Chelsea 1-1 West Ham United: Super sub Chicharito
- Chicharito saves point
- Azpilicueta scores
- Hart stars for West Ham
- Morata twice denied for offside
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored moments after subbing into the match as West Ham United came back to draw Chelsea 1-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Cesar Azpilicueta scored for Chelsea, who saw a pair of razor-thin offside calls deprive Alvaro Morata of goals. The Blues sit 10 points back of the Top Four and three ahead of sixth-place Arsenal.
West Ham is six points clear of the drop after added its point to the table.
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West Ham started on the front foot, and Marko Arnautovic won a corner kick when he dribbled into the 18 for a rip toward Thibaut Courtois.
Willian made a dazzling run at the other end, cutting across the center of the park and down the right flank for a cross that Angelo Ogbonna diverted with a terrific slide.
Alvaro Morata had the ball in the net via a nutmeg of Joe Hart, but was offside when he started his run onto Eden Hazard’s through ball.
Chelsea was feeling its finesse with combination play, and Hart made an outstanding save on Morata only to see Azpilicueta net on the ensuing corner kick.
There were several chances to win the ball off a short corner that Morata put back into the mixer for Azpilicueta to finish.
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More Willian wizardry saw him drag a shot wide of the far corner inside the 46th minute.
The Brazilian played a cross for Morata to score, but the offside flag was raised against the Spaniard for a second time.
It was West Ham who’d find their equalizer when Chicharito darted into space to belt one past Courtois, and that led to a thrilling finish with chances at both ends.