Hammers stun Chelsea in 5-goal thriller

English Premier League

Chelsea were unable to cement top spot in the Premier League going down 3-2 to West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.

Four changes from Chelsea saw Reece James, Jorginho, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz recalled after the midweek success at Watford, with Romelu Lukaku starting on the bench once again.

Ziyech, who netted the winner against the Hornets from the bench, almost had the Blues up and running inside five minutes unfortunately the Moroccan’s tame shot didn’t bother the visitors.

Although, it was the visiting team that had the breakthrough two minutes to the half-hour mark when Thiago Silva leaped unmarked in the area to head a corner from Mason Mount in off the post.

Whilst chances for a second came, West Ham won a penalty five minutes to halftime after Jarrod Bowen forced Edouard Mendy to a foul and had Manuel Lanzini level it up with a stern execution.

The Blues were level for just four minutes as a cross-field pass from Ziyech allocated an unmarked Mount, who took charge to send a first-time volley in at the near post.

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In the meantime, the Hammers were forced into a substitution after Ben Johnson couldn’t carry on playing and saw Arthur Masuaku enter.

West Ham were back on level ten minutes into the second half when a well-weighted pass into space from Vladimir Coufal to Bowen saw the latter go on and apply a bottom-corner finish.

Chelsea could’ve trailed for the first time with 15 minutes remaining after Michail Antonio’s ball across goal filtered to Bowen who drilled over following a late run, thus missed out on the double.

The Hammers did though snatched the lead three minutes from time when Masuaku’s cross-cum shot from the left deflected into the net as they secured maximum points to cement fourth spot.

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