Thursday, December 6, 2018 7:46 am
Diogo Jota scored his first English Premier League goal as Wolverhampton Wanderers came from behind to stun title hopefuls Chelsea 2-1 at Molineux on Wednesday.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek gave the visitors a halftime lead but two goals in four minutes from Raul Jimenez and Jota turned the match in favour of the hosts.
But they were claiming their first win in two months.
Chelsea trail league leaders Manchester City by 10 points and will host Pep Guardiola’s side on Saturday.
Wolves climb to 12th and will be relieved to have brought their horror run of form to an end.
Chelsea went ahead on 18 minutes when Loftus-Cheek scored for the second match in a row.
His shot from outside the box deflected into the Wolves goal by the head of home captain Conor Coady.
The visitors had a strong call for a penalty kick turned down minutes after halftime when Alvaro Morata was clattered from behind as he seemed destined to score.
But it was the home side who found the back of the net on the hour-mark.
The impressive Morgan Gibbs-White fed Jimenez, who had a lot to do from a tight angle but drilled the ball past Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Four minutes later the home side were ahead when Matt Doherty provided a low cross that was tapped in at the back post by Jota.
In another match in the English Premier League, Fulham moved off the bottom of the table with a 1-1 draw against Leicester City on Wednesday.
But they will rue being unable to hold on to their lead and secure their first clean sheet of the season.
Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri had his name sung by the visiting supporters, having guided Leicester to the English Premier League title in 2016.
But it was the home fans who were the loudest three minutes before halftime as Aboubakar Kamara fired home an angled shot after being played in by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Fulham went into the game with the worst goal difference in the league having conceded 35 goals in 14 matches.
But they peppered Kasper Schmeichel’s goal with shots, registering 23 attempts.
They were made to pay for their profligacy when James Maddison found the bottom left corner after 74 minutes, his second goal in as many games.
Other results show Everton drawing 1-1 with Newcastle United while Burnley lost 1-3 to visiting Liverpool.
Manchester United drew 2-2 with Arsenal, while Tottenham beat Southampton 3-1.