Chelsea 2-0 West Ham Utd

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 8th April 2019

West Ham fell to a predictable defeat at Stamford Bridge as an Eden Hazard brace secured all three points for the home side.

The Belgian international, widely tipped to leave Stamford Bridge this summer scored either side of the half time interval - in the 24th and 90th minutes - to condemn West Ham to back-to-back Premier League defeats.

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Manuel Pellegrini's decision to adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation failed to provide dividends as West Ham were unable to conjure a single shot on target during the entire first half.

However Chelsea managed to break the deadlock 24 minutes into the game when Hazard walzed through West Ham's midfield and defence before planting his finish to the left of Lucasz Fabianski - a goal the player himself later described as "something special".

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An altered shape after the break (4-1-4-1), with Marko Arnautovic replacing Javier Hernandez as the sole striker made West Ham far more competitive, although it was Chelsea who were to ultimately take all the points.

Yet it wasn't until the final minute of the match that Hazard finally managed to put the game beyond West Ham's grasp. A clever delivery from Ross Barkely found the Belgian in acres of space, allowing him to pick his spot firing across Fabianski's goal.

The defeat leaves West Ham 11th in the Premier League, five points behind seventh-placed Leicester with only five games of the league campaign left to play.

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West Ham Utd: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Noble (Obiang 70), Lanzini, Arnautovic, Anderson, Hernandez (Snodgrass 46).

Subs not used: Adrian, Masuaku, Diop, Nasri, Perez.

Booked: Ogbonna.

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek (Barkley 70), Hudson-Odoi (Pedro 85), Hazard, Higuain (Giroud 76)

Subs not used: Caballero, Kovacic, Willian, Christensen.

Goals: Hazard (24, 90).

Booked: Azpilicueta, Kepa.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh.

Attendance: 40,537.

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