Chelsea moved one step nearer to the Champions League with a 1-Zero victory towards European rivals West Ham United in an action-packed sport on the London Stadium.
Timo Werner might have endured a tough first season at Stamford Bridge, however his objective simply earlier than half time in east London sealed all three factors which places the Blues fourth within the desk.
With Liverpool dropping factors towards Newcastle earlier within the day, each side had a possibility to stake their declare for a seat on the high seat of European soccer.
Werner has been straight concerned in 20 targets for the Blues this season, greater than every other participant for the membership this season.
Whereas it was a terrific day for the guests, West Ham endured a uncommon irritating night at residence which was made worse by a controversial resolution from VAR.
Fabian Balbuena noticed pink after his studs caught Ben Chilwell, however it may very well be argued the Paraguay worldwide couldn’t have positioned his studs wherever else after clearing the ball.
With Actual Madrid to come back within the Champions League and an enormous sport towards Leicester nonetheless to play, this consequence may properly be one which Thomas Tuchel and his Chelsea facet look again on with significance.
The dream remains to be alive for West Ham, however their depleted squad might properly should be excellent prior to now and the tip of the season to drag off a miracle.
Chelsea began the sport brightly after a dour draw towards Brighton, maintaining the ball for enjoyable with out actually troubling Lukasz Fabianski.
The Hammers thought as that they had a shout for a penalty when Tomas Soucek prodded an effort at objective after a whipped supply from Lingard from deep discovered the Czech Republic worldwide.
Cesar Azpilicueta was doing his defensive responsibility, however will need to have had his coronary heart in his mouth because the ball ricocheted onto his thigh off of his chest.
Werner wriggled away from the eye of Angelo Ogbonna and located Christian Pulisic, who fed the rampaging Ben Chilwell on the left hand facet.
The England worldwide managed to string the ball by the attention of a needle and the ball landed completely at Werner’s toes from simply seven yards.
West Ham began the second half brightly, however ought to have been two down when Mason Mount pressured Fabianski into a wise save, however may solely push the ball into the trail of Werner.
The previous RB Leipzig ahead ought to have put the sport to mattress already from simply 4 yards out, however dragged his left footed shot large.
Lingard nearly punished him with the very subsequent assault of the sport because the hosts grew in confidence. Mark Noble made a uncommon break ahead and his cross discovered Ryan Fredericks. His effort was blocked, however it fell to Lingard and his speculative volley simply flew previous the submit.
Sensing the sport slipping away from his facet, Moyes despatched on Manuel Lanzini and Mentioned Benrahma because the Scot gambled to attempt to rectify the scoreline.
The sport successfully modified when Fabian Balbuena was proven a straight pink card after he cleared the ball, however left his studs on Chilwell’s ankle.
Gary Lineker Tweeted: “Oh FFS, that’s not a pink card. He’s simply clearing the ball. Ridiculous.”
Down to 10 males for the second time in as many weeks, the Hammers tried all they may to drag their west London rivals again, however failed.