Chelsea 1-1 Everton: Jarrad Branthwaite equaliser gives Toffees hard-earned point


Everton goal
Only Arsenal (20) have had more different teenage goalscorers in the Premier League than Everton, with Jarrad Branthwaite the 19th for the Toffees

Chelsea missed a chance to move two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City as a depleted Everton side earned a superb point at Stamford Bridge.

England midfielder Mason Mount gave the hosts a deserved lead in the 70th minute with a calm finish past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford following Reece James’ pass.

But Everton equalised four minutes later when 19-year-old defender Jarrad Branthwaite, in his first league appearance of the season, converted at the back post after Anthony Gordon’s free-kick.

Thiago Silva had a chance to win it for the hosts but saw his powerful header superbly saved by Pickford.

It was an impressive performance from the England international as he also kept out earlier efforts from Christian Pulisic, James, Jorginho and three strikes from Mount when it was goalless.

Two points dropped for Chelsea, but Everton fight hard for point

Chelsea, aiming to win the Premier League title for the first time since 2016-17, will be left wondering how they failed to get the three points in a match where they had 80% possession and had 23 shots.

The result leaves them third, four points behind leaders City, with Everton staying 14th.

But Rafael Benitez, back at Stamford Bridge after a spell as Chelsea manager in 2012-13, will have been delighted with the effort and desire from his Everton side, who were without 12 players because of injury or illness.

The Spaniard had to make five changes from the weekend, with Demarai Gray, Salomon Rondon and Fabian Delph ruled out because of illness, while Richarlison and Andros Townsend had joined a lengthy injury list, which already included Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies and Yerry Mina.

That led to Benitez handing a first-team debut to 20-year-old striker Ellis Simms, with Branthwaite making only his second Everton appearance.

Before the match, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel confirmed that strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, as well as winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, had tested positive for Covid-19, while another forward, Kai Havertz, was also not in the squad while awaiting a Covid test result.

Chelsea missed those strikers as they were regularly frustrated by Pickford, with Mount and James shooting just wide and the impressive Hakim Ziyech narrowly missed the target on three occasions.

It was a similar situation after the break with Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger all missing chances as the home fans became restless.

Mount’s goal settled their nerves but Everton showed superb character to equalise four minutes later with Gordon’s free-kick from deep finding Branthwaite, sliding in, to snatch a leveller.

Player of the match

BranthwaiteJarrad Branthwaite

Chelsea

  1. Squad number19Player nameMount

  2. Squad number24Player nameJames

  3. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  4. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger

  5. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  6. Squad number22Player nameZiyech

  7. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  8. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek

  9. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  10. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

  11. Squad number3Player nameAlonso

  12. Squad number14Player nameChalobah

  13. Squad number18Player nameBarkley

  14. Squad number17Player nameSaúl

Everton

  1. Squad number32Player nameBranthwaite

  2. Squad number1Player namePickford

  3. Squad number24Player nameGordon

  4. Squad number61Player nameDobbin

  5. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey

  6. Squad number5Player nameKeane

  7. Squad number50Player nameSimms

  8. Squad number62Player nameOnyango

  9. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré

  10. Squad number2Player nameKenny

  11. Squad number25Player nameGbamin

  12. Squad number21Player nameAndré Gomes

  13. Squad number4Player nameHolgate

  14. Squad number17Player nameIwobi

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16Mendy
  • 28AzpilicuetaSubstituted forChalobahat 79′minutes
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 24James
  • 12Loftus-CheekBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBarkleyat 65′minutes
  • 5JorginhoBooked at 59mins
  • 3AlonsoSubstituted forSaúlat 65′minutes
  • 19Mount
  • 22Ziyech
  • 10Pulisic

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 4Christensen
  • 7Kanté
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 14Chalobah
  • 17Saúl
  • 18Barkley
  • 31Sarr

Everton

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Kenny
  • 4HolgateBooked at 21mins
  • 5Keane
  • 32Branthwaite
  • 22Godfrey
  • 17Iwobi
  • 16Doucouré
  • 21André GomesBooked at 64minsSubstituted forGbaminat 71′minutes
  • 24GordonSubstituted forOnyangoat 90′minutes
  • 50SimmsSubstituted forDobbinat 62′minutesBooked at 77mins

Substitutes

  • 6Allan
  • 15Begovic
  • 23Coleman
  • 25Gbamin
  • 31Lonergan
  • 61Dobbin
  • 62Onyango

Referee:
Michael Oliver

Attendance:
13,933

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