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West Ham ratings vs Chelsea: Masuaku and Bowen steal the show in thriller


After West Ham threatened early on with Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek firing wide, the visitors took the lead as Thiago Silva rose unmarked to head home Mason Mount’s corner.

West Ham almost hit back immediately through Vladimir Coufal, though Silva was quickly back to clear off the line. It took a calamitous mistake from the leaders to bring West Ham level.

Jorginho sold Edouard Mendy short on a backpass and the Chelsea goalkeeper decided to try and turn his way out of trouble instead of clearing, resulting in a foul on Bowen.

Manuel Lanzini stepped up from the spot and sent Mendy the wrong way. Just as West Ham looked to threaten before the break, Declan Rice lost the ball cheaply in midfield and the Hammers were stunned as Mount rifled a stunning volley in at the near post from Hakim Ziyech’s diagonal.

West Ham struck back quickly after the break, however, with Bowen firing a low first-time strike into the far corner from the edge of the box after Coufal had muscled Marcos Alonso off the ball.

Bowen had a golden chance to win it late on but could only prod Michail Antonio’s cross wide on the stretch. That would not matter in the end.

Masuaku was quick to react and sharply take a throw-in while Chelsea were getting into shape in their own third. Antonio nodded it back and as Masuaku looked to bend a cross in, the ball clipped off Ruben Loftus-Cheek and slipped through the hands of Mendy at the near post.

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Questions will be asked over his role in Mount’s goal at the near post, however good the strike.

Facing his old club for the first time and impressive once more at the back, battling well with Chelsea’s forward line. Moyes will desperately hope his injury isn’t serious.

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Caught under the ball for Silva’s opener as the West Ham back line lost track of the Chelsea defender.


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