Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson scored twice to help struggling West Brom win 5-2 at 10-man Chelsea to boost their Premier League survival hopes.
The home side, looking to consolidate their top-four position in the table, went ahead after 27 minutes thanks to Christian Pulisic’s close-range finish after Marcos Alonso’s free kick had hit the post.
However, the match was turned on its head by Thiago Silva’s red card (29) after Chelsea’s returning captain picked up two bookings in the opening half an hour, with the visitors taking full advantage.
Pereira’s clever lob (45+2) brought West Brom level in first-half stoppage time before the Brazilian’s low finish (45+4) then gave his team a half-time lead.
When substitute Robinson volleyed home a third goal after a wonderful move in the 63rd minute, Sam Allardyce’s men were in dreamland.
That was not the end of the scoring as Mbaye Diagne (68) added a fourth for the Baggies and while substitute Mason Mount (71) immediately replied for Chelsea, Robinson was on hand to add the icing on the cake for West Brom with a late fifth (90+1).
As a result, Thomas Tuchel’s side stay fourth in the table, while the Baggies also remain in 19th position, but now just seven points from Newcastle and safety.
How Pereira inspired West Brom to stunning win
West Brom arrived in the capital knowing nothing less than victories would now do if they were to have any hope of staying in the top flight, but facing a Chelsea team who had still to concede at home under their new boss.
The visitors’ challenge became even harder when they fell behind just before the half-hour mark after Alonso’s curling free kick beat Sam Johnstone, but not the post, only for the alert Pulisic to tap home the rebound.
However, if the hosts thought they were in for a comfortable afternoon’s work in west London, they were mistaken as Silva, back in the line-up after injury and booked early on, picked up a second caution to receive his marching orders two minutes later.
West Brom made their hosts pay, turning the match around as Pereira scored twice in first-half injury time, the equaliser coming from a long Johnstone clearance that somehow made it all the way through to the Brazilian forward, who then lobbed the advancing Edouard Mendy.
Incredibly with Chelsea having previously not conceded at Stamford Bridge under Tuchel, they then let in a second in the space of just two minutes and 45 seconds as that man Pereira took advantage of Reece James’ misplaced pass to find the bottom corner with a low shot.
Anyone who thought West Brom would look to defend their slender lead, however, were mistaken as instead, they attacked Chelsea, with Robinson ending a flowing move with a sensational volleyed finish for a goal of the season contender on 63 minutes.
Five minutes later the visitors added a deserved fourth after another eye-catching break involving Pereira, Robinson and Conor Townsend, whose lovely backheel helped set up Diagne for a composed finish.
Chelsea were given brief hope of an unlikely comeback when Timo Werner unselfishly laid a goal on a plate for Mount, but it was the Baggies who had the last laugh when man-of-the-match Pereira slipped Robinson through on goal, with the sub doing the rest with a dinked finish.
What the managers said…
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “”We cannot lose our heads now and take away the trust we have in these players.
“It was the moment after the game to be honest, be calm and to tell everybody to breathe. This will be a hard evening for everybody.
“We had completely different plans how to start this match day so we have to accept it now, it’s our first loss together.
“It’s important to find a way to deal with it together.
“So there were some quick words to calm everybody down and delay the talks until tomorrow because it would be too emotional now and too much frustration, so that would not be productive enough.
“This is my responsibility. I trusted this line-up and I still think the line-up was strong enough now in this game.
“We were rusty, we were sloppy in the build-up in our own half and made many, many unforced errors.
“We didn’t adapt our positions under pressure.
“We gave away easy ball losses that led in the end to a red card and that cost us the game.
“There were two games, a game 11 against 11 and the game where we were a man down afterwards.”
West Brom at Stamford Bridge.
West Brom boss Sam Allardyce: “It just gives us hope, I think that perhaps on the quality of the performance and the way we demolished Chelsea, perhaps it gives us a little bit more than hope.
“It gives us hope that maybe we can reach this performance again starting a week on Monday against Southampton.
“It keeps us going, it keeps us alive. We can’t complain about the quality of this performance, the outstanding performance of all the players.
“They demolished Chelsea with an undefeated team since the new manager arrived.
“People cannot say that Chelsea were under par, and not that they went down to 10 men, they must say, and you must say, it was because of the quality of our performance.
“They were off form because we were so good.”
Man of the Match – Matheus Pereira
Where would the Baggies be without their inspirational Brazilian, who once again was his side’s star man at Stamford Bridge, running the show from start to finish.
The forward is his team’s top scorer this season, with two more to his tally in west London helping to transform this contest.
Pereira’s first was a delicious lob, while his crucial second that put the visitors ahead just before half-time was the result of great composure and a neat finish.
It was the 24-year-old’s vision on the counter after the interval that helped seal West Brom’s stunning win and they will need more similar displays from him between now and the end of the season if they are to stay up.hey are to stay up.
- Chelseaa have conceded eight goals in their two games against West Brom in the Premier League this season, the most they have shipped against one side in a single campaign in the competition.
- West Brom netted 5+ goals in a Premier League away game for only the second time, last doing so against Wolves in February 2012 (5-1).
