May 9, 2018 / 8:48 PM / 2 months ago

Soccer-Chelsea draw with Huddersfield as Champions League hopes fade

* Chelsea held at home by struggling Huddersfield

* Draw was a major blow to Chelsea’s Champions League hopes

* Huddersfield took a shock lead through Depoitre in 50th minute

* Alonso drew Chelsea level in 62nd minute

* Huddersfield held on to secure Premier League status Chelsea visit Newcastle next; Huddersfield host Arsenal

CHELSEA 1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1

May 9 (Reuters) - Chelsea suffered a heavy blow in their late-season push for a Champions League spot when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to struggling Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Huddersfield, who needed a point to be sure of avoiding relegation, took a shock lead in the 50th minute when a long ball from Aaron Mooy found Laurent Depoitre who won a challenge with Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero on the edge of the box and put the ball in the empty net.

It was Huddersfield’s first attempt on goal and Chelsea were back level 13 minutes later when a defensive clearance struck Marcos Alonso on the head and rebounded into the net.

Chelsea kept up the pressure as they pushed for a winner and Huddersfield keeper Jonas Lossl turned a header by Andreas Christensen on to the post.

But the visitors held on to secure their Premier League status and Chelsea remained outside the Champions League spots in fifth place with one game left in the season.

Reporting by William Schomberg, editing by Ed Osmond

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