West Ham 3-2 Chelsea: Yarmolenko seals late derby win
West Ham 3-2 Chelsea: Andriy Yarmolenko seals late derby win over Chelsea to boost their Premier League survival hopes.
For West Ham, Sebastien Haller failed to recover from injury in time and he missed out on the squad, while captain Mark Noble missed out with a back injury.
Despite the early pressure from Chelsea, it was West Ham who created the first chance with Michail Antonio seizing on Andreas Christensen’s error, but the forward dragged his shot wide.
With neither side making a breakthrough, West Ham used their opportunity from a set-piece to perfection. Chelsea’s defence was all at sea and after a goalmouth scramble, Tomas Soucek poked home at the far post. Kepa complained about offside against Antonio and after a three-minute review, VAR controversially chalked off the goal.
It was a huge let-off for Chelsea and they showed their gratuity four minutes later. Pulisic dribbled inside the box and was too quick for Issa Diop, who tripped the American inside the box. No VAR needed for that. Willian stepped up and sunk his effort into the left corner. Somehow, Chelsea was in front.
But they didn’t learn their lesson from the first corner and in the third minute of first-half stoppage time, Soucek made them pay, heading home at the far post after an error from Kepa Arrizabalaga, who failed to claim the ball.
Frank Lampard would have been furious with his side but even more so when West Ham took the lead shortly after the break. Rice fed Antonio inside the box and he went down claiming a penalty. Play carried on and Jarrod Bowen beat Marcos Alonso down the right crossing for Antonio, who slotted home with acres of space.
Lampard reacted, sending on Mason Mount for Mateo Kovacic and it gave Chelsea a new burst of energy. But their best player of the night, Pulisic, was responsible again for helping them draw level after drawing a foul from Declan Rice. Willian sized it up and curled over the wall, and Fabianski was caught by surprise as the ball clipped the inside of the post and bounced over the line.
Both teams went for the win late on, but it was super-sub Yarmolenko who struck a brilliant late effort to seal three points for West Ham.