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Ruben Loftus-Cheek becomes the latest Chelsea late-game hero

Ruben Loftus-Cheek came through for Chelsea in stoppage time on Sunday, as we turned a potential defeat into three points with a remarkable victory at Cardiff City.

Having trailed for much of the second half, the Blues got back on level terms through skipper Cesar Azpilicueta in the 84th minute before substitute Loftus-Cheek headed home Willian’s cross in added time to secure a stunning 2-1 win.

While the 23-year-old admitted it was the first time he had scored a last-minute winner in his career, there have been a number of others who have netted crucial late goals for the Blues in recent seasons...


 

Diego Costa
West Ham & Watford – August 2016

Diego Costa made an impressive start to our Premier League-winning campaign in 2016/17, scoring late winners in our first two matches. In our season opener, he rifled a low effort from outside the box into the bottom corner in the 89th minute to secure a 2-1 victory over West Ham United at Stamford Bridge. Five days later, he capped a 2-1 comeback win at Watford, running on to Cesc Fabregas’ inch-perfect through ball in the 87th minute and slotting past Hornets goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

 

Marcos Alonso
Tottenham Hotspur – August 2017

Having given us the lead against Spurs with a fantastic free-kick, Marcos Alonso came through again in the closing minutes to seal a memorable win in the derby match at Wembley. An own-goal by Michy Batshuayi in the 82nd minute had cancelled out our advantage but Alonso came up with another crucial strike two minutes from time when he was played in on the left channel by Pedro and drilled a low shot beneath Hugo Lloris to seal a 2-1 victory.

 

Michy Batshuayi
Atletico Madrid – September 2017

Michy Batshuayi finished off a wonderfully constructed goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time to secure a 2-1 away win at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. With the fans at the Wanda Metropolitano baying for the final whistle, the Blues exchanged a series of short passes on the edge of the box, stretching the Atletico defence until Batshuayi was left completely unattended in the six-yard box to turn Alonso’s low cross past Jan Oblak.


 

Alvaro Morata
Bournemouth – December 2017

Bournemouth looked to have forced extra-time in the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge when Dan Gosling equalised in the final minute of the game. But straight from the kick-off, Chelsea charged upfield with Davide Zappacosta’s long pass picking out Eden Hazard, who drew the Cherries defenders towards himself before back-heeling the ball into the path of an unmarked Alvaro Morata to net the winning goal.

 

Ross Barkley
Manchester United - October 2018

It may not have been a winner but Ross Barkley’s 96th-minute equaliser in our 2-2 draw against Manchester United earlier this season was just as sweet and epitomised the battling spirit of the Blues. It was also a case of persistence ultimately being rewarded, as Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross was nodded against the upright by David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger saw his point-blank header saved by David De Gea before Barkley turned the ball in at the third attempt.

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