West Ham hammer Chelsea 3-2 in pulsating Premier League clash

West Ham hammer Chelsea 3-2 in pulsating Premier League clash

- The West Ham vs Chelsea Premier League clash ended badly for Chelsea

- The hosts came from one goal down to outclass their visitors 3-2 at full-time

- Willian's brace was not enough to help Chelsea avoid defeat at the London Stadium

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West Ham United proved too much for Chelsea to handle in a high-scoring English Premier League encounter at the London Stadium.

The Hammers overpowered the Blues in an encounter which ended 3-2 in favour of the hosts, who denied the visitors a chance to further cement their Champions League qualification.

Briefly.co.za gathered that a goal each from Tomas Soucek, Michail Antonio and Andriy Yarmolenko ensured Willian's brace ended up as mere consolations.

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David Moyes' men drew the first blood in the 34th minute after a goalmouth scramble but the effort was disallowed by the referee.

Three minutes before half-time, the visitors took the lead through Willian's spot-kick after Christian Pulisic was brought down in the 18-yard box.

The Brazilian carefully sent former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski the wrong way towards the end of the half.

David Moyes' men responded almost immediately as they found the back of the net in the added minutes of the opening half through a superb header.

Tomas Soucek finally got his name recorded on the score sheet after rising up to meet Jarrod Bowen's corner kick from the right flank as the hosts restored parity before the sound of the whistle.

Action resumed in the second half but it was the hosts who started on a bright note as Michail Antonio handed his side the lead for the first time in the game.

The 30-year-old tapped in from another assist from Bowen in the 51st minute as they looked to hand Chelsea their first defeat since the return of football last month.

West Ham was however unable to hold on to their lead for long as Willian stepped up for the visitors with a stunning freekick that hit the bar before bouncing into the net.

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The Brazilian's superb strike beat the stretchy hands of Fabianski in the 72nd minute to put his side back into the game.

Meanwhile, a late minute strike from second-half substitute Andriy Yarmolenko helped the Hammers secure maximum points in the 89th minute.

The defeat meant Frank Lampard's men have suffered their first loss since football activities returned last month after a long break due to deadly coronavirus.

Chelsea maintains their fourth position with 54 points after 32 matches - just two better than Manchester United who are breathing down on them as the season continues to wind down.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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