Andriy Yarmolenko last-gasp winner stuns Chelsea in the premier league
Andriy Yarmolenko gave West Ham a massive survival boost by netting a last-gasp winner against Chelsea in a thrilling 3-2 victory for the Hammers.
Although the form book would’ve said otherwise, David Moyes’ men climb three points above the drop zone after stunning the Blues on Wednesday night.
Moyes will feel justice was done after the Hammers were controversially denied the game’s first goal by VAR, before Willian put Chelsea in front from the spot.
However, West Ham looked as dangerous as Chelsea did sloppy and they turned things around thanks to Tomas Soucek and Michail Antonio.
Willian hauled Chelsea back into the game with a stunning free-kick, but the Blues’ defensive frailty would ultimately cost them when Yarmolenko found himself in acres of space in the dying moments.
The Ukrainian cut inside and fired an emphatic finish past Kepa Arrizabalaga to ensure West Ham capitalised on Bournemouth’s 4-1 defeat to Newcastle earlier this evening.
Meanwhile, Chelsea miss the opportunity to climb above Leicester, who also dropped points in their 2-1 defeat to Everton.
The Blues were characteristically dominant in possession, but the Hammers thought they had gone ahead in the 34th minute when Soucek bundled the ball home from a corner.
VAR officials subsequently took around two-and-a-half minutes to review the situation and ultimately decided to disallow it for offside against Michail Antonio.
The 30-year-old was lying on the ground as Soucek lifted the ball over him into the back of the net.
Chelsea rubbed salt into the wounds by winning a penalty at the other end when Issa Diop fouled Christian Pulisic and Willian, who has never missed a pen for the Blues, duly converted.
However, their lead was to be cancelled out before half-time as January signing Soucek eventually got his first goal for club.
Questions will linger of Kepa Arrizabalaga, who came for the corner without success, but Chelsea’s overall defending throughout the match will cause Lampard greater concern.
They were opened up by the Hammers, who had lost every game since the restart up to this point, and they deservedly went ahead through Antonio just after half-time.
Willian scored a free-kick worthy of winning any game to equalise, but ultimately Chelsea’s defence let him down and they were carved open once again in the 89th minute as Yarmolenko charged through to win it.
Andriy Yarmolenko winner stuns Chelsea