- West Brom boss Sam Allardyce is the first manager to win away at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League with three different clubs (Bolton Wanderers, Crystal Palace, West Brom).
- Chelsea conceded at home under Thomas Tuchel for the first time in all competitions, in the Blues’ eighth game at Stamford Bridge with the German coach in charge.
Chelsea take on Porto in Seville in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night (8pm), before facing Crystal Palace a Selhurst Park next Saturday at 5.30pm in a game you can see live on Sky Sports Premier League.
Meanwhile, West Brom host Southampton at the Hawthorns on Monday April 12, with that match also live on Sky Sports Premier League, kicking off at 6pm.
Video Highlights, Full Match Analysis: Chelsea 0 – 1 Arsenal
Emile Smith Rowe denied Chelsea the chance to cement their top-four status as he took advantage of Jorginho’s howler to give Arsenal a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues would have all but secured their Champions League qualification with a victory which would have taken them 10 points clear of Liverpool, who have four games left to play, but after making seven changes ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final, struggled to create clear-cut chances.
Kai Havertz should have put them ahead 10 minutes in when he intercepted Gabriel’s loose pass for Pablo Mari and raced clean through, but then fired over Bernd Leno’s bar with only his compatriot to beat. Moments later Jorginho’s equally poor back-pass was kept out by Kepa Arrizabalaga at full stretch, but Smith Rowe was on hand to bundle home after being teed up by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Chelsea were dominant for the large majority of the remaining 75 minutes without forcing Leno into any uncomfortable saves until the final minute. They did beat him through Pulisic’s close-range header from a corner, which was swiftly denied by a VAR review, before the German produced a stunning stop to tip Kurt Zouma’s header onto the crossbar, which was then rattled by Olivier Giroud’s shot on the rebound.
Chelsea: Kepa (6), James (6), Azpilicueta (6), Silva (6), Zouma (6), Chilwell (5), Jorginho (4), Gilmour (5), Pulisic (5), Mount (6), Havertz (5).
Subs: Hudson-Odoi (6), Giroud (6), Ziyech (5).
Arsenal: Leno (7), Gabriel (6), Mari (7), Holding (6), Tierney (7), Partey (6), Elneny (8), Saka (5), Odegaard (6), Smith Rowe (7), Aubameyang (5).
Subs: Bellerin (6), Lacazette (5), Chambers (6).
Man of the match: Mohamed Elneny
What the managers said…
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports: “We had three days, we are on a good run, we had a good mood. The choices were not so good today from my side for the line-up so that’s on me. We were unlucky, of course. But we did everything today to lose.
“I’m not happy with my line-up. It’s easy to say afterwards. But it was too many changes, I should not have done it like this. It’s something in particular – but I will not tell you!”
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports: “I don’t know how they’re going to try from the outside but from the inside, nothing is broken.
“They’re going to put things on me that I never said, you can see the spirit of the team from the first minute. You can never doubt their efforts and how much they try.”
- Arsenal completed their first Premier League double over Chelsea since the 2003-04 season, while this was their first league win at Stamford Bridge since October 2011, ending an eight-game winless run there (D2 L6).
- Chelsea suffered only their third defeat in 26 matches in all competitions under Thomas Tuchel (W17 D6), with all three defeats coming at Stamford Bridge.
- Arsenal have won three consecutive away Premier League matches without conceding for the first time since May 2013 under Arsène Wenger.
- Arsenal have had a different player aged younger than 21 score in each of their last three Premier League matches against Chelsea – Gabriel Martinelli in January 2020, Bukayo Saka in December 2020 and Emile Smith Rowe tonight.
Chelsea are off to Wembley in the FA Cup final on Saturday, where they will face Leicester City; Kick-off at 5.15pm.
Arsenal’s penultimate game of the season is also in London, with a trip to Crystal Palace next Wednesday night; Kick-off at 7pm.
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Video: Match Highlights, Opta Stats, Man City 1- 2 Chelsea
Chelsea tormented Manchester City once again by delaying their title-winning party and boosting their own top-four hopes with the help of an awful Panenka penalty miss by Sergio Aguero during their 2-1 comeback win at the Etihad on Saturday.
Hakim Ziyech, who had ended City’s Quadruple dreams in a FA Cup semi-final last month, was on target again to cancel out Raheem Sterling’s opener for the much-changed hosts, before Marcos Alonso (90+2) grabbed a deserved stoppage-time winner for the visitors against a side they will meet in the Champions League final on May 29.
A mis-control from Aguero – City’s most-famous title-clincher of all – had allowed Sterling to find the net for the first time in 13 games on 44 minutes but another error from the striker moments later proved far more costly, with his weak spot-kick easily saved.
Chelsea capitalised and had the upper hand throughout the second period, with Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi seeing efforts ruled out for offside after Ziyech’s leveller on 63 minutes, and they leapfrogged Leicester into third place in the Premier League with Alonso’s last-gasp finish from close range.
