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West Ham United v Chelsea Live Commentary, 24/04/2021

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0 - 1
WHU
CHE
T. Werner (43)
London Stadium

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Chelsea assert their dominance over unfancied opponents, then, while West Ham's limitations are starting to show. They're still having a fantastic season and have a great chance of getting into Europe in some form. That's all for now. Goodbye!
Chelsea's win cements their position in fourth in the Premier League table. They're one point behind Leicester City in third and three ahead of West Ham in fifth. It's not a huge gap but it's hard to see West Ham overhauling Chelsea from here. West Ham will be disappointed but their Champions League hopes aren't extinguished yet. All they can do is keep going.
Chelsea edge out West Ham in a close encounter that will have significant ramifications for the Champions League race. Tuchel's team did what they do so well these days, nabbing the lead through Werner and seeing the rest of the game out. West Ham picked up briefly at the start of the second half but on the whole were far too timid to cause Chelsea problems. Balbuena's late red card killed the game for them.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: WEST HAM UNITED 0-1 CHELSEA
90' + 6' Chelsea get the last chance of the game as Mount, arguably their man of the match, plops a lovely cross onto the head of Abraham a few yards out. Abraham heads over. That's it!
N. Kanté
Yellow Card
Chelsea
90' + 5' Kante also earns himself a late entry into the referee's book for a poor tackle on Soucek. He won't care a bit.
90' + 4' Diop punts forward in an attempt to create something for West Ham but Lingard has strayed offside. It just hasn't been West Ham's day.
E. Mendy
Yellow Card
Chelsea
90' + 3' Mendy's booked for wasting time in taking the goal kick. No need to kick a man when he's down, or in this case West Ham when they're a man down.
90' + 2' Benrahma has an ill-advised and slightly desperate shot from deep. It's a powerful effort but bounces way wide of Mendy's goal.
90' + 1' Mount has a pop at goal once more from a central position. It deflects off a West Ham player and Chelsea get a corner out of it. Chelsea take it short and try to keep it near the corner flag to wind the clock down.
90' West Ham might have more time than they thought. The officials indicate there will be five minutes of additional time.
89' West Ham are pushing for a late equaliser but their time is running out. Benrahma dances down the left and flashes a decent cross into the penalty area but no one in West Ham colours can capitalise on it.
T. Abraham
T. Werner
Chelsea
87' Chelsea's goalscorer Werner's game is also over. Abraham, not Tuchel's favourite at the moment, replaces him.
R. James
Azpilicueta
Chelsea
86' Tuchel brings some fresh legs on to see the game out. James replaces Azpilicueta at right wing-back.
85' Mount is impeded by Bowen and earns a free-kick. Mount steps up to take it and West Ham rush out to get in the way of it.
84' Meanwhile Chelsea look to use their extra player to their advantage. Christensen nods down for Ziyech whose shot from the right of the box is blocked. Ziyech blazes high and wide shortly after from further away from goal.
B. Johnson
R. Fredericks
West Ham United
83' West Ham look to tighten up now they're down to 10 men. Johnson comes on for Fredericks.
82' Balbuena is the first West Ham player to be sent off in this fixture in the Premier League since Paolo Di Canio in 2002. He doesn't really deserve it either.
F. Balbuena
Red Card
West Ham United
81' RED CARD FOR BALBUENA! Balbuena receives his marching orders for serious foul play. Moyes is understandably furious. Balbuena soon leaves the pitch. West Ham's chances of salvaging anything from this game look to have gone with him.
80' The official believes the incident to have been serious enough to ask the referee to go across to the monitor and take a look for himself. This doesn't look good for Balbuena.
78' Balbuena boots the ball away, catching Chilwell on the back of his leg with his studs while following through. Chilwell's in some pain. It looks accidental but VAR is taking a look...
77' It's all become a little stop-start in midfield with neither side able to find a foothold. Werner quickens the pace by bursting into the box and trying to shift onto his stronger right foot to shoot. Coufal nips in to intercept.
75' West Ham press Chelsea high up the pitch as Fredericks almost catches Azpilicueta out. Azpilicueta recovers well to clear the ball.
H. Ziyech
C. Pulisic
Chelsea
74' Chelsea make a change. Ziyech replaces the peripheral Pulisic.
73' Lingard does his best to create something through the middle for West Ham but Chelsea players quickly swarm all over him. Chelsea are keeping a closer eye on Lingard now.
71' Lanzini makes his first contribution to the game, attempting to slide in Fredericks down the left. The Argentinian gets his pass wrong and apologises to Fredericks.
M. Lanzini
M. Noble
West Ham United
69' West Ham's veteran captain Noble is next to go. He doesn't look hugely happy about it. Lanzini replaces him.
S. Benrahma
Pablo Fornals
West Ham United
69' First to head off for West Ham is Fornals. Benrahma will hope to pose more of an attacking threat.
68' Bowen's caught offside from Balbuena's throughball. West Ham are going to make a few substitutions.
