Chelsea’s winning run was brought to a halt as they were held by Stoke City at Stamford Bridge.
The game started on a very slow pace with neither side pushing to make the difference but the Premier League champions tried to impose themselves by controlling possession.
Stoke meanwhile, also tried to impose themselves too, and went close to taking the lead but Mame Biram Diouf failed to connect a cross that could have given them the lead.
An early shot from Stoke but it was deflected into the arms of Courtois who makes a comfortable catch. Meanwhile, an early ball in from Azpilicueta falls at the feet of Traore but the young striker couldn’t make full contact.
Chelsea were now beginning to cause Stoke some problems with Willian at the heart of it. Mikel intecepts and feeds Willian who supplies a return ball but Mikel skies his shot into the Shed.
The best chance of the game would fall to Chelsea as Willian fires not too far wide after Azpilicueta had battled well for the ball.
Traore then catches a volley sweetly and it is goalbound but Muniesa gets across to block with his chest. Stoke counter quickly and get in behind the Chelsea defence but Diouf can’t catch his shot and the chance goes.
Chelsea would however take the lead with a brilliant strike from outside the area by the Bertrand Traore – following a sharp turn and dart forward.
The Blues will go into the break with the lead as Stoke struggled to get a hold of the game.
The second half began with Stoke aiming to level the score as a good shot on the run from Arnautovic but Courtois gets his hands to the swerving ball to preserve their lead.
Baba Rahman then fires the ball across the Stoke six-yard box but there is no one lurking there for the tap-in. Hazard then shoots low and hard across the face of goal after Stoke initially did well to hold up his attack.
Courtois would then be forced to make a very good save low down to his left, as he keeps out a Shaqiri shot. At the other end, Butland saves from Willian as the game moves up a gear.
Chelsea would keep applying the pressure and Oscar is bundled down by Muniesa just inside the area but the referee waved play on.
The Blues continued on the attack as Ruben Loftus-Cheek escapes behind his marker but his shot from a tight angle is saved by Butland.
The Potters however levelled the score as Mame Biram Diouf heads in on 84 minutes after Courtois punches a cross out his way.
Stoke will halt Chelsea’s resurgence with the result but the Blues would rue what could have been.