West Ham beat Chelsea 3-2 to spice up Premier League survival bid

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Andriy Yarmolenko boosted West Ham’s hopes of staying in the Premier League by clinching a 3-2 victory over Champions League-chasing Chelsea on Wednesday. The substitute accomplished a counterattack began by Declan Rice in the 89th minute to ship West Ham three points away from the relegation zone with six games remaining. “This season so many issues haven’t gone our manner,” mentioned Michail Antonio, who began as West Ham’s lone striker. “But in the present day it didn’t cease us, we simply stored going, and we got the victory.

“It was intensely, they play unbelievable soccer, and so they stored pinning us in. It is a large outcome.” It had seemed like being an evening of frustration for David Moyes’ side, which was denied an opener after a prolonged VAR evaluate. That was adopted on the different end by conceding a penalty that was transformed by Willian.

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Although Tomas Soucek leveled in first-half stoppage time and Antonio put the hosts in entrance initially of the second half, Willian seemed like recovering a degree for Chelsea when he netted for a second time in the 72nd minute. With the loss, fourth-place Chelsea is now only two points ahead of Manchester United and Wolverhampton in the pursuit of Champions League qualification.

It halted Chelsea’s momentum after beating deposed champion Manchester City last Thursday after which reaching the FA Cup semifinals by eliminating Leicester on Sunday.

They couldn’t blame a hostile environment, although, as more than 60,000 seats have been empty on the Olympic Stadium as a result of coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

But the look ahead to a VAR ruling appears even longer when the stadium falls fully silent — because it did in east London for more than three minutes after Soucek’s celebrations have been curtailed.

Souček scrambled the ball into the online after connecting with a nook from Bowen in the 34th minute. But the VAR dominated that Antonio, who was flat on the bottom trying away from objective, was in an offside place and obstructing the view of Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The prolonged delay to evaluate the footage confirmed it wasn’t a transparent resolution to make, which only deepened the West Ham irritation.

“I used to be indignant,” Moyes mentioned. “Too many small resolution had gone against us. It didn’t really feel right on the time.”

But the coaches and players are informed to take care of social distancing somewhat than confronting match officers.

Play resumed and shortly there was a penalty ruling that went against West Ham and survived a VAR evaluate when Christian Pulisic’s fell over after being caught by Diop. Willian transformed from the penalty spot to compound West Ham’s frustrations.

But in stoppage time, Chelsea was thrashed at one other set piece as Souček headed in from Bowen’s nook.

Chelsea was picked aside again six minutes into the second half, with a slick move down the left.

Declan Rice played a one-two with Pablo Fornals before passing to Antonio on the sting of the penalty area.

Antonio was nudged over by Antonio Rüdiger however, somewhat than interesting for a penalty, he got back up on his toes. As the ball was recycled, it discovered its solution to Bowen on the suitable and he squared for Antonio to slip it into the online.

Chelsea equalized when Willian’s free kick hit the within of the submit and beat the outstretched goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański.

Pulisic thought Fabianski had been thrashed again with a low shot but it surely crept huge of the submit. The miss proved pricey.

Rice seized possession on the sting of his personal area and launched a excessive go to Antonio on the midway line. The ball was sent crossfield to Yarmolenko, who {cut} past Rüdiger and struck into the underside nook.

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