A brace from Cesc Fabregas at the end of either half earned Chelsea a 2-2 draw with West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
- Chelsea 2 West Ham 2
- Lanzini curls one in
- Fabregas buries a free-kick
- Carroll strikes for the Hammers
- Fabregas equalises with late penalty
There were two fantastic strikes in the first half, the first of which came after just 16 minutes when Dimitri Payet set it up for Manuel Lanzini to curl his effort past Thibaut Courtois, but Chelsea were level at halftime when Cesc Fabregas found the top corner at the other end from a free kick in first-half stoppage time.
The match swung back in West Ham’s favour when Andy Carroll was introduced just past the hour mark, and needed just three minutes to fire the Hammers back into the lead after Payet had put him through on goal.
But Fabregas got his second of the game in the 89th minute when Ruben Loftus-CheeK was brought down for a penalty, allowing the Spaniard to equalise again, this time from the spot.
West Ham started the game on the front foot and had Chelsea under pressure in the opening stages, but the Blues forced the first save of the match in the 10th minute through Loic Remy, who has the ball wide right and, with nobody looking for a cross in the middle, went for goal himself, forcing Adrian into a low save at his near post.
But the Hammers had the lead in the 16th minute when Dimitri Payet laid the ball of to Manuel Lanzini, whose shot from long-range effort curled past Thibaut Courtois and into the top corner.
The Hammers almost doubled their lead in the 32nd minute when a swift attack saw Payet pick out Aaron Cresswell on the left, and his effort ended up flying narrowly wide of Courtois’ far post.
With halftime approaching Chelsea were increasing the pressure for an equaliser, and they had it in the third minute of added time when Winston Reid chopped down Oscar just outside the box, and Cesc Fabregas curled the resulting free kick into the top left corner, bringing the scores level at 1-1 for halftime.
West Ham had the first chance of the second half just four minutes in when Payet had a run at the Blues defence that ended with his shot from the left beating Courtois and heading towards the far post, but John Terry was there to mop it up.
The next chance came at the other end when Branislav Ivanovic’s cross from the right flank wasn’t dealt with by Reid or Angello Ogbonna, but Oscar, meeting it at the far post, wasn’t able to squeeze it in. A couple of minutes later and Fabregas sent in a free kick for Terry to attack, but his Adrian was able to punch his header to safety.
Chelsea then saw their woodwork rattled in the 58th minute when a counterattack ended with Cresswell having a another crack at goal that struck the underside of the crossbar and away to safety.
Andy Carroll came on as a substitute for Diafra Sakho in the 62nd minute, and put the Hammers ahead just three minutes later when he latched onto Payet’s through-ball down the left channel, made his way past Ivanovic, and fired a stinging low shot past Courtois.
There were further chances as Chelsea pushed for an equaliser late on, with Terry heading Willian’s corner over the bar before, at the other end, Payet’s attempt to curl one in was deflected out for a corner.
Just like in the first half, Fabregas hauled Chelsea level late in the closing stages with a set piece after Michail Antonio gave away a penalty on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the the Spaniard converting from the spot to keep manager Guus Hiddink unbeaten in the league.