Westham United 0 vs 2 Chelsea Fc
Snodgrass leaves Kante in the dust with a smart manoeuvre, but Zouma is across to close him down. It’s been a little soul-destroying for West Ham, with Chelsea’s defence superb throughout.
There are three minutes to be added in this one. It looks as though it will end 2-0 to the league leaders at London Stadium.
CLOSE! West Ham have been less consistent with their crossing in the second half, but Andre Ayew now delivers. Azpilicueta, though, is there ahead of Carroll to shielda dangerous centre behind. Marvellous defending.
This is tough to watch for the home supporters as they start to snake back into the various concourses and the seats empty. A patient attack comes to an end when Snodgrass runs the ball across the touchline.
CHANCE! Chelsea are so methodical in their attacking, with Diego Costa, Alonso, Azpilicueta and Willian all linking up before Fabregas sidefoots over the top. A third for the visitors appears more likely than West Ham scoring at this stage.
Corner to West Ham. A rare slack Kante pass presents the ball to Noble, who finds Snodgrass and his cross is deflected out.
CHANCE! Lanzini moves through the midfield, swaps passes with Noble, and shoots high over the crossbar. By no means a simple opportunity, but, in the centre of goal 20 yards out, he should really have hit the target.
Huge tackle from Obiang! Pedro had space in the area and was working the ball onto his left foot to shoot, but the West Ham midfield dangled out a leg to take possession. Vital.
Kouyate escapes again. He pressures Cahill, then fouls the Chelsea captain, but referee Marriner does not consider it worthy of a booking. Up against the dangerous Hazard, Kouyate is certainly walking a tightrope.
And yet West Ham immediately find a solution for that problem – a long hoof to Carroll allows Snodgrass space to cross on the break. His centre skips across the box, reaching Feghouli on the far side and the hosts keep the ball.
Perhaps wary of the sides’ respective threats, both managers have their teams sitting very deep when out of possession. The options are limited in attack, to say the least.
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