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West Ham delivers hammer blow to Chelsea

Bertrand Traore

West Ham United continues to generate results from top sides as they defeated Chelsea. In a very exciting match, Hammers won against the Blues 3-2 in the Premier League.

The Premier League leaders went into the match a one-point lead over second-placed Manchester City. The result against West Ham meant that both Manchester City and Liverpool overtook Chelsea in the league table.

In a game where Chelsea controlled the possession, West Ham was able to create chances and take capitalise on them. The victory helps the Hammers to remain in 4th place in the league table, giving hope for a Champions League qualification.

WEST HAM UNITED 3 – 2 CHELSEA: TEAM NEWS

Manager David Moyes shifted to a three at the back system to help be more solid against the European Champions. As a result, Issa Diop joined the backline.

Both Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals were withdrawn from the team that started against Brighton Hove Albion. Manuel Lanzini was given the chance to start in a front three featuring Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen.

From the team that won against Watford, Chelsea did make multiple changes. Thiago Silva came in place of injured Trevor Chalobah. Reece James who missed the last game due to an injury returned to the starting lineup, replacing Cesar Azpilicueta.

Uninspiring Saul Niguez had to settle for the bench as Jorginho took his place in the midfield. Upfront Hakim Ziyech was given the nod to start instead of Chrisitan Pulisic.

WEST HAM UNITED 3 – 2 CHELSEA: POST MATCH ANALYSIS

The London Stadium was buzzing with excitement as the Hammers welcomed Chelsea. Both teams started well with the visitors being more dominant. They soon took the lead in the 28th minute when a corner by Mason Mount was headed in by Thiago Silva.

The Brazilian soon became the saviour as he made a brilliant goal-line clearance from a Coufal shot just a minute after he scored. However, the lead did not stay intact as Chelsea conceded a penalty. A poor pass from Jorgino put keeper Mendy in a tough situation as he fouled Bowen. Lanzini send Mendy to the wrong side as the Hammers levelled the score.

But Chelsea was quick to reply. An excellent cross from Hakim Ziyech was met with an equally brilliant volley from Mount to give the Blues back their slender lead. West Ham was not ready to give up the fight as they made a bright start to the second half. Another moment of brilliance saw Bowen take the ball from just outside to the box to put it past Mendy. The equaliser gave the home side more confidence as they threw everything at Chelsea.

The hammer blow for the European champions came in the 86th minute when Arthur Masuaku took his chance to take a shot at the goal. Goalkeeper Mendy was in an awkward position as he was anticipating a cross, and as a result, could not keep the shot outside.

The goal from Masuaku was enough for the Hammers as they hold on to the end to mark a very impressive victory. The defeat left Chelsea with many questions about their team.

WHATS NEXT?

Both the teams return to Europe for their final group matches. Chelsea travels to Russia to take on Zenit in the Champions Leaguer. They will try to finish as group leaders by winning their final match of the group.

As for West Ham, they will host Dinamo Zagreb in their final Europa League group tie. Hammers have already qualified for the next stage as group winners. Manager David Moyes is hence expected to give his main players much needed rest.

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