Andriy Yarmolenko boosted West Ham’s hopes of staying within 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 within the 89th minute to ship West Ham three factors away from the relegation zone with six video games remaining. “This season so many issues haven’t gone our manner,” mentioned Michail Antonio, who began as West Ham’s lone striker. “However in the present day it didn’t cease us, we simply stored going, and we acquired the victory.
“It was exhausting, they play unbelievable soccer, and so they stored pinning us in. It’s a huge consequence.” It had regarded like being an evening of frustration for David Moyes’ facet, which was denied an opener after a prolonged VAR overview. That was adopted on the different finish by conceding a penalty that was transformed by Willian.
Though Tomas Soucek leveled in first-half stoppage time and Antonio put the hosts in entrance at the beginning of the second half, Willian regarded like recovering a degree for Chelsea when he netted for a second time within the 72nd minute. With the loss, fourth-place Chelsea is now solely two factors forward of Manchester United and Wolverhampton within the pursuit of Champions League qualification.
It halted Chelsea’s momentum after beating deposed champion Manchester Metropolis final Thursday after which reaching the FA Cup semifinals by eliminating Leicester on Sunday.
They couldn’t blame a hostile ambiance, although, as greater than 60,000 seats have been empty on the Olympic Stadium because of the coronavirus pandemic restrictions.
However the watch for a VAR ruling appears even longer when the stadium falls utterly silent — because it did in east London for greater than three minutes after Soucek’s celebrations have been curtailed.
Souček scrambled the ball into the web after connecting with a nook from Bowen within the 34th minute. However the VAR dominated that Antonio, who was flat on the bottom wanting away from aim, 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 solely deepened the West Ham irritation.
“I used to be indignant,” Moyes mentioned. “Too many small choices had gone towards us. It didn’t really feel proper on the time.”
However the coaches and gamers are instructed to take care of social distancing somewhat than confronting match officers.
Play resumed and shortly there was a penalty ruling that went towards West Ham and survived a VAR overview when Christian Pulisic’s fell over after being caught by Diop. Willian transformed from the penalty spot to compound West Ham’s frustrations.
However in stoppage time, Chelsea was crushed at one other set piece as Souček headed in from Bowen’s nook.
Chelsea was picked aside once more six minutes into the second half, with a slick transfer down the left.
Declan Rice performed a one-two with Pablo Fornals earlier than passing to Antonio on the sting of the penalty space.
Antonio was nudged over by Antonio Rüdiger however, somewhat than interesting for a penalty, he acquired again up on his ft. Because the ball was recycled, it discovered its method to Bowen on the appropriate and he squared for Antonio to slip it into the web.
Chelsea equalized when Willian’s free kick hit the within of the put up and beat the outstretched goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański.
Pulisic thought Fabianski had been crushed once more with a low shot but it surely crept large of the put up. The miss proved pricey.
Rice seized possession on the sting of his personal space and launched a excessive cross to Antonio on the midway line. The ball was despatched crossfield to Yarmolenko, who lower previous Rüdiger and struck into the underside nook.