepped up and coolly slotted into the corner, sending Sommer the wrong way. 

Second Penalty

Chelsea were awarded the second penalty in the 86th minute as Mount fooled Tottenham’s on-loan youngster Bennets with a crafty turn. Barkley stepped up to take it and made no mistake with a penalty but needed a bit of good fortune as his low efforted bounced in off the post to level the score. 

Chelsea will now focus on the Premier League, with their first match of the 2019/20 season being against rivals Manchester United at the Old Trafford on 11th August 2019.