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GBR | May 22, 2022

Chelsea beat Watford 2-1 to end turbulent season in third place

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Prospective Chelsea owner Todd Boehly speaks with Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta after the match. (Photo: REUTERS/Tony Obrien)

LONDON (Reuters)

A last-minute goal from substitute Ross Barkley earned Chelsea a 2-1 win over already-relegated Watford today (May 22) in a low-key end to a turbulent season for the London side.

Barkley headed in a Reece James cross three minutes after Watford’s Dan Gosling had equalised for the Hornets.

It was a busy finish to an otherwise unremarkable end-of-term game. Germany’s Kai Havertz had put Chelsea ahead in the 11th minute when he ran in unmarked to meet a low cross from Brazilian winger Kenedy.

Chelsea’s Mason Mount in action with Watford’s Moussa Sissoko. (Photo: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge)

There were many empty seats at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea operating under special licence because of government sanctions imposed on departing Russian owner Roman Abramovich.

The result made no change to the Premier League table. Chelsea, whose ownership deal with a US-led consortium is still awaiting full approval, finished the season in third place.

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