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Chelsea Suffer Shock London Derby Loss

Chelsea missed the chance to open a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League table after suffering a 3-2 loss to London rivals West Ham United.

Premier League

Result: West Ham United 3-2 Chelsea

Date: 04 December 2021

Venue: Olympic Stadium

Romelu Lukaku was named on the bench for the third straight league clash while Reece James returned from injury to take up his right-back slot.

It was an evenly contested affair early on but neither side were able to create any clear-cut openings in the opening 20 minutes despite Thomas Tuchel's charges edging possession.

The Blues got the breakthrough in the 28th minute when Thiago Silva lost his marker to nod home a cross from Hakim Ziyech for his second league goal of the season.

West Ham were given the chance to pull level ten minutes later when Mendy fouled Jarrod Bowen in the box and Manuel Lanzini made no mistake from 12-yards out to level matters.

However, the visitors were able to restore their lead on the stroke of halftime when Ziyech's long ball found Mason Mount, who sent first-time volley past Lukasz Fabianski.

The tempo showed no signs of slowing down in the second half, as West Ham pulled level 11 minutes after the break with Bowen finding the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

David Moyes was dealt a blow with 20 minutes left on the clock as defender Kurt Zouma was forced off with an injury, but the Hammers manager introduced Pablo Fornals instead to bolster the attack.

The Hammers then took a surprising lead with four minutes left on the clock when DR Congo international Arthur Masuaku's cross took a slight deflection and caught Mendy out at his near post.

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