Week 35--Burnley Grab a Point at Stamford Bridge: Chelsea 2-2 Burnley

By David Shams

Sean Dyche’s Burnley side stormed into Stamford Bridge and stole a point from a club surrounded by turmoil. News has been leaking that star-player Eden Hazard is likely on his way out, headed to Madrid on a transfer.

The game itself, though, started a bit like last Wednesday’s City v Spurs match—four goals within the first 24 minutes. There was a sense there’d be more goals in the match, but the game ended knotted at two goals a piece.

Irish midfielder Jeff Hendrick opened the scoring, volleying a poor clearance past Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

But, four minutes later N’Golo Kante finished off a back pass from Hazard to bring the score level. And two minutes after that, Gonzalo Higuain blasted his shot into the back of the net after a quick give and go with Cesar Azpilicueta.

Chelsea’s lead lasted only ten minutes before a well worked set piece saw Ashley Barnes sidefoot the ball home from close range after being left all alone on the back post.

The second half was much more tame, though. Chelsea pressed while Burnley played a low block.

Unfortunately, Callum Hudson-Odoi had to be helped off the pitch after picking up what looked like a muscle injury in the first half. He tried to play on for a minute or two, but was unable to carry on.

Tensions flared around the final whistle. Maurizio Sarri was sent to the locker room after an altercation with referee Kevin Friend. Sarri had strayed several meters from his technical area during a shoving match near Chelsea’s box. Whatever tensions that existed continued after the final whistle when players and staff from both teams had to be separated just outside the tunnel.

David is the founder of DC Soccer Digest. He lives in Washington, DC.

Head It In, "Wood" You: Burnley 2-0 Cardiff

By Juan Aguerrevere

Both Sean Dyche and Neil Warnock practice the same philosophy: big men up front and quick players in wide positions to bombard the opposition's box. You can almost hear them yelling, ‘PUT IT IN THE MIXER!’

The Clarets got off to a solid start by almost capitalizing from a free-kick. Dwight McNeil delivered a cross toward the second post cleared poorly by Sean Morrison and almost finished off by Chris Wood who hit the post. Minutes later, McNeil delivered another cross from a corner and this time Wood made the best of it by losing his mark and heading past Neil Etheridge. 

Neil Warnock almost lost his cool once again after Mike Dean denied two consecutive handball allegations inside the box early in the second half. Despite that the Blue Birds kicked into high gear creating chances several chanes. Harry Arter barely missed a shot that went over the post and Junior Hoilett sent his open shot over cross bar.

Cardiff players and Warnock felt robbed of a penalty again when Aron Gunnarson was taken down softly by Charlie Taylor in the box. If that wasn't enough, in added time players screamed one last time for a penalty thinking that a shot hit James Tarkowski's hand when it really hit his knee.

A deflected cross by McNeil was finished by Wood in the ninty-seventh to close out the game.

Burnley secured another season in the Premier League leaving Cardiff City to continue their fight to avoid relegation. 

Juan is a senior at the University of Florida. He is an aspiring sports writer, analyst, and commentator.