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Chelsea handed not one but two top four lifelines thanks to favourable decisions

The first goal was DEFINITELY offside

Neil Warnock is understandably furious after that game.

Cardiff had their biggest scalp of the season well within their sights, leading Chelsea 1-0 with just six minutes left.

Three points would have a huge help in Cardiff’s attempt to avoid relegation this year.

You want some?

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You want some?

As the Chelsea fans were singing ‘f*** Sarri-ball’, Maurizio Sarri must have been wondering if he could still afford his expensive cigarette habit when he’s out of a job.

Losing to Cardiff at this stage in the season would have left Chelsea’s top four hopes hanging by a thread and in tandem Sarri’s tenure at Stamford Bridge.

It would have been even harder to explain having inexplicably benched Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante and then leaving Callum Hudson-Odoi on the bench.

All smiles before the game

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All smiles before the game

Thankfully for all the Chelsea fans out there referee Craig Pawson handed them not one but two lifelines to make the Champions League spots with a couple of favourable decisions.

First was Chelsea’s equalising goal.

Willian sends in a corner which is nodded on before Cesar Azpilicueta headed home, no Cardiff players appealed and the way Azpilicueta stepped back in looked fine on first viewing.

However, as soon as the replay was shown it was clear the Spaniard was at least a yard offside and there goal should not have stood.

It was certainly a bitter pill for Warnock to swallow having seen his side lead for most of the match.

That’s offside in anyone’s book

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That’s offside in anyone’s book

As the game became frantic Chelsea could have been reduced to 10 men shortly after they equalised which would have given Cardiff all the initiative to go on and win it.

Kenneth Zohore raced onto a ball over the top and as he looked like he would be Kepa Arrizabalaga to the ball Antonio Rudiger came in and bundled him over.

The referee immediately blew for the free kick and as Rudiger was the last man it seemed fair that he would be seeing red any moment.

But Craig Pawson only brandished a yellow and Chelsea went on to win the game thanks to Ruben Loftus-Cheek header in added time.

Cue Warnock losing his mind on the touchline. 

Lucky boy

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Lucky boy

Warnock shook hands with Sarri and immediately was getting in his face about the dodgy calls.

Then, in a moment which can only be described as pure scenes, Warnock walked onto the pitch and just stood looking at the officials without saying a word.

The Premier League will be a worse place without Warnock

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The Premier League will be a worse place without Warnock

The Mexican stand-off lasted for what seemed like an eternity until the officials had to walk past Warnock.

Never change Neil, never change.


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