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Watford score just seconds after Richarlison produces worst miss of the season

The Hornets' Brazilian forward assisted Roberto Pereyra's goal moments after missing a simple chance

Richarlison is quickly becoming of the Premier League’s central characters this season.

Watford’s Brazilian forward went from zero to hero (and back again) at Stamford Bridge in the early kick-off when he assisted Roberto Pereya moments after missing the simplest of chances.

The 20-year-old somehow skewed his shot wide when it seemed easy to score than miss…

The cross came in from the right…

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The cross came in from the right…

And Richarlison got ahead of his marker…

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And Richarlison got ahead of his marker…

It was practically an open goal…

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It was practically an open goal…

But he got his feet in a muddle and the ball deflected wide

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But he got his feet in a muddle and the ball deflected wide

Definitely a ‘head in the hands’ moment

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Definitely a ‘head in the hands’ moment

The anguish didn’t last long though.

Less than a minute later Watford took the lead and set them up for another giant-killing victory when Pereya fired past Thibaut Courtois after Richarlison found his team-mate unmarked in the box…

Troy Deeney’s powerful run instigated the attack…

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Troy Deeney’s powerful run instigated the attack…

Richarlison remained composed in the box…

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Richarlison remained composed in the box…

Pereya was able to take a touch before unleashing his shot…

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Pereya was able to take a touch before unleashing his shot…

Goal time!

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Goal time!

Pedro had opened the scoring with a wonderful 25 yard curling effort to settle Antonio Conte’s nerves.

But the Italian gaffer cut a frustrated figure when Abdoulaye Doucoure levelled just before half-time.

It was the Frenchman’s fourth shot of the season and his fourth goal too — now that’s clinical.

100% record

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100% record

Incredibly, Richarlison missed another golden opportunity not long after Pereya had given the visitors the lead.

The ex-Fluminense player headed wide of the goal from around five yards out when under no pressure from any Chelsea defenders.

An afternoon to forget

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An afternoon to forget

And the two misses sadly cost the Hornets dear.

First Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to equalise with an expertly guided header with 20 minutes to play.

Then Cesar Azpilicueta headed/shouldered home at the back post after Willian’s cross proved too much to deal with for Watford.

Batshuayi added a further killer blow in injury time to improve his goal-to-minute ratio even further.

Batman… da na na na na!

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Batman… da na na na na!

Harsh on the visitors but an impressive show of character from the champions when they weren’t at their best.


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