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Chelsea v West Ham United Live Commentary, 03/09/2022

FT
2 - 1
CHE
WHU
B. Chilwell (76)
K. Havertz (88)
M. Antonio (62)
Stamford Bridge

Commentary

After a first half where we only had one off target shot on goal from each team, the bar was set low for the second half. However Antonio changed all of that for West Ham at the 62nd minute, tapping the ball into the back of the net. Chilwell came off the bench and made an immediate impact, with a 76th minute goal for Chelsea. Chilwell set it up for Havertz to give Chelsea the lead at the 88th minute. We had some drama at the 90th minute where the VAR overtumed a Cornet goal which would have leveled the scores. Considering the amount of possession Chelsea had for the game, they ran out deserving winners.
FULL TIME: CHELSEA 2 WEST HAM 1 - What a brilliant second half we were treated to. This one had it all, goals, controversy, with plenty of talking points to come out of the game. Chelsea win their second game in a row at home, beating West Ham 2-1.
K. Havertz
Yellow Card
Chelsea
90' + 8' YELLOW CARD CHELSEA - Havertz with a tug of the jumper of Broja and he is awarded a yellow card.
90' + 7' We are already two and a half minutes past the allotted four minutes of stoppage time, as the ball is inside the Chelsea attacking half.
90' + 5' Chelsea continue to retain possession, with West Ham throwing caution to the wind, but are unable to find possession of the ball.
T. Kehrer
Yellow Card
West Ham United
90' + 3' YELLOW CARD WEST HAM - Kehrer is awarded a yellow card after a late challenge.
90' + 2' Chelsea are able to breathe a sigh of relief as they pick up their defensive game and look to keep possession of the ball.
90' We have four minutes of stoppage time to play for the match.
90' DISALLOWED GOAL WEST HAM - Mendy attempts to parry the ball away as Cornet collects him on the way through and kicks it to the inside top of the net. West Ham celebrate, but the VAR don't agree and have disallowed the goal awarding the free kick to Mendy.
K. Havertz
Goal
Chelsea
88' GOAL CHELSEA (Kai Lukas Havertz) Chelsea 2 West Ham 1 - Chilwell crosses it into the centre of the box as Havertz sends it past Fabianski and into the bottom left corner of the net.
M. Cornet
Pablo Fornals
West Ham United
86' SUBSTITUTION WEST HAM - Fornals heads to the bench with a fresh Cornet ready to take his place on the ground.
84' Fofana sends it to Mount at the edge of the box, but he overhits it and it floats over the crossbar for a goal kick.
A. Ogbonna
Lucas Paquetá
West Ham United
83' SUBSTITUTION WEST HAM - Pacqueta jogs off the ground and Ogbonna enters the ground to replace him.
Jorginho
R. Loftus-Cheek
Chelsea
83' SUBSTITUTION CHELSEA - Chelsea clear the bench, making their fifth and final change with Loftus-Cheek with Jorginho running onto the ground.
82' Emerson is receiving some attention behind play after an accidental elbow to the throat. He looks to be okay to continue in the game.
80' Chelsea keep playing it safe through quick passes through the middle of the ground. They are looking for a way through to their attacking half and can't find any options.
78' We have a game on our hands here, as we are set up for a grandstand finish.
B. Chilwell
Goal
Chelsea
76' GOAL CHELSEA (Benjamin James Chilwell) Chelsea 1 West Ham 1 - Silva crosses it into the box for Chilwell, as Fabianski comes out to meet him, but Chilwell chips it past him at the back post and it dribbles into the back of the net to level the scores.
S. Benrahma
M. Antonio
West Ham United
74' SUBSTITUTION WEST HAM - West Ham make their first change of the match as Antonio is replaced by Benrahma.
K. Havertz
M. Kovačić
Chelsea
72' SUBSTITUTION CHELSEA - Chelsea make their fourth change of the match with Kovačić taking leave and Havertz replacing him.
B. Chilwell
Marc Cucurella
Chelsea
72' SUBSTITUTION CHELSEA - Chelsea make another double change as Cucurella is off for an early shower and Chilwell enters the arena.
70' West Ham's defence continue to play it cool and keep clearing the ball away from their defensive half.
