Andriy Yarmolenko’s last-gasp winner settled an eventful London derby with Chelsea and delivered a huge boost to West Ham United’s hopes of avoiding relegation.
In a topsy-turvy game, which saw West Ham infuriated when Tomas Soucek’s first-half goal was ruled out by VAR, substitute Yarmolenko made the decisive contribution when the finished off a superb counter attack with a classic left-foot finish.
It looked like both sides would have to settle for a point but that late twist not only provides a huge morale lift to David Moyes’ side, putting them three points clear of the relegation places, but also completed a good 24 hours for Manchester United in the race for Champions League places after their win at Brighton and third-placed Leicester City’s loss at Everton.
Moyes was angry when Soucek saw a first-half goal ruled out because Michail Antonio was adjudged to be offside and in Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s line of vision.
Chelsea then took the lead through Willian’s penalty but battling West Ham levelled through Soucek’s header right on the stroke of half-time.
Man-of-the-match Antonio bundled West Ham in front six minutes after the interval but this eventful affair looked to be heading for a draw when Willian’s superb free-kick with 18 minutes left drew Chelsea level.
And yet, with injury-time looming, West Ham broke and the tireless Antonio set up Yarmolenko for a crisp finish that gave Moyes’ men what could be a priceless three points.
West Ham manager Moyes needed a big performance to turn around their fortunes in an increasingly fraught battle to avoid the drop.
And when he was needed, Antonio stepped up with a performance of determination and quality as he led from the front to see off the challenge of Chelsea as they chase a place in the top four.
Antonio was a potent mix of skill and power, a central figure as he was controversially adjudged to be in Kepa’s eyeline when West Ham’s first goal was disallowed, then scoring their equaliser before leading the counter that led to Yarmolenko’s winner.
West Ham needed a reaction after losing at home to Wolves and away to Spurs since the Premier League kicked into action again – and there will be no better tonic for Moyes and his players than a win over their arch-rivals from west London.
With a visit to Newcastle United and a home game against Burnley on the horizon, with both teams in form, it was vital West Ham gained full reward and Antonio was the driving force behind this vital victory.
It is hard to escape the sense that Kepa still faces a fight to secure his future at Stamford Bridge after an uncertain season that even saw the £71m signing dropped for Willy Caballero shortly before the season went into hiatus.
And he did nothing to dispel doubts here. When Chelsea came under pressure in the first half, he failed to command his area and they were fortunate to see Soucek’s goal chalked off by VAR before the Czech rose to head West Ham in front from another corner.
He still has much to prove and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will expect better as he tries to cement a season of improvement with a place in the top four and another season in the Champions League.
This was a real disappointment for Chelsea, especially as the force appeared to be with them after William’s second goal and they looked the most likely winners.
But they were caught out by a lightning break that ended in Yarmolenko’s goal and the chance to close even further on fading Leicester City and maintain the gap between themselves and in-form Manchester United was lost.
West Ham boss David Moyes, speaking to BBC Sport:
On VAR decision: “At that moment I thought everything was going against us. The first goal is vital and when you lose it you think here we go again but great credit to the players, they kept at it and I thought we got the reward. The equaliser was deserved.”
On the winning goal: “We had to counter because they had pinned us right back. We were always waiting for a moment or a chance. We hoped luck would change for us, we felt it had not been with us in some games, we worked harder and deserved that luck.
“We need him (Antonio) so much. He led the line really well. You have to win a game people have not been expecting. I think it was a shock after we saw the performance of Chelsea at Manchester City. Chelsea played a lot of good football. We’ve done well but our football has to get better.”
Chelsea host Watford in the Premier League on Saturday, 4 July (20:00 BST), while West Ham travel to Newcastle the following afternoon (14:15).
West Bromwich Albion moved a point behind Championship leaders Leeds United after a comfortable victory at Sheffield Wednesday.
Charlie Austin’s penalty eight minutes before the break set the Baggies on the way to their first win in five games, which lifted Slaven Bilic’s side five points clear of third-placed Brentford.
Matheus Pereira glanced in Kieran Gibbs’ cross to double the visitors’ lead just before the hour mark.
Owls winger Kadeem Harris hit the post with a curling shot from 25 yards out soon afterwards, but Pereira smashed in a third from a narrow angle late on as Wednesday suffered a first defeat in three games.
The win was a timely one for West Brom, who headed into the game at Hillsborough having taken just one point from their two games since the season restarted on Saturday, 20 June.
With Brentford and fourth-placed Nottingham Forest both in form following the resumption, the Baggies were under pressure to get their automatic promotion bid back on track.
Wednesday started the brighter and were sharp in possession, yet did not make the most of their set-piece opportunities in the first half – with Connor Wickham heading into the side-netting from a corner.
Having gone four games without scoring, the visitors were given the perfect opportunity to end their struggles in front of goal when Moses Odubajo dragged Dara O’Shea down from Pereira’s free-kick.
Austin sent Owls keeper Joe Wildsmith the wrong way and slotted into the bottom right-hand corner to end West Brom’s 441-minute goal drought and notch his 10th goal of the season in all competitions.
The second goal came from a team move, with slick passing and good hold-up play from Callum Robinson setting up a crossing opportunity for left-back Gibbs, who found an unmarked Pereira eight yards out.
Wildsmith did well to deny Kamil Grosicki from close range after a defensive slip allowed the Poland international a sight at goal, but he could do little about Pereira’s strike with five minutes left.
The hosts rarely troubled Albion keeper Sam Johnstone, although he was called into action in the final minute of stoppage time to punch away Jabob Murphy’s fierce long-range drive.
The match was the Owls’ first since reports emerged that some players have not been paid in full this month, and the South Yorkshire club are also awaiting the outcome of an English Football League hearing into a misconduct charge relating to the sale of their stadium to owner Dejphon Chansiri.
Wednesday were sixth in mid-January after winning at Leeds, but two victories in 13 league outings since then has left Garry Monk’s side nine points off the play-offs with six games of the campaign remaining.
Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk: “I think the first half was a missed opportunity for us. They looked a bit nervous, but we didn’t quite take advantage of it.
“It is a very unfortunate scoreline. It was definitely not one we deserved.
“We gave it everything, but their freshness showed in the second half.
On reports some wages had not been paid in full: “All of that will be resolved and done properly.
“Everyone inside the camp were totally understanding of it.
“It has been explained to everyone. We know that is being resolved and is not an issue.”
West Brom head coach Slaven Bilic: “I liked the performance. It was not easy to play that game.
“There was big pressure on us and we responded like a proper, mature, quality team and that’s what I like about it.
“Everybody gave everything and that was expected. You can crumble under the pressure, but we didn’t.
“I’m really proud of the guys. Hopefully we are back in town.”
The Danish Cup final was suspended for 14 minutes as a group of ultras refused to obey social distancing.
Aalborg and SonderjyskE were both given 725 tickets each for fans at the final at the neutral Esbjerg Stadium, so long as they sat 1m apart.
But just before the 30-minute mark, a group of Aalborg – also known as AaB – fans grouped together and refused to move despite pleas from the club’s coaches and other fans.
They were kicked out of the ground.
Their team went on to lose 2-0 with Anders Jacobsen scoring twice against his old club.
It is the first major trophy in SonderjyskE’s history.
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