EPL: Chelsea hit back to back West Ham amid VAR drama
Chelsea rallied to defeat West Ham in a thrilling match thanks to a late goal from substitute Kai Havertz, but David Moyes was incensed by the “scandalous” decision to overturn a 90th-minute equalizer by the Hammers.
After Edouard Mendy parried the ball into his path, Maxwel Cornet pounced. However, referee Andrew Madley was instructed to review the pitchside monitor and determined Jarrod Bowen had fouled the Chelsea goalkeeper in the buildup.
When Michail Antonio scored after 62 minutes, slamming in from close range after Mendy mishandled a corner, it appeared that the Hammers had executed their gameplan to a T. The first half saw plenty of home possession but no shots on target for either side.
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Chelsea brought on Ben Chilwell, who slipped in to tie the score from a tight angle following a record-breaking summer of expenditure and the debut of £70 million newcomer Wesley Fofana.
It set off a tense conclusion, with Cornet coming close to winning it late for the visitors only to see his header rebound off the post, and the Blues scoring right away thanks to a cool-headed Havertz finish off Chilwell’s cross.
There was still time for more drama and Cornet thought he had levelled with a strike that was then disallowed.
“It is a scandalous decision,” Moyes told Match of the Day. “I always thought he would say it is a goal once he went to the screen – I have seen it from all angles and find it incredibly difficult to see how that is chalked off.”