West Ham Beats Chelsea 3-1

By Jamiu Ogunshe, Lagos

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Ten-man West Ham recorded a thrilling 3-1 win over rivals Chelsea.

Nayef Aguerd nodded West Ham into a seventh-minute lead, taking advantage of some non-existent Chelsea marking to head home debutant James Ward-Prowse’s inch-perfect corner kick, before Carney Chukwuemeka – later subbed with a knee injury levelled with a delicious strike, the 19-year-old’s first in the Premier League.

In fact, the Blues who resisted the temptation to hand Moises Caicedo his debut after his recent British record transfer from Brighton  really should have gone in ahead at the break, only for Enzo Fernandez to see his poorly struck penalty saved by Alphonse Areola on the stroke of half-time.

That proved key as against the run of play, Michail Antonio slammed the hosts back in front eight minutes after half-time and despite Aguerd then seeing red midway through the second half after a second yellow, the Hammers held on for a rousing win, sealed by Lucas Pacqeta’s stoppage-time penalty after a foul by Caicedo on Emerson.

West Ham, who handed a late debut to Edson Alvarez, move up to sixth in the table after their first win of the new campaign, while Chelsea are 15th and still looking for their first three points of the season.


Sky News/Jamiu Ogunshe

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