Brentford hold Chelsea in check


The Brentford side secured a point at home to powerful neighbors Chelsea on Wednesday, ending the visitors’ four-game Premier League winning streak in a scoreless London derby with plenty of initiative but few chances . Brentford striker Ivan Toney, a candidate for Gareth Southgate’s World Cup selection, gave the Chelsea defense a hard time and got his best chance in the ninth minute, forcing Kepa Arrizabalaga to make a fair catch to deflect the ball. Winger Bryan Mbeumo could have given Brentford the lead early in the second half, but his shot from close range went straight for the Chelsea keeper. On the other side, the visitors’ attacking efforts were limited and lukewarm. David Raya saved a sliding shot from Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta in the first half and fended off a shot from Kai Havertz in the 69th minute. Graham Potter’s side finished strongly, with substitute Christian Pulisic forcing Raya into a stunning save in the final five minutes, but Brentford held on for the draw.

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