Chelsea recovered from Antonio Rudiger’s own goal to move up to fifth in the Premier League, as Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten start as manager continued with victory at Sheffield United.
The German, who took over from Frank Lampard last month, watched as his side struggled in the opening half hour on a freezing night as Oliver Burke fired wide in the opening minute.
But the visitors went ahead before the break when Mason Mount found the bottom corner following Timo Werner’s cross from the left.
Chelsea then conceded the first goal of Tuchel’s four-game reign in calamitous circumstances when Rudiger poked past Benjamin Mendy into his own net.
The winner arrived in bizarre circumstances.
Timo Werner was brought down by goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for what looked like a clear penalty, but referee Kevin Friend ignored Chelsea’s appeals and waved play on.
The action continued for almost two minutes before the video assistant referee intervened, but despite the delay, Jorghino kept his cool from the spot for his sixth goal of the season.
Coming after Liverpool’s 4-1 defeat by leaders Manchester City, the win put Chelsea’s Champions League ambitions back on track after they had slipped to ninth under former boss Frank Lampard.
Sheffield United, who had won three of their previous five games, pressed for a late equaliser but found Rudiger in the way and missed out on the chance to move above second-bottom West Brom.
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Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Chelsea 2.
Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Chelsea 2.
Offside, Sheffield United. Billy Sharp tries a through ball, but Oliver McBurnie is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oliver McBurnie.
Mason Mount (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jayden Bogle (Sheffield United).
Attempt blocked. Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Foul by Reece James (Chelsea).
Max Lowe (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. John Lundstram (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David McGoldrick.
Substitution, Sheffield United. Rhian Brewster replaces Oliver Norwood.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Max Lowe.
Attempt blocked. Reece James (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Attempt missed. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Substitution, Chelsea. N’Golo Kanté replaces Timo Werner.
Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Foul by Timo Werner (Chelsea).
John Lundstram (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Reece James (Chelsea).