Super subs, VAR help the Blues to all 3 points (video)

Ben Chilwell came off the bench to score and substitute Kai Havertz’s winner – and a controversial VAR delay – to give Chelsea a 2-1 win over West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

West Ham were denied an immediate equalizer when Maxwell Cornet’s chipped rebound goal was disallowed for a controversial foul by Jarrod Bowen on Edouard Mendy in the opening shot.

WATCH CHELSEA – WEST HAM REPLAY

West Ham took a 1-0 lead through Michail Antonio as all the goals came in the second half of a game that sprang to life in the final half hour.

USMNT forward Christian Pulisic played the first 60 minutes for Chelsea, who advance to the first match of the UEFA Champions League group stage with three wins, one draw and two losses. The Blues’ 10 points mean they will finish the weekend no lower than sixth.

West Ham, meanwhile, can still finish in the bottom three if Aston Villa or Leicester City get positive results this weekend.

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What we learned from Chelsea vs West Ham

Chelsea take a break as VAR disallows West Ham’s equaliser: Edward Mendy’s soft effort to clear a ball away from danger saw a leaping Jarrod Bowen clip the keeper’s arm on his next step. Mendy stays down, clutching his arm as Maxwel Cornet collects the rebound and heads the ball over 90 to give West Ham a 2-2 scoreline. But VAR asks referee Andy Mandley to wave off the potential foul, which not a single Chelsea player protested. He sees something on Bowen’s jumping back leg crawling on Maddy and withdraws it. Surprising if not shocking as Chelsea take a break.

Lucas Paqueta is as advertised: The Brazilian was all over the pitch at the heart of the Irons’ 4-2-3-1. Playing ahead of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek – a very good midfield trio – Paqueta stuck in 12 tackles, winning 7, while managing four disposals, a blocked shot, two interceptions and two tackles on a defensively highlighted day of. full acumen.

Chilwell, Havertz deliver from bench as Pulisic bounces back from rare start: Christian Pulisic applauded the fans as he went back to a 0-0 game after 60 minutes, and he couldn’t have been happier as he was far from the reason the game was goalless. The newly ragged USMNT man put in a cross at the top of the six that West Ham’s Kurt Zouma cleared out of danger early on, then took a first-touch shot that was deflected into the corner. Pulisic was energetic – and tidy, completing 24 of 24 passes – but there was clearly a plan and Tuchel didn’t give up on it.

Regular focus

Chilwell, Havertz deliver from bench: Marc Cucurella was lively at left-back, but perhaps a bit wasteful, and Ben Chilwell had 18 minutes to make amends down the left. God, has he ever?! The left-back deftly flicked a loose ball through the legs of a leaping Lukasz Fabianski to make it 1-1 in the 76th minute and then pinged a near post for team-mate Kai Havertz to head home. It should be enough for both to start in midweek if Thomas Tuchel wants to feel better about his rotation (which he should).

Stars of the show

Rice Declan

Thiago Silva

Michael Antonio

Lucas Paketa

Ben Chilwell

Kurt Zuma

What’s next?

Chelsea travel to Fulham for a 7.30am kick-off. ET kick off on Saturday, with West Ham hosting Newcastle at 9 a.m. ET one day later.

How to watch Chelsea v West Ham live stream link and start time

Start: 10 am ET Saturday
Online: Watch live on Peacock Premium

Basic stories

Chelsea’s players have just one game to get back into shape ahead of the UEFA Champions League group stage. It kicks off for the Blues at 12:45 p.m. ET Tuesday in Croatia against Dinamo Zagreb.

West Ham are buzzing with improved form ahead of the UEFA Europa Conference League, a competition that could be their best route back to European competition for the 2023-24 season.

Updated players to watch

Perhaps no West Ham player is in better form than Tomas Sucek. And, of course, former Chelsea youth midfielder Declan Rice is an almost ever-present force for the Irons. But Lucas Paqueta, arguably Brazil’s top midfielder, will be under the microscope if he starts for David Moyes.

Raheem Sterling scored Chelsea’s last three goals, playing with great hunger and showing both his excellent burst and intelligence. Transfer man Marc Cucurella is also in impressive early form.

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OUT: Nayef Aguerd (ankle), Benjamin Johnson (thigh), Craig Dawson (thigh), Gianluca Scamacca (illness)

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