Pedro rescues Chelsea after holding Frankfurt to a draw

Europa League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 02/05/2019

Pedro rescues Chelsea in the Europa League semi-final first leg after holding Eintracht Frankfurt to a 1-1 score draw in Germany on Thursday night.

Serbian Luka Jovic put the hosts ahead on 23 minutes, stopping to head past the outstretched Kepa Arrizabalaga off a cross from compatriot Filip Kostic, the 21-year-old's ninth goal of the competition and 26th this season.

Both sides are fourth in their domestic leagues, with the Europa League offering an alternative route to next season's Champions League.

The Blues equalised right on the stroke of half-time after the Bundesliga side failed to clear their lines from a corner, which allowed Ruben Loftus-Cheek to lay off Pedro whose powerful strike into the bottom corner resulted in a crucial away goal.

Chelsea had several opportunities to kill the tie against a tiring Frankfurt side, most notably through Luiz and Loftus-Cheek, but ultimately had to settle for a draw.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri left Eden Hazard on the bench until the 62nd minute, preferring to rest the Belgian for the important Premier League games against Watford and Leicester.