68' Chelsea continue to retain possession, but are keeping it in the middle of the ground, looking for an entry into their attacking half.
66' Kovacic crosses it over to Broja who takes a shot on goal from the middle of the box, but it is saved by Fabianski.
64' After Chelsea has had most of the possession for the match, still sitting at 70%, they now need to dig deep to come back from one goal down.
D. Rice
Assist
West Ham United
62' Assist Declan Rice
M. Antonio
Goal
West Ham United
62' GOAL WEST HAM (Michail Gregory Antonio) Chelsea 0 West Ham 1 - Mendy parries the ball away after Bowen had a crack at goal, but it only goes as far as Rice, who keeps it in play. Rice crosses it over to Antonio, with Mendy still down on the ground, as Antonio taps it into the back of the net.
62' Bowen takes a strong shot on goal from inside the box forcing Mendy to dive away to his left to make the save.
M. Mount
C. Pulišić
Chelsea
60' SUBSTITUTION CHELSEA - The second of the Chelsea double change with Pulisic making way for Mount.
A. Broja
C. Gallagher
Chelsea
60' SUBSTITUTION CHELSEA - Chelsea make the first of a double change as Gallagher heads off the ground and he is replaced by Broja.
59' Antonio is sweating it out at the moment, after a right arm to the face of Silva, is being scrutinised a little closer.
58' Both teams will be looking towards their respective benches, to see if they can inject some fresh legs into the game.
56' Chelsea continue to control possession of the ball inside their attacking half.
M. Antonio
Yellow Card
West Ham United
54' YELLOW CARD WEST HAM - Antonio is also awarded a yellow card for West Ham.
R. James
Yellow Card
Chelsea
54' YELLOW CARD CHELSEA - James is awarded a yellow card after his participation in the disagreement with Antonio.
54' Antonio has fouled James in the middle of the ground, as words are exchanged with a bit of a push and shove.
53' James brings the ball into the box from the set piece, but the ball comes off the head of Soucek, going out for a corner kick.
51' Sterling is on the burst through the middle, as Soucek does well to outbody Sterling and clear the ball away.
49' Fofana takes possession of the ball from outside of the box, as he looks for a dream debut, taking a shot on goal but it is very wide of the target.
47' Antonio looking to turn as Silva comes in with a sliding tackle and ends up fouling him just inside attack for West Ham.
46' SECOND HALF - Chelsea get things back under way in the middle of the ground. We have no changes from either team over the half time break.
Chelsea had 70% of the possession of the ball but weren't able to make their most of the dominance in the middle. West Ham's defence have been nothing short of brilliant today, but they need to find some link up players in the middle, to feed the ball into their attackers. We are set for an exciting second half.
HALF TIME: CHELSEA 0 WEST HAM UNITED 0 - We go into the half time break with the scores all tied up at 0-0. We have seen very few shots on goal in this first half, with one from each team, but both of the shots were off target.
45' + 2' Antonio has copped a wayward elbow in the face from Loftus-Cheek, as the VAR have a quick look at the incident and clear it immediately.
45' We have two minutes of stoppage time to play for the first half.
44' Play has been held up momentarily as Loftus-Cheek and Soucek are both attended to by the trainers after a clash of heads. Both players are back to their feet and look set to continue.
42' James attempts to get behind Emerson inside attack, but a sliding challenge from Emerson, is able to put a halt to Chelsea's momentum, with a corner kick to come.
40' James whips it into the box, but Antonio is in the right place at the right time, to head it over the crossbar, conceding a corner kick.
39' Anotonio with a brilliant piece of attacking play, being able to gain about 20m in a great run down the sideline, before losing the ball for a throw in for West Ham.
37' Loftus-Cheek once again is one of the instigators behind the set up of another tilt into Chelsea's attacking half.
Marc Cucurella
Yellow Card
Chelsea
35' YELLOW CARD CHELSEA - Cucurella is shown the yellow card in the middle of the ground, after a very poor timed challenge on Paqueta.
34' Sterling with a wonderful pass over to Pulisic who has it inside the six yard box, but Coufal times his challenge to perfection, happy to concede a corner to eliminate the danger.
