That’s how close Chelsea came to winning on Wednesday night against Huddersfield Town.
It’s a bit of Danish-on-Danish cosmic rumble, with Chelsea center back Andreas Christensen straining the neck muscle to launch a header goalbound and Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Jonas Lössl (on loan from Mainz 05) straining every fibre of his being to get a glove on it, push it onto the post, and out for a corner.
Annoyingly, it gets better every time you see it, especially when you factor in Lössl’s other superpower, time-wasting.
And it would’ve been extra sweet redemption for Christensen to get his first Chelsea goal right then, with just minutes left, to keep Chelsea’s hopes alive for a spot in next year’s Champions League. The 21-year-old’s recent appearances have been defined by crucial errors and he did’t exactly covering himself in glory on Huddersfield’s goal either by getting caught in no-man’s land on the pass to the goalscorer Depoitre. Growing pains, to be sure, but painful nonetheless.
Better days will be ahead for both Christensen and Chelsea. For now, this stings.
If you’re ready for a bit of joke regarding this mad scramble, here’s a tweet for you. Some of us came pretty close to re-enacting this fully in real life last night, methinks.