Chelsea beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 at The Hawthorns in Sunday’s English Premier League action. Pedro, Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta got on the scoreboard for the Blues while James Morrison scored twice for West Brom. The first few minutes of the first half was a good start for Albion.
In the 12th minute the Blues conceded a penalty as Nemanja Matic made a poor challenge on Ben Foster. Morrison took the penalty but Thibaut Courtois seemed to know where he was going as he saved the ball. The Baggies were disappointed with the penalty but they were making a decent effort to bounce back.
It was Jose Mourinho’s men who got on the scoreboard first. Pedro netted in the 20th minute. The ball started with Eden Hazard, who was defended by four players but managed to pass to the Spaniard and the former Barcelona man skillfully dribbled in through two defenders that were in front of him, and with delicate touches on the ball he shot the ball with his left foot.
The visitors’ second goal came from a counter attack. Willian passed the ball to Pedro, and the xx-year old struck the shot towards the goal but it was Diego Costa with the quality finish as he eased in goal number two. The home side made it 2-1 as Morrison scored a great volley in the 35th minute.
A bicycle-kick from Salomon Rondon managed to keep the ball in before Morrison’s superb volley finish but the action for the half was not done. Eight minutes later the London club scored a third.
Cesc Fabregas passed the ball to Costa, who was taken down in the six-yard box but it was Azpilicueta coming on from the wing who delicately slotted in the goal to take Mourinho’s men to a 3-1 half-time lead.
In the 55th minute John Terry was sent off after what seemed like a shoulder touch on Rondon. The referee gave him a red card and he was disappointed as he walked off the field. This was Terry’s sixth sending off in his career.
As the champions were playing with ten players Tony Pulis’ players looked rejuvenated. Morrison scored again after he was facing the wrong side when Rondon passed the ball to him but he headed home anyway to bring West Brom right back into it.
Despite Albion’s determination, Chelsea being down to 10 men and five minutes of additional time, it was the Blues who won for the first time this season. Mourinho will be looking to capitalise on this win for the next game against Crystal Palace. On the other hand it is not looking too good for the Baggies thus far as they are sitting rock bottom on the early table.