Monday, 8th April 2019
The Belgian international, widely tipped to leave Stamford Bridge this summer scored either side of the half time interval – in the 24th and 90th minutes – to condemn West Ham to back-to-back Premier League defeats.
However Chelsea managed to break the deadlock 24 minutes into the game when Hazard walzed through West Ham‘s midfield and defence before planting his finish to the left of Lucasz Fabianski – a goal the player himself later described as “something special”.
An altered shape after the break (4-1-4-1), with Marko Arnautovic replacing Javier Hernandez as the sole striker made West Ham far more competitive, although it was Chelsea who were to ultimately take all the points.
Yet it wasn’t until the final minute of the match that Hazard finally managed to put the game beyond West Ham‘s grasp. A clever delivery from Ross Barkely found the Belgian in acres of space, allowing him to pick his spot firing across Fabianski’s goal.
The defeat leaves West Ham 11th in the Premier League, five points behind seventh-placed Leicester with only five games of the league campaign left to play.
West Ham Utd: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Noble (Obiang 70), Lanzini, Arnautovic, Anderson, Hernandez (Snodgrass 46).
Subs not used: Adrian, Masuaku, Diop, Nasri, Perez.
Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek (Barkley 70), Hudson-Odoi (Pedro 85), Hazard, Higuain (Giroud 76)
Subs not used: Caballero, Kovacic, Willian, Christensen.
Goals: Hazard (24, 90).
Booked: Azpilicueta, Kepa.
Referee: Chris Kavanagh.
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Made one very good save from Sterling, but everything else was relatively tame.
Looking like a Premier League player now the rest of the defence is settled too. 8 clearances, 2 interceptions, 2 tackles, 1 shot blocked.
Could you have more daunting a full Premier League debut? Yet he was only real beaten once, Sterlings fresh legs and burst of pace getting beyond him, and he stood up to Mahrez. Mahrez was poor and subbed, Johnson should take a lot of pride in that.
Strong presence, another game against nippy, skillful players where he looks great.
One of his best games as a West Ham player. 6 interceptions, 4 clearances, 2 blocked shots – as close to imperious as hes ever been, especially in a back four. The General may have to wait.
Not a glittering performance in the Rice repertoire, although one moment where he stepped forward, intercepted a pass then sprayed a ball wide to Anderson without a moments hesitation was glorious. Forward passing is improving.
Fought well, struggled when City really turned it on,.Tackled well in the middle.
The penalty was soft (to put it mildly) but Anderson drifted out of the game anyway.
A good 45 minutes to get into his legs for a comeback, but no impact on the game and made only 9 passes.
Stuck to his task, worked hard, one little moment to combine with Lanzini, but otherwise a hard game.
Not really ever going to be a Carroll type of game. Did well to get good contact on a bouncing and powerful cross by Lanzini which tested Ederson, but otherwise peripheral at best. Just over 50% pass success rate.
(Replaced Nasri) Looked the only real threat going forward, another promising performance and good that he got 45 minutes. Could see him close to starting at the weekend. Created the only chance.
(Replaced Johnson) Did nothing wrong, had very little else to do, great ovation for him across the ground.
(Replaced Arnautovic) Did fine in his limited time, still keeps the ball very well.
Adrian San Miguel del Castillo
Did not play.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Man of the Match: tbc.
West Ham United
Lucasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Ben Johnson, Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna, Declan Rice, Pedro Obiang, Felipe Anderson, Samir Nasri, Michail Antonio, Andy Carroll.
Booked: Ryan Fredericks Michail Antonio .
Sent off: None.
Subs not used: .
Sent Off: .