Tammy Abraham netted a late double last night (Monday) as Chelsea beat West Ham 3-0 to reignite their Premier League challenge after consecutive defeats.
The Hammers proved tricky opponents at an empty Stamford Bridge but lacked the firepower to hurt the Blues, who led early through Thiago Silva’s bullet header.
West Ham had the ball in the net in the seventh minute after a cleverly worked free kick but Declan Rice was denied by the off-side flag after an impressive finish from a tight angle.
Three minutes later Chelsea were in front when Silva powered home a header from Mason Mount’s corner.
The Brazilian found the net from close range after a well-timed run, leaving West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski rooted to the spot.
Chelsea enjoyed the lion’s share of possession after their goal without creating much of note but West Ham worked their way into the game as the half wore on.
Two minutes later Chelsea were 3-0 up when Abraham fired home from a tight angle after Fabianski had done well to keep out Christian Pulisic’s header.
The win lifts Chelsea to 25 points — one behind fourth-placed Everton — while West Ham stay in 10th place.
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