Full-time: Chelsea 2-2 West Ham United

  • Lanzini scores a stunner from distance.
  • Cesc bends the ball into the top corner to level the score.
  • Andy Carroll gives the Hammers the lead again.
  • Cesc levels the game after controversial penalty.
Cesc finds the net for Chelsea
Cesc finds the net for Chelsea Getty Images

Full-time: Chelsea 2-2 West Ham United

What a corking game of football at Stamford Bridge. We had great goals, drama and controversial decisions.

The Hammers were probably the better team, but Chelsea showed great character to snatch a draw late in the day.


GOAL: Chelsea 2-2 West Ham United (Cesc)

The Spaniard keeps his cool from 12 yards. He looked relaxed and tucked it away neatly.

Slaven Bilic will be furious with his side, who over-committed in attack before giving away a penalty.


Penalty to Chelsea!

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is fouled when he looks to be through on goal. Replays suggest the foul took place outside the box.


Ah, Andy Carroll is so close to sealing victory. The Hulk-like figure climbs highest at a corner but his goal-bound effort is cleared off the line.

Chelsea survive.


This would be a fourth successive Premier League win for the Hammers if they can hang on.

It would also be their first at Stamford Bridge since 2002. They're almost home and hosed now.


Obi Mikel flashes the ball wide from distance. A sign of desperation, perhaps, from the Blues.

Meanwhile, Guus Hiddink have made another change: Loftus-Cheek on for Oscar.

John Obi Mikel shows his frustration
John Obi Mikel shows his frustration Getty Images


Obiang comes on in place of Lanzini, who has been terrific today. He looks exhausted though, as he makes his way to the touchline.

Bilic is looking to close up shop now.


West Ham continue to pose a threat at the other end. Payet's pace and skill, allied to Carroll's physicality, means the Blues cannot rest on their laurels.

Another goal will seal victory for Slaven Bilic's men at this stage.

Andy Carroll finds the net
Andy Carroll finds the net Getty Images


It's a one-man effort from Cesc at the moment. After a scramble in the West Ham box, the ball flies into the air and the Spaniard launches a bicycle kick at goal.

Again, though, he can't find the net. It's starting to feel like one of those days for Guus Hiddink's men.


Chelsea still have Alexandre Pato on the bench, remember. If he is not going to be used in this situation, what is he doing at Stamford Bridge?

Chelsea have 15 minutes to find an equaliser.


Less than 20 minutes left at the Bridge, then. Chelsea are looking around, wondering who can provide their inspiration.

I'm sure they'd love to have Eden Hazard or Diego Costa on the field.

Well, just as I say that, Cesc almost gets his second of the game. The midfield master runs off the back of Andy Carroll, but can't find the net.


Remember, if West Ham win today, they will move into the top four in the Premier League. They really do look like an accomplished side under Slaven Bilic.

Andy Carroll is introduced as a sub
Andy Carroll is introduced as a sub Getty Images


GOAL: Chelsea 1-2 West Ham United (Carroll)

The Hammers are back in front at the Bridge! Andy Carroll has the all-important goal, firing the ball low and to the right of the Chelsea goalkeeper after a sweeping move.

The Englishman has scored four Premier League goals this season - two have come against Chelsea. Carroll had only been on the field a minute or so.

Can West Ham hang on this time?


Well, just as a Chelsea goal appears inevitable, West Ham going flying up the other end and almost re-take the lead.

This game is soooo spread at the moment. Surely there will be more goals before the final whistle.


It's one-way traffic at the moment. Whatever Guus Hiddink said at half-time, it seems to have worked.

The Blues must be the favourites at this stage of the game.

Chelsea players scrap for the ball
Chelsea players scrap for the ball Getty Images


Now it's John Terry's turn to have a go at goal.

On this occasion, the former England captain gets his head on a freekick, but his effort is well saved by Adrian in the West Ham net.

Chelsea are turning up the pressure now, though. They have been so much better in this second-half so far.


Oscar misses a great chance for Chelsea.

The ball is played across the West Ham box, but the twinkle-toed Brazilian directs his effort just wide of the post. Everyone expected the net to burst, there.

Diego Costa watches from the sidelines
Diego Costa watches from the sidelines Getty Images


Just going back to the Cesc goal briefly...

  • The Spaniard became the fourth Chelsea player this season to score a direct free-kick goal in all competitions.
  • He also scored his first goal directly from a free-kick in the Premier League since December 2009.
Cesc finds the net for Chelsea
Cesc finds the net for Chelsea Getty Images


The ref blows his whistle and the game recommences. Let's hope the second period is as good as the first.

Chelsea have made a change, by the way...


Other Premier League scores:

  • Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester
  • Watford 0-1 Stoke
  • West Brom 0-0 Norwich
Riyad Mahrez scored for the Foxes
Riyad Mahrez scored for the Foxes Getty Images


Half-time: Chelsea 1-1 West Ham United

The Hammers have been the better team for the most part, but Cesc's effort late in the first half has put a completely different complexion on the game.

What a second-half we have in prospect...

Sakho and Lanzini celebrate
Sakho and Lanzini celebrate the Hammers\' goal Getty Images


GOAL: Chelsea 1-1 West Ham United (Cesc)

The hosts are level on the stroke of half time!

Cesc bends the freekick into the top corner and beyond Adrian in the West Ham net. Another beautiful goal, that.


There will be three minutes of stoppage time. Chelsea need to get in the dressing room and have a rethink of what they're doing at the moment.


Chelsea have a freekick in a dangerous position.

What can the Brazilian Willian do from here? His right-footed effort drifts wide of the post - that was still among Chelsea's best efforts so far today.

It hasn't been great stuff from the home team, who look like a side that don't have anything to play for.

West Ham players celebrating their goal
West Ham players celebrating their goal Getty Images