London: Oscar slipped to send a penalty over the crossbar and blow a vital Chelsea victory against Watford in interim manager Guus Hiddink's first match in charge.
Chelsea's Oscar slips while taking a penalty against Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
Diego Costa had already scored both of Chelsea's goals, first giving his team the lead and then equalising after Watford went in front through Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, when they were awarded a penalty in the 78th minute.
Oscar unexpectedly wasted his effort, and in doing so allowed in-form Watford to secure a 2-2 draw, to remain in seventh place, and to leave Chelsea with much work to do from 15th.
Hiddink was overseeing the first fixture of his second reign as Chelsea's interim manager, having succeeded recently-sacked Jose Mourinho.
His first, when he replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari, went so well that many of the club's fans wanted him to stay on a permanent basis, but there is little question the circumstances this time are more difficult.