West Ham Utd 3-2 Chelsea

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 4th December 2021

West Ham produced a stunning second half comeback to beat league leaders Chelsea 3-2 at the London Olympic Stadium in today's lunchtime kick off.

Twice behind, David Moyes' side refused to be beaten and grabbed the winning goal with just three minutes of normal time remaining to condemn the Blues to only their second defeat in all compeitions this season.

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Until today, Chelsea had conceded just six goals in the league - indeed you have to go back to last May to find the most recent occasion in which they conceded twice in a match - and to April for the last time they shipped more than two (West Bromwhich Albion's unlikely 5-2 win).

And with West Ham misfiring in the Premier League of late, with only two goals in their last three outings, the odds were heavily against United returning to form in this top four London derby. How wrong could you be!

The game began evenly although it was the visitors who drew frist blood on 29 minutes, when Thiago Silva lost marker Michail Antonio to head Chelsea ahead.

However their lead was to last for just 11 minutes, as Manuel Lanzini levelled from the penalty spot after Man of the Match Jarrod Bowen had been felled by Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Undeterred, the visitors regained the lead in the 44th minute when Mason Mount volleyed home from the corner of the penalty box after Declan Rice had uncharacteristically given the ball away on the half way line.

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But West Ham were level again within 11 minutes of the restart when Antonio showed great strength to shake off a challenge and tee up Bowen, who fired across Mendy to make it 2-2 - a superb effort.

Then, with the game drifting towards what appeared to be a stalemate Arthur Masuaku, only on the field due to a hamstring injury for Ben Johnson, picked up the ball on the left flask.

Cutting inside, he took a quick look before delivering a cross - straight into the back of Mendy's goal to make it 3-2 to the Hammers. The resulting celebrations almost lifted the roof off the London Olympic Stadium.

While Chelsea will conplain they deserved a t least a point from an eventful game, few of a claret and blue persuasion would seek to deny the oft-critcised Masuaku his moment of glory - even if he later admitted the goal was a complete fluke!

The win moves West Ham to within six points of Chelsea, who remain top of the table at time of writing.

The victory was only the third time in the club's history that West Ham had beaten the reeighing European Champions, following defeats of Aston Villa in 1983 and Chelsea again (in 2013).

West Ham Utd: Fabianski, Dawson, Zouma (Fornals 71), Diop, Coufal, Rice, Soucek, Johnson (Masuaku 45+2), Bowen, Lanzini (Benrahma 85), Antonio

Subs not used: Randolph, Ashby, Noble, Kral, Vlasic, Yarmolenko

Goals: Lanzini (pen 40), Bowen (56), Masuaku (87)

Chelsea: Mendy, Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rüdiger, James, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Alonso (Pulisic 73), Ziyech (Hudson-Odoi 64), Mount, Havertz (Lukaku 46)

Subs not used: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Sarr, Barkley, Saul, Werner

Goals: Thiago Silva (29), Mount (44)

Booked: Jorginho (23), Christensen (90+4).

Referee: Andre Marriner

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