Chelsea Struggles Continue: West Ham Defeats Blues 3-1

by | Aug 21, 2023 | Football

On this Sunday (20), Chelsea was defeated 3-1 by West Ham, playing away from home in a London derby match for the 2nd round of the Premier League. Despite significant investments in the transfer market, the team managed by Mauricio Pochettino has yet to secure a victory this season, starting with a draw against Liverpool.

As a result, the team currently sits at the 14th position on the national league table, dangerously close to the relegation zone.

West Ham, having no connection to this situation, started the match with a strong intensity and took the lead at the 7th minute of the first half.

Following an excellent corner kick executed by the specialist Ward-Prowse, the defender Aguerd rose without opposition and headed strongly into the back of the net.

However, Chelsea wasn’t discouraged and gradually began to control the game at the London Stadium, achieving the equalizer at the 28th minute.

In an impressive individual play, the striker Chukwuemeka skillfully dribbled past his marker in the penalty area and unleashed a powerful shot to find the net.

The Blues had a chance to turn the game around shortly after when Sterling was brought down by Soucek in the box: penalty!

The Argentine Enzo Fernández, who was signed for 121 million euros (or R$ 655 million, in the current exchange rate) last year, took the responsibility but took a disastrous shot, allowing goalkeeper Areola to make the save.

In the second half, the Blues were punished for this mistake.

At the 8th minute, the talented forward Michail Antonio received a through pass in a counter-attack, evaded Disasi’s marking, and fired a powerful curled shot, finding the back of the net in Robert Sánchez’s corner.

The visitors held onto hopes for a comeback towards the end of the game when Aguerd committed a foul in midfield, received his second yellow card, and was sent off, leaving West Ham with one player short.

However, West Ham managed to hold onto the lead until the end and extended their advantage through a converted penalty, after Moisés Caicedo brought down the Italo-Brazilian Emerson Palmieri in the box.

Lucas Paquetá, who started the game even though he was under investigation for alleged involvement in illegal sports betting, stepped up to take the penalty expertly, scoring the third goal for West Ham.

In his celebration, Paquetá displayed significant enthusiasm and let out a triumphant shout, one day after being removed from the Brazilian national team call-up due to investigations by the English Federation.

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