Chelsea are now six points clear of fifth-placed West Ham in the top-four race, while City – who were aggrieved not to be awarded a late penalty when Sterling was tumbled by Kurt Zouma – could still reclaim the crown this weekend if Manchester United lose at Aston Villa on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
Man City: Ederson (6), Cancelo (6), Dias (6), Laporte (6), Ake (6), Mendy (5), Rodri (5), Torres (6), Sterling (7), Aguero (4), Jesus (7).
Subs: Gundogan (6), Foden (6), Zinchencko (6)
Chelsea: Mendy (7), Azpilicueta (7), Christensen (4), Rudiger (7), James (8), Kante (7), Gilmour (6), Alonso (8), Ziyech (8), Werner (7), Pulisic (6).
Subs: Zouma (7), Jorginho (6), Hudson-Odoi (7)
Man of the match: Reece James (Chelsea)
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Opta Stats – Chelsea leave it late
- Manchester City have dropped eight points from winning positions in home Premier League games this season, last dropping more at home in the competition in 2008-09 (12).
- After losing his first three managerial meetings with Pep Guardiola in all competitions, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is unbeaten in his last four encounters with the Spaniard (W2 D2).
- Man City’s Pep Guardiola has lost four home league games this season, twice as many as he’d lost in any other campaign in his managerial career.
- Manchester City have lost consecutive Premier League home games thanks to a goal scored in the 90th minute – as many as they had in their previous 235 Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium.
- At 91 minutes and 54 seconds, Marcos Alonso’s winner was the latest winning goal scored in an away Premier League game against Manchester City since Paul Scholes for Man Utd in April 2010 (92:41).
Manchester City go to Newcastle at 8pm on Friday, live on Sky Sports, while Chelsea are next in action at home to Arsenal on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports at 8.15pm.
Match Highlights, Opta Stats, Player Ratings Chelsea vs Real Madrid
Chelsea set up an all-English Champions League final with Manchester City after beating Real Madrid 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the semi-final second leg, going through 3-1 on aggregate.
Timo Werner put Chelsea ahead (28), nodding into the empty net from under the crossbar after Kai Havertz’s chip had hit the woodwork, before Real rode their luck as the hosts missed four big chances to double their lead in the opening 20 minutes of the second period.
The hosts finally got their second to kill off the tie with five minutes remaining as Mason Mount stuck home substitute Christian Pulisic’s centre at close range, capping off a fine display and marking an extraordinary turnaround at the club since Thomas Tuchel joined in January.
Chelsea will now play in their third Champions League final (2008 and 2012) in Istanbul on Saturday May 29, and have set up just the third all-English Champions League final after 2008 (Man Utd-Chelsea) and 2019 (Liverpool-Tottenham) as Manchester City look to complete a treble.
Chelsea: Mendy (8); Christensen (7), Thiago Silva (7), Rudiger (8), Azpilicueta (7), Kante (8), Jorginho (7), Chilwell (7), Mount (7), Havertz (7), Werner (7)
Subs: Pulisic (7), James (NA), Ziyech (NA), Giroud (NA)
Real Madrid: Courtois (7); Nacho (5), Militao (4), Ramos (6), Mendy (5), Kroos (6), Modric (6), Casemiro (5), Hazard (4), Vinicius Junior (5), Benzema (6)
Subs: Valverde (5), Asensio (5), Rodrygo (NA), Mariano (NA)
Man of the match: N’Golo Kante
Full English: When is the Champions League final?
This year’s final between Chelsea and Manchester City will take place in Istanbul on Saturday May 29.
The Ataturk Olympic Stadium famously staged the 2005 Champions League showdown, when Liverpool came from 3-0 down at half-time to beat AC Milan on penalties.
UEFA has not yet confirmed the kick-off time, but says detailed information regarding the capacity for the match, travel and ticketing details will be communicated publicly by the end of the week.
Opta stats – Watertight Chelsea
- Chelsea have kept 18 clean sheets in 24 matches under Thomas Tuchel in all competitions (75 per cent), compared with 26 in 84 games under his predecessor Frank Lampard (31 per cent).
- Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has kept eight Champions League clean sheets this season, the most ever by a goalkeeper for an English club in a single season.
- Having also led PSG to the 2019/20 Champions League final, Chelsea manager Tuchel is the first manager to reach the European Cup/Champions League final in consecutive seasons with different clubs.
- It’s only the eighth time two teams from the same nation will be contesting the final, with Spanish teams also doing so a joint-record three times – 2000 (Real Madrid vs Valencia) and 2014 & 2016 (Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid).
- This was only the second time Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has lost a two-legged UEFA Champions League tie in 13 attempts, also losing in the last 16 in 2019-20 against Manchester City.
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What’s next for Chelsea in bid for top four?
Chelsea now go to Man City on Saturday Night Football, live on Sky Sports Premier League at 5.30pm, knowing a City victory will wrap up the Premier League title for Pep Guardiola’s side.
They then host Arsenal in the Premier League on Wednesday evening, also live on Sky Sports Premier League at 8.15pm.
And what’s next for Real in La Liga title race?
Real Madrid host Sevilla in La Liga on Sunday night at 8pm, currently sitting two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid with four games of the season remaining.
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