Caicedo scores from midfield. Ecuadorian’s first goal with Chelsea

Caicedo scores from midfield. Ecuadorian’s first goal with Chelsea
Caicedo scores from midfield. Ecuadorian’s first goal with Chelsea
LONDON —

Moisés Caicedo scored a David Beckham-style goal for his Chelsea to close a chaotic season with a fifth straight victory.

The 2-1 victory against Bournemouth secured sixth place and a place in Europe after a first season of ups and downs for Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino, whose continuity is still covered by a blanket of uncertainty.

To debut his goal tally at Chelsea, the Ecuadorian midfielder controlled a clearance by Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto, took a touch and finished with his right foot from about 45 meters – near the midfield line – and nailed the ball into the back of the net. net in his team’s last game this season in the Premier League.

Caicedo’s goal put Chelsea ahead 1-0 in the 17th minute on Sunday. It was his first goal with the Blues, after 48 games.

Beckham scored a memorable goal from a similar distance for Manchester United on the opening day of the 1996-97 season against Wimbledon.

Raheem Sterling scored Chelsea’s second goal after the restart. Bournemouth scored almost immediately with Benoit Badiashile’s own goal.

Chelsea are three points ahead of Newcastle and Manchester United, but will have to wait until the FA Cup final on Saturday to find out which European tournament they will compete in next season.

If United defeats Manchester City, which on Sunday won its fourth straight Premier League title, in that final, Chelsea will end up in the Europa Conference League, and United will compete in the Europa League. If City complete the domestic double, Chelsea will go to the Europa League.

 
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