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Match Report: West Ham 3-1 Chelsea

The much-anticipated London derby ended in massive heartbreak for Chelsea as the Blues squandered a 1-0 lead to end the match 3-1. The game was a perfect demonstration of Chelsea’s inability to kill off games and today, they paid for it handsomely.

First half

Chelsea started the match positively, winning a corner in the 2nd minute of the game. Chelsea were playing well and passing the ball nicely, but weren’t creating chances. The first real chance resulted in a goal. Moses put Torres through, whose cutback found Mata and the little Spaniard made no mistake with the finish. 1-0 with 13 mins gone. Moses should have made it 2-0 a few minutes later but squandered his effort. Torres had a half-chance when Ramires found him with a pass at the end of a lung-bursting run, but Torres shot over. Hazard also shot just over after he found a bit of space. Cech gave away a silly free-kick after handling outside the ball, but saved well after the free-kick. The half ended 0-1 to Chelsea.

Second half

West Ham took the game by the scruff of it’s neck in the beginning of the 2nd half. Chelsea were often found penned inside their own half for long periods while West Ham attacked. Their persistence eventually paid off when Carlton Cole scored from a header, although it looked like Ivanovic had been fouled during play. The goal stood, and no one could say West Ham didn’t deserve that equalizer. The Hammers, galvanized by the goal, pressed on for the win. Benitez brought on both Oscar and Marko Marin in quick succession in the hopes of winning the game. However, it wasn’t meant to be. Diame, the man who had been inspirational for West Ham since coming on in the 2nd half, was found unmarked with a pass and slammed the ball past Cech. 2-1 with 86 mins gone. Chelsea tried hard to respond, but the game was well and truly killed off in stoppage time when Ashley Cole gave the ball away and the Hammers scored their 3rd. The match ended 3-1 to West Ham.

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