FULL TIME - Chelsea 2-0 West Ham
A brace for @HazardEden_10
, the Blues move up to 3rd in the Premier League! 💪
The Blues pick up 3 hard-earned points against their London rivals, which could be crucial in their hopes of finishing in the top four.
Chelsea played much better in the first half, creating excellent chances down both wings with an end result too. Most of this creativity has stemmed through Eden Hazard and Callum Hudson-Odoi, while Higuain struggled in the centre.
Eden Hazard scored an outstanding goal. Getting the ball outside the box from Loftus-Cheek, Cruyff turning, then dancing through 4 West Ham defenders before slotting it into the bottom right to take the lead.
Shortly after, Hazard also had a penalty appeal waved away, after the Belgian was seemingly barged to the ground by Marco Arnautovic. However, the referee gave nothing.
Higuain also had a golden opportunity to double Chelsea's lead. He received the ball from a cross but chose to chest it down first before volleying instead of heading it, and this arguably cost him a goal.
In the second half, Chelsea received a scare when West Ham got a good shot off, but Kepa made a superb save to keep his clean sheet for the evening.
Chelsea also had excellent opportunities. The first came when Ruben Loftus-Cheek had a good shot saved as well as Giroud and Barkley both narrowly missing low crosses at the far post.
Eden Hazard was played onside by Aaron Cresswell in the 90th minute and wrapped up the three points with a good finish into the bottom corner with an assist from Ross Barkley.
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