33' Chelsea have had one shot on goal, which was off target. West Ham yet to test the keeper at all.
31' Chelsea continue to run the West Ham midfield ragged, as they chip they ball around the middle of the ground, looking for an opening. It ends up with Kovacic, who pulls the trigger on goal from outside of the box, but it is wide of the mark.
29' Cucarella brings it in from the corner, but it is a poor delivery as he hits the first man on the edge of the box, with West Ham clearing the ball out of danger.
27' James drills it to front and centre of the goal, but nobody is home for Chelsea as Kehrer clears it away momentarily.
26' Bowen with a challenge on Kovacic in the middle, but the referee calls it back as Bowen had pushed Kovacic to the ground.
24' James switches it from the right side of the ground, looking for a header inside the box, but he overcooks it and it goes out for a throw in.
22' West Ham are holding a disciplined shape in the middle, forcing Chelsea to give up space and retreat into defence.
20' Sterling is one on one with Coufal, deep inside attack with the ball. Coufal does well to take the front position, but the ball comes off the West Ham defender and going out for a corner kick.
19' Emerson gets into a crossing position inside the box, but he just can't get his foot underneath the ball.
17' Kovacic looks to send the ball over to Gallagher in attacking half and the ball is intercepted by Soucek and West Ham have a temporary reprieve.
15' Loftus-Cheek is in everything for Chelsea through the middle as he once again sends the ball into their attacking half.
13' Sterling with a wonderful run into the edge of the box, as he centres it but a piece of brilliant defending by Zouma, saves the day for West Ham, as he concedes the corner kick.
11' West Ham have had very limited time inside their attacking half at the moment. They need to change to an attacking mentality.
R. Loftus-Cheek
Yellow Card
Chelsea
9' YELLOW CARD CHELSEA - Loftus-Cheek is shown a yellow card after a late challenge on Soucek.
8' Gallagher gives it over to James, who takes it into the box, but his shot on goal is blocked, taking a deflection going out of play, with Chelsea winning a corner kick for their trouble.
6' Chelsea are being patient in possession as they chip the ball around the middle of the ground, looking for an opening.
4' Silva kicks it towards Fontana inside attacking half, but he put too much onto it and kicked it over his head and goes out for a throw in.
2' Chelsea have had a fast start to the game, keeping the ball inside their attacking half for the majority of the time.
1' FIRST HALF - West Ham kick off and we are under way.
WEST HAM UNITED SUBS - Darren Randolph (GK), Manuel Lanzini, Flynn Downes, Alphonse Areola, Maxwel Cornet, Angelo Ogbonna, Said Benrahma, Conor Coventry.
WEST HAM UNITED (4-2-3-1) STARTING XI - Lukasz Fabianski (GK); Vladimir Coufal, Thilo Kehrer, Kurt Zouma, Emersen; Declan Rice (c), Tomas Soucek; Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paqueta, Pablo Fornals; Michail Antonio.
CHELSEA SUBS - Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK), Jorginho, Trevoh Chalobah, Armando Broja, Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell, Hakin Ziyech, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kai Havertz.
CHELSEA (3-5-2) STARTING XI - Edouard Mendy (GK); Wesley Fofana, Thiago Silva (c), Kalidou Koulibaly; Reece James, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Conor Gallagher, Mateo Kovacic, Marc Cucurella; Raheem Sterling, Christian Pulisic.
West Ham have won three of their last six Premier League games against Chelsea, as many as they had in their previous 26. West Ham have scored just twice in their opening five Premier League matches this season, their fewest at this stage of a league season since 1994-95 (1). The Hammers have converted just 3.4% of their efforts at goal (2/59). Currently, they are placed in 15th position on the table.
Chelsea have lost just one of their last 16 home league games against West Ham. going down 1-0 in November 2019. Chelsea have lost twice already in the Premier League this season.Only once in the history of the competition have the Blues lost as many as three of their first six matches, doing so in the 2015-16 campaign. They are currently sitting in 10th position on the table.
Welcome to Stamford Bridge for the match between Chelsea and West Ham United. The last time these two teams met was back in April 2022, where Chelsea ran out 1-0 winners over West Ham United.