66' Werner scampers onto a ball over the top and jinks inside, fizzing an effort at Fabianski with his left foot. Fabianski tips it aside.
64' Chelsea work the ball down their right, earning a throw-in off Fredericks. The visitors are starting to liven up again after a slow start to the half.
62' Mount is consistently good for Chelsea and he's been his team's best player here. The England man scoops a surprise effort at Fabianski from way out. The West Ham keeper makes the save and quickly smothers the ball before Werner arrives on the scene.
60' Chelsea sit too deep and Fredericks decides to go for goal himself, inspiring a defender to block. Lingard shoots from the left of the box but his effort goes wide to the right.
59' The momentum of the game has started to swing in West Ham's favour. The hosts have had 61 per cent of the ball so far in this half compared to 36 per cent in the opening 45 minutes.
58' Azpilicueta catches Fredericks and West Ham have a free-kick down their left. Chelsea have a very high line. Lingard looks to catch them out by going straight for goal but doesn't get enough power on the hit to worry Mendy, who gathers it easily.
56' West Ham get their first shot on target as Fornals receives a pass from Lingard and tests Mendy from distance. It's nothing spectacular but it's a start.
54' Chelsea nearly grab a second goal! Mount curls towards goal from outside the box and Fabianski spills the shot. It lands to Werner who only needs to tap in but somehow trickles his shot wide! Tuchel is in disbelief down in the technical area.
53' Christensen slides Mount in down the right and Mount fires in a speculative cross from the edge of the box. Coufal beats Pulisic to it to clear.
51' Kante bursts through the middle and finds Mount to his right. Chelsea work the ball to Pulisic who's crowded out.
50' West Ham eventually relinquish possession only for Chelsea to return the favour. Coufal hangs a cross high towards the far post and it's headed out by Azpilicueta.
49' West Ham are enjoying more of the ball at the start of this half. Chelsea are staying pretty compact though.
47' West Ham look more positive straight away as Mendy claims a hopeful cross into Chelsea's box. Let's see how the hosts fare over the next few minutes.
46' West Ham get the second half started. Neither side has made any changes at half-time.
Werner's goal was his sixth Premier League goal and his first away goal for Chelsea since he scored at Burnley back in October 2020. It'll boost his confidence after a bit of a barren spell, as well as Chelsea's. The question now is how will West Ham respond? Will Moyes want his side to go for broke, or will he be more cautious given his side's recent madcap defending?
Chelsea lead West Ham thanks to Werner's cool finish just before the break. Overall the Blues were in control in the first half, limiting West Ham's attacking opportunities to counter-attacks and set-pieces. They just about deserve their narrow lead. West Ham have some thinking to do in the changing room.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: WEST HAM UNITED 0-1 CHELSEA
45' That goal will change Moyes' half-time team talk as West Ham get the game back underway. There'll be one additional minute in this half.
T. Werner
Goal
Chelsea
43' GOAL! WEST HAM UNITED 0-1 CHELSEA! Chelsea take the lead a few minutes before half-time! Pulisic finds Chilwell wide on the left and he rolls the ball across the box. It evades everyone in a West Ham shirt and finds Werner who calmly slots it home.
B. Chilwell
Assist
Chelsea
43' Chelsea's move for that goal was lovely with West Ham getting caught too high up the pitch. Chilwell's low cross was perfectly powered.
A. Christensen
Yellow Card
Chelsea
42' Christensen becomes the second Chelsea player to get booked for hauling down Lingard. Chelsea don't want the England man running at them given the form he's been in lately.
40' West Ham get another corner off Chilwell this time but Chelsea again hold firm. The hosts look bright but have struggled to create many clear-cut chances yet.
38' West Ham take the corner short as Bowen is quickly closed down by Kante. Coufal floats the ball towards the far post and Balbuena nods harmlessly wide.
37' The free-kick nearly ends badly for Chelsea as Azpilicueta is forced to chest the ball out for a corner from inside the six-yard box. There's a brief check whether Azpilicueta handled the ball but he didn't. A corner's all West Ham will get.
T. Werner
Yellow Card
Chelsea
35' West Ham get forward in transition and Werner slides in on Lingard from behind, bringing the England midfielder down. Werner's booked for the tackle.
33' Fredericks buys West Ham a free-kick in Chelsea's half and Noble makes a run through the middle. Coufal swings the cross in and Christensen beats Bowen to the header. Lingard is unable to follow it up with anything substantial.
31' Mount and Werner combine once more, creating a similar chance to the one they did earlier with Mount the provider. It ends a similar way too as Werner fires wide to the right of goal.
29' Balbuena gets fouled in his own half before Chelsea earn a free-kick up the other end. It's a short lull in what's been an OK opening half hour.
27' Chelsea slow things down a little, biding their time before attacking West Ham again after Azpilicueta's ruled offside. Pulisic wriggles towards the box from the left and Fabianski boots the ball away from danger.
25' Chelsea head the corner out but West Ham keep the pressure on. It doesn't work out though and Chelsea try to break. West Ham do well to race back and quell the threat.
24' Fredericks takes on Azpilicueta and the ball goes out off the Chelsea captain for a West Ham corner. Let's see what the hosts can make of this.
23' Christensen is overeager in challenging Soucek for a loose ball and the Dane is penalised. West Ham use this opportunity to push out of their own half for the first time in a while as Fabianski takes the free-kick.
21' Chelsea are huffing and puffing as Werner's effort from range deflects out for a corner to the visitors. West Ham handle it but Pulisic gets back in position to regain the ball for Chelsea. West Ham have nowhere to go at the moment.
20' Mount's ball into the box is cleared by Coufal. Lingard wins a free-kick near the touchline to relieve the pressure on West Ham.
18' Chelsea really look like they mean business, racing forward at every opportunity. They know a win here would do their top-four hopes a world of good. West Ham have managed to hold firm at the start of this half though.
17' Jorginho flings a deep cross into the box for Werner who's beaten to the header. Chelsea come again and Mount is dispossessed in the penalty area.
15' This game's been end-to-end so far, although Chelsea are the only team to have had a shot yet. Werner darts down the right-hand channel and finds Pulisic in the box. The American's shot at Fabianski is tame.
14' West Ham are looking decent on the break. The hosts spring forward through Fredericks who has free reign down the left flank. Unfortunately Fredericks doesn't know whether to shoot or cross and ends up doing neither well.
13' West Ham get a free-kick near the right touchline. Their captain Noble's delivery into the box is poor and Chelsea clear it without much difficulty.
12' Chelsea have had 76 per cent possession so far. That'll suit West Ham just fine as they're more comfortable on the counter-attack.
11' West Ham force the first corner of the game down their right. Bowen swings it in with his left foot. Mendy leaps up and catches it easily.
10' Mount twists and turns to the right of the box, keeping hold of the ball to cut inside on his left foot. The England man takes aim for the bottom left corner but it's a comfortable save for Fabianski.
9' Chelsea over-commit forward and West Ham suddenly find themselves three versus two. Bowen slides in Lingard to his left but West Ham's on-loan talisman is offside.
8' Werner skips inside and lays off to Mount who carries the ball forward. Chelsea keep possession for a while before Chilwell strays offside.
6' Chelsea push upfield again but this time West Ham manage to play their way out. The hosts look to counter-attack but can only hand Chelsea a goal kick.
4' Mount finds himself in space down the right for Chelsea and cuts back for Werner in the box. The German leans back and blasts an effort way off target. That was a decent opportunity for the visitors.
2' Chelsea get the positional advantage early on, lofting a cross into West Ham's box from the right. Their goalkeeper Fabianski is on hand to claim it.
1' The referee Chris Kavanagh blows his whistle and Chelsea get this vital top-four clash underway!
West Ham and Chelsea are heading out onto the London Stadium pitch as West Ham's customary bubbles float through the air. Both teams are in their first-choice colours. No away kits needed today!
Despite their injury issues West Ham will believe they can land an important blow on Chelsea, having improved against them of late. The Hammers have won three of their last five home league games against the Blues and are unbeaten in their last five London derbies here at the London Stadium. Only Manchester City have earned more points than them at home this season. That said, Chelsea beat West Ham 3-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier this season and remain unbeaten away from home under Tuchel. Something's got to give.
West Ham make two changes to the team that fought back unsuccessfully against Newcastle. Their influential centre-back Craig Dawson is suspended so Balbuena comes in, as does Fredericks at left wing-back. They're still without the likes of Aaron Cresswell, Declan Rice and Michail Antonio. Chelsea make six changes from their midweek draw with Brighton, putting out what looks close to their strongest 11.
SUBS: Reece James, Kai Havertz, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Kurt Zouma, Hakim Ziyech, Tammy Abraham, Billy Gilmour, Marcos Alonso, Callum Hudson-Odoi.
CHELSEA (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger; Cesar Azpilicueta (c), N'Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ben Chilwell; Mason Mount, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic.
SUBS: Manuel Lanzini, Said Benrahma, Frederik Alves, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ben Johnson, Ademipo Odubeko, Darren Randolph, Conor Coventry, Nathan Trott.
WEST HAM UNITED (3-4-1-2): Lukasz Fabianski; Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Angelo Ogbonna; Vladimir Coufal, Mark Noble (c), Tomas Soucek, Ryan Fredericks; Pablo Fornals; Jesse Lingard, Jarrod Bowen.
Chelsea have no such problems defensively, although they missed the chance to go third midweek after stuttering to a 0-0 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion. With the furore around the Super League now dying down, Thomas Tuchel will want his team to see off an upstart West Ham and cement their fourth-placed position.
This game may prove crucial in deciding whether West Ham and Chelsea finish in the Premier League top four. David Moyes' fifth-placed Hammers put entertainment ahead of efficiency last time out in a 3-2 defeat to Newcastle United. If West Ham want to make it to the Champions League, now might be the time for them to start tightening up.
Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this Premier League clash between West Ham United and Chelsea at the London Stadium.