Chelsea 1-1 Huddersfield Town: Player Ratings
Goalscorers: Laurent Depoitre 50'; Marcos Alonso 62'
Chelsea were handed a major blow in their quest for securing Champions League football next year, thanks to a brilliant performance from Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge last night. The Terriers were rock solid at the back and the vital point away from home now means that David Wagner's men will still be around in the 2018/19 campaign.
Laurent Depoitre, who started ahead of Steve Mounie on the night, opened the scoring for the visitors when Aaron Mooy found him with a perfect pass. The Belgian easily beat Willy Caballero in the Chelsea goal shortly after the half-time break. However, Chelsea forced the initiative after conceding the opener and were duly rewarded in the 62nd minute when Marcos Alonso pulled things back for the Blues.
In what was a nervy ending, Jonas Lossl just about did enough to deny Andreas Christensen the goal that would have helped the hosts seal all three points, with just under 7 minutes to play. Lossl produced a match-saving performance in goal for Huddersfield, denying Chelsea on numerous occasions.
Without further ado, let's take a closer look at how the players from both sides fared during the game:
Jonas Lossl - 9/10
The Danish shot-stopper produced one of his best ever performances for Huddersfield last night. Lossl made a number of crucial saves to help the visitors hold on as Chelsea continued to push for a winner.
Terence Kongolo - 8/10
The defender, on loan at West Yorkshire, was at the heart of a rock solid Huddersfield rearguard that ensured their place in the top-flight next season. Kongolo produced a solid performance and hardly put a wrong foot.
Christopher Schindler - 7/10
Schindler has been one of Huddersfield's best players over the course of the season and he did not disappoint in the crunch game last night. The defender looked assured at the back and was not shy in putting his body on the line.
Mathias Jorgensen - 7/10
For a majority of the game, he was colossal in the air. It almost seemed like nothing was going to beat him aerially. Jorgensen was very unlucky to concede the equalizer in such a heartbreaking fashion when his clearance hit Alonso and sneaked into the corner of the net.
Tommy Smith - 7/10
The right-back looked comfortable on the flanks and led the rearguard majestically on a memorable night for the Terriers. Smith never looked like switching off at any point and gave everything for the cause, especially after the visitors took the lead.
Chris Lowe - 6/10
Lowe was effective whenever he was called into action and managed to clear his lines without any hesitation. However, he looked a bit weary towards the end of the evening and faded off eventually.
Philip Billing - 7/10
The midfielder managed to put in a decent shift in the middle of the park for the visitors. Billing displayed flashes of brilliance with some neat touches through the middle and contributed effectively.
Aaron Mooy - 9/10
Mooy was simply outstanding on the night and was in top-gear throughout the 90 minutes. He brilliantly picked out Depoitre for the opening goal and was easily Huddersfield's best outfield player on the night.
Jonathan Hogg - 8/10
Hogg played his heart out for the visitors on the night and covered a lot of ground for his side. The midfielder quietly flew under the radar though and was overshadowed by the sheer brilliance of Mooy.
Rajiv van La Parra - 6/10
van La Parra struggled to hold the ball up for the Terriers and hit the ground way too easily in a few instances. The forward struggled without the ball at his feet as well and did nothing noteworthy for the visitors.
Laurent Depoitre - 8/10
The Belgian worked his socks off on the night and scored the opening goal for the visitors. Depoitre chased almost everything down and never looked like running out of fuel.
Alex Pritchard - 6/10
Pritchard replaced van La Parra in the 53rd minute and, despite playing in an unnatural left wing-back position for a while, produced a mature and selfless performance.
Florent Hadergjonaj - 6/10
Hadergjonaj replaced Chris Lowe in the 62nd minute and provided a lot of energy and steel to the Terriers' defence.
Scott Malone - N/A
Came on in the 85th minute to replace Tommy Smith.