Pedro Neto stuns Chelsea with late winner to complete comeback victory for Wolves

Giroud celebrates with his teammates after breaking the deadlock

Initially muted, Chelsea then showed menace from set-pieces. Giroud headed over from Ben Chilwell’s corner. The newly prolific Kurt Zouma was inches from a fifth goal of the season, heading Mason Mount’s corner against the bar. It rebounded on to Giroud, before he had time to react, and bounced wide.

Zouma challenges for the ball at Molineux

But it was evidence of his ability to get into promising positions and, when the influential Chilwell crossed, Giroud connected well with his volley. Despite Rui Patricio’s effort to save, it squirmed over the line. It was the Frenchman’s sixth goal in four games, enough to make him Chelsea’s joint top scorer in a season when he has often been on the bench. But his campaigns can follow a familiar pattern; overlooked at first, Giroud finds a way to make himself pivotal.

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Podence celebrates his equaliser

Yet their hosts responded. The £35 million teenager Fabio Silva thought he had his first senior Wolves goal after turning in Podence’s shot, but he was ruled offside. Silva got the hook on the hour, and if the long-term aim is that he proves Jimenez’s successor, it is asking a lot for the rookie to replace him in the short term. Wolves nevertheless had plenty of verve without him. Neto was as bright as Podence.

Pedro Neto of Wolves celebrates

And Chelsea were reprieved once. Defeat beckoned when Stuart Attwell ruled Reece James had tripped Neto in the box. A VAR intervention and a trip to the pitchside monitor later, Attwell overturned his initial decision. Wolves, though, did not need official assistance. When Neto found the net, the lights went out on Lampard’s side.

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