May 23, 2022

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Pulisic spares Jorginho’s blushes as Chelsea beat weakend West Ham

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Christian Pulisic’s late strike brought an end to Chelsea’s wretched run of home form with a 1-0 victory over West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

The Hammers clearly had one eye on their Europa League semi-final clash with Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday as David Moyes made six changes to his side, leaving the likes of Declan Rice, Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen on the bench, while Tuchel made four alterations, one of them forced at the last minute as Trevor Chalobah came into the lineup after Andreas Christensen complained of stomach trouble during the warm-up.

Kai Havertz returned to lead the line in place of Romelu Lukaku but the German had little to feed off, N’Golo Kante going closest with two long-range efforts, while Said Benrahma pounced on Blues errors to create the Hammers’ only openings of the first 45 minutes.

The home side improved marginally after the break but were thwarted by West Ham’s only fit senior centre-half, Craig Dawson, who made crucial blocks from both Timo Werner and Mason Mount.

Thomas Tuchel’s team had lost their previous two home matches in the league and that poor form looked set to continue when Jorginho’s awful 87th-minute penalty was saved.

Yet West Ham had been reduced to 10 men when Craig Dawson fouled Romelu Lukaku for that spot-kick, and Chelsea made their numerical advantage count in the final minute of normal time.

Pulisic was the hero, slotting in from Marcos Alonso’s cross to get Chelsea back to winning ways at home.

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