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Chelsea clinch draw at Frankfurt

Pedro bagged a vital goal on the stroke of halftime to help Chelsea secure a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt in their UEFA Europa League first leg semi-final.

The result means that Chelsea have now set a new Europa League record for the longest unbeaten run in the competition’s history with 16 games.

Luka Jovic’s stunning header in the 23rd minute saw Maurizio Sarri’s side fall behind in Germany, but Pedro levelled for the Premier League side right before halftime (45′).

“We have to play at Stamford Bridge and we want the final. I want to reach the final against any team, Arsenal or Valencia. It’s exactly the same for me, who we play. I don’t want to [just] play the final. I want to win it.

“Three months ago, we were in trouble in a very difficult championship and it’s not easy to react, but we were able to react. Now, in the last 15 days of the season, we are fighting for the top four and the final in the Europa League, so we deserve a trophy” said Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri following the match.

The 1-1 draw puts Chelsea in a decent position to progress to the final ahead of next week’s second leg at Stamford Bridge.

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