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Chelsea vs West Brom (2-5) MatchSummary: Astonishing result at the Bridge!

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With Thiago Silva’s return from injury, he was included in the starting lineup alongside [player 1316] and [player 1330] with Mendy in goal. Christensen and [player 31837] dropped to the bench. James and Alonso started as [player 1601] was on the bench. Some other key players were also dropped, such as Mount and [player 2875858], with [league 2] quarter-final first leg in mid-week. Werner started upfront with Ziyech and Pulisic behind him.

As for West Brom, Allardyce also chose to go with a back five. [player 897] started with O’Shea and [player 3066] alongside him with Furlong and [player 5801] at wing-backs. Phillips and Pereira provided the width, and Diagne started up top.

First-Half

Both sides started with energy and intensity. [team 18] were pressing well and were forcing [team 10] into mistakes. The away side was doing the same in spells. With just five minutes into the game, [player 95792] picked a booking after fouling Pereira at the edge of the box. However, it was due to the loose pass from [player 129511], which forced the Brazilian to make a challenge. The free-kick allowed Chelsea to start a counter-attack, but Ziyech couldn’t unleash a pass for [player 31823].

Chelsea were constantly on the front foot and were asking questions to the baggies. The blues did create some reasonable openings but failed to convert them. Alonso did well to get his shot on target saved by [player 1008], followed by an aimed cross at the near post by [player 581220], which Werner did not finish. Chelsea kept the momentum, and West Brom were struggling to get at Chelsea.

West Brom’s [player 581094] went down and former Chelsea legend [player 690] came replaced him. He lasted only 12 minutes before going down himself due to a hamstring strain. In those 12 minutes, a couple of major game-changing moments took place. First, when Chelsea took the lead with [player 32438]’s goal. [player 1128]’s well-taken free-kick rebounded and fell into the American’s path, who tapped in the game’s opener.

Two minutes after the goal, another loose pass from Jorginho resulted in panic stations just outside the Chelsea box. [player 201060] then got his shot away but was caught by a lunging tackle from Silva. The referee didn’t take any time to dismiss the Brazilian straightaway to change the who dilemma of the game.

In the hopes of keeping their defensive shape, Tuchel replaced [player 24288] for [player 4460]. The injured substitute, Ivanovic, was then taken off. Surprisingly, [coach 523910] decided to go with a more offensive approach given the situation. He sent Robinson on the pitch to add more pace and provide a more serious threat to Chelsea’s ten men.

Five minutes of added time was announced and what followed was simply incredible. An old-school tactic, route one, was executed as a straight long ball was released by Johnstone. Three of West Brom’s players were coming back from an offside position. An unmarked [player 160194] ran in behind Chelsea’s defence before chipping the ball over [player 99137] to equalize the score.

Then, right-winger, [player 795] beat Alonso in a one-vs-one before curling the ball beautifully over Mendy. The crossbar denied him, but West Brom were now all over Chelsea. With everyone thinking the first half is almost done, West Brom had another attack. This time, they worked the ball around the box before Pereira scored the second.

An astonishing first half came to an end as [coach 523937] had a lot of work to do. For West Brom, it was extraordinary to score twice in the space of a couple of minutes.

Second-Half

The second half had a slow start to it as West Brom were waiting for an opportunity, and Chelsea were struggling to play their way out. [player 537121] was introduced at the start of the second half in place of Pulisic.

Chelsea then came as close as they did all game. Johnstone made a mess of the situation, and the ball fell into Alonso’s path, who struck the woodwork again, and West Brom survived. Chelsea’s midfielder [player 73147] was arguably their best player as he was carrying the ball out every time. He played some excellent forward passes to the wide man, but the end product was missing. He also played an excellent vertical through ball to Werner, but Johnstone was quick of his line to collect.

Past the hour mark, the away side scored again after an excellent move which was finished off by [player 3530]. Pereira played a lovely ball into [player 4507]’s path before delivering a superb cross for Robinson to score. [player 62258] then scored West Brom’s fourth after another dazzling move by the away side.

Chelsea did get themselves the slightest of hope after Mount’s goal, but it was too little too late as West Brom scored again. Robinson scored his fifth [league 8] goal, and incredibly, all of them have come against the blues. This time, it was a well-executed chip over Mendy after another fine passing move by Allardyce’s side.

Fixture Details: [fixture 16943099]

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