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Chelsea 2-2 West Bromwich Albion

Eden Hazard's controversial stoppage-time penalty salvaged a draw for Chelsea against West Brom and kept Jose Mourinho's unbeaten home record intact.

Hazard maintained his composure to score after Steven Reid had been penalised for a collision with Ramires, who appeared to go to ground easily.

The hosts took a half-time lead when Samuel Eto'o pounced from close range.

But the Baggies fought back superbly through Shane Long and Stephane Sessegnon before the late drama.

The penalty was awarded by referee Andre Marriner in the fourth and final minute of stoppage-time for what appeared a relatively innocuous coming-together between Ramires and Reid.

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And after Hazard had sent the impressive Boaz Myhill the wrong way, there was a fracas between the rival players as West Brom made their anger clear.

But if it was a cruel ending for the visitors, who were seconds away from their first victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 30 years, it was a redemption of sorts for Hazard.

The Belgian had been restored to the starting line-up after being dropped in midweek for arriving back late from a trip to watch his former club Lille.

And he justified his manager's faith with an energetic performance and a nerveless spot-kick that extended Mourinho's run of home Premier League matches without defeat to 66.

A victory for the Baggies would have represented a coup for their manager Steve Clarke, who was Mourinho's assistant during his hugely successful first stint at the club.

And the Scot's well-drilled outfit looked comfortable as they kept Chelsea at bay for almost the entirety of an uneventful first half.

However, just when the Blues fans were starting to give voice to their frustrations at a stuttering display, the opening goal arrived.

When Myhill parried Hazard's fierce shot from the left, Eto'o punished a dithering Liam Ridgewell at the far post to poke home his fourth goal for the club.

Chelsea went up a gear at the start of the second half and Hazard fluffed a chance to double Chelsea's lead when he failed to control an exquisite long pass from Oscar.

The one-way traffic was reversed when West Brom almost snatched an equaliser on the break.

An accurate cross from Morgan Amalfitano located Long, whