Leaders Chelsea hammered down by West Ham

Mueez Ajao

– West Ham United twice came from behind to earn a stunning 3-2 victory over Chelsea following a difficult day for Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy at the London Stadium on Saturday.

– The hosts, who have already beaten Liverpool this campaign but came into the match with no wins in their last three matches, twice came from behind to ensure a share of the points.

– Thomas Tuchel’s side were dominant early on and took a deserved lead when Thiago Silva headed in Mason Mount’s corner on 23 minutes.


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– And just moments later, Silva was the hero at the other end as he used his experience to stop Vladimir Coufal’s effort on the line.

– Despite Chelsea’s superiority, West Ham were given a chance to go level five minutes before half-time when Mendy failed to clear Jorginho’s backpass and fouled Jarrod Bowen in the process.

– Referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot and Manuel Lanzini sent Mendy the wrong way to make it 1-1.

– But West Ham failed to go into the break ahead as Mount put Chelsea 2-1 ahead with a stunning close-range volley following a delightful cross from Hakim Ziyech.

– David Moyes’ team were a different side after the interval and again equalised on 58 minutes as Bowen powered an effort past Mendy after picking up Michail Antonio’s knockdown.

– And with the game petering out for a draw, Arthur Masuaku caught Mendy out at his near post with three minutes remaining with what appeared to be a mishit cross but found its way into the back of the net.