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Chelsea salvage a point after a six-goal thriller against West Brom

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Chelsea scored three goals in the second half to come back from a 3-0 scoreline against West Brom at The Hawthorns. The visitors were taken apart in the first half following defensive blunders and had to stage a sensational comeback to claim a point. 

Frank Lampard handed Thiago Silva his debut and also named him as captain for the clash. The Londoners started the contest on a dismal note with Marcos Alonso’s poor pass being latched on by West Brom and subsequently finished by striker Callum Robinson.

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Thiago Silva’s dream of playing in the Premier League soon turned into a nightmare following a shocking blunder which allowed Robinson to pounce and finish to double West Brom’s lead.

Twenty-seven minutes into the match, Chelsea conceded their third goal of their evening, this time coming from a set-piece. The corner delivery was prodded to the far post where an unmarked Kyle Bartley tapped the ball into the back of the net to extend their lead to an astonishing margin of 3-0.

Frank Lampard’s side missed a number of chances in the first half which included Tammy Abraham’s effort following Reece James’ pinpoint cross as well as Werner’s strike which rattled against the crossbar.

Chelsea’s resilience powered them to a stunning comeback

Chelsea made a double substitution right at the start of the second half with Marcos Alonso and Mateo Kovacic making way for Cesar Azpilicueta and Callum Hudson Odoi.

The visitors made their way back into the contest after a stunning long-range strike from Mason Mount that left the goalkeeper Sam Johnstone stay rooted to his spot.

Callum Hudson Odoi pulled one more back for Chelsea after a string of passes with Kai Havertz culminating with a delicate finish to bring them closer.

With five minutes of stoppage time announced, Tammy Abraham levelled things up with the easiest of finishes. The striker was right in the path of Johnston’s save and netted the ball with utmost use. While a VAR check was carried out for a potential handball, the goal was ultimately given to end the game at 3-3. This game marked Premier League’s first draw of the season.

 

Chelsea now faces Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup before returning back to the Premier League for a home clash against another London opponent, Crystal Palace.

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