Substitute Kai Havertz scored a late winner as Chelsea came from behind to record a dramatic victory over West Ham, who had a 90th-minute Maxwel Cornet equaliser ruled out.
The Hammers frustrated Chelsea in a first half that saw plenty of home possession but no shots on target for either side, and looked to have executed their gameplan to perfection when Michail Antonio scored from a rare attack after 62 minutes.
The forward bundled in from close range after Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy failed to deal with a corner, but the visitors’ lead was wiped out 14 minutes later.
Chelsea, on the back of a record summer of spending and with £70m arrival Wesley Fofana making his debut, had struggled to break down David Moyes’ side before Ben Chilwell snuck in to level from a tight angle shortly after coming off the bench.
It sparked a frantic finish, with Cornet almost winning it late on for the visitors, only to see his header come back off the post and the Blues immediately score themselves through a clinical Havertz header from Chilwell’s cross.
There was still time for more drama as Cornet pounced, but only after a foul on Mendy that was awarded once referee Andrew Madley consulted the pitchside monitor.
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West Ham United
- 6Thiago Silva
- 12Loftus-CheekBooked at 9minsSubstituted forJorginhoat 83′minutes
- 24JamesBooked at 54mins
- 23GallagherSubstituted forBrojaat 60′minutes
- 8KovacicSubstituted forHavertzat 72′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 32CucurellaBooked at 35minsSubstituted forChilwellat 72′minutes
- 10PulisicSubstituted forMountat 60′minutes
- 24KehrerBooked at 90mins
- 11Tolentino Coelho de LimaSubstituted forOgbonnaat 83′minutes
- 8FornalsSubstituted forCornetat 86′minutes
- 9AntonioBooked at 54minsSubstituted forBenrahmaat 74′minutes
- Andy Madley
Match ends, Chelsea 2, West Ham United 1.
Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, West Ham United 1.
Kai Havertz (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.
Armando Broja (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Emerson (West Ham United).
Thilo Kehrer (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.
VAR Decision: No Goal Chelsea 2-1 West Ham United.
Édouard Mendy (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United).
GOAL OVERTURNED BY VAR: Maxwel Cornet (West Ham United) scores but the goal is ruled out after a VAR review.
Goal! Chelsea 2, West Ham United 1. Kai Havertz (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Chilwell.
Maxwel Cornet (West Ham United) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma with a cross.
Substitution, West Ham United. Maxwel Cornet replaces Pablo Fornals.
Foul by Jorginho (Chelsea).
Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Chelsea. Jorginho replaces Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Substitution, West Ham United. Angelo Ogbonna replaces Lucas Paquetá.
Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Vladimír Coufal (West Ham United).
Foul by Kalidou Koulibaly (Chelsea).
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