Westham 3-1 Chelsea

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgRafael Benitez’s troubled start to life at Chelsea plumbed new depths at Upton Park, as West Ham produced an incredible second-half comeback to snatch a memorable victory.Chants of “sacked in the morning” and “one Di Matteo” rang out as Chelsea allowed a 1-0 half-time lead to slip, with West Ham roaring back thanks to goals from Carlton Cole, Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga.Juan Mata fired Chelsea in front early in the first half and the visitors might have increased their advantage before the interval, only to see a series of good chances go to waste.Carlton Cole headed West Ham level, before Diame fired in with a ferocious low shot. With time running out West Ham broke again, allowing Maiga to turn in a rebound.To make matters worse, 26 points from 15 matches represents Chelsea’s worst Premier League start in the Abramovich era.It is the first time since February 1995 that Chelsea have failed to win for seven league matches and Benitez becomes the first manager since Gianluca Vialli to not win any of his opening three matches as manager. Much of the focus after this game will fall on Benitez and Chelsea but West Ham were an unrecognisable team after the interval, with the introduction of Diame crucial in changing the game.Chelsea will struggle to know how they let this one slip. Sharper to the ball and swifter to use it, they bossed the early stages, although it took until the 13th minute for them to construct their first meaningful attack.Victor Moses gathered the ball wide on the right and, seeing Torres angling his run behind the West Ham backline, found his team-mate with a cleverly weighted pass. In one fluid movement, the struggling striker cut the ball back across goal where Mata stroked it beyond goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. The move was a study in simplicity.Chelsea’s attacking play was creative, clever and, at times, rapier sharp. The West Ham defence was shredded time and again, as Torres, Moses and Mata were each presented chances that they contrived to waste. And yet, the hosts clung on.Mark Noble fought for everything in the engine room, Matt Jarvis turned and twisted and Kevin Nolan provided the spark in attack. As half-time approached Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech was booked for punching outside his area. James Collins’s resulting free-kick deflected up, allowing James Tomkins to head on to Nolan, whose powerful header was tipped over.The introduction of Diame gave West Ham another dimension. The confidence and swagger which had accompanied Chelsea’s play in the first half deserted them as the contest turned into an altogether more muscular affair.Where West Ham had stood off and allowed Chelsea to dictate, now they snapped in and fought for everything. Carlton Cole had wasted two earlier chances but when Jarvis’s cross deflected up off Gary Cahill, he reacted before Ivanovic, to stoop low and head firmly beyond Cech at the near post. Jarvis tested Cech moments later. Chelsea were being forced back time and again but their attacking threat remained nonetheless. Eden Hazard forced Jaaskelainen to turn his fierce low shot away, only for Torres to prod the rebound straight back at the West Ham goalkeeper.Moments later, Mata clattered Jaaskelainen’s left-hand post with a delightful 25-yard free-kick. West Ham were at it too, however, as first Jarvis raced clear only to see his shot brilliantly saved by Cech before Ashley Cole cleared Winston Reid’s header off the line. But West Ham would not be denied.Carlton Cole’s clever pass found Diame on the edge of the box and his shot flashed beyond Cech and into the net.Chelsea were all over the place and when Matthew Taylor’s shot was deflected back to Maiga, the West Ham forward made no mistake to complete an incredible comeback.last_img read more


Aces’ semis exit fuels Enciso’s hot streak in Governors’ Cup

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Close your mouth! Dirty sea water mars Asiad sailing DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Alaska is having the best start of any team in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup with three straight wins in as many games and its thanks to no small part to Simon Enciso’s torrid shooting.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew And it was this loss that lit a fire under Enciso.He had a career game in Alaska’s 125-96 win over TNT as he put up nine three-pointers for 30 points and he followed it up with an 18-point night against the Fuel Masters whom he torched with six triples.“I’m really comfortable right now, with the help of coach Alex [Compton], the coaching staff, the management, my teammates, and especially the veterans, they’ve helped me a lot,” said Enciso who singled out Vic Manuel, Sonny Thoss, JVee Casio, and Chris Banchero.“It’s just a matter of time until I get comfortable and with the help of the team I know I can.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? For the past two games, the 5-foot-11 guard averaged 24 points and 7.5 three-pointers a game and it was a previous setback that inspired him to put on the shooting performance he’s been on.“I’ve just been in the gym lately and last conference I had a good taste of the semifinals and how close we could’ve gone to the finals,” said Enciso after their 108-97 win over Phoenix Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It just inspired me and added more fire to my motivation and to get back to the gym and really work on my craft and all the hard work is just paying off right now.”The Aces finished with the second-best record in the Commissioner’s Cup, 8-3, but got eliminated in the semifinals after losing to San Miguel 3-1 in the five-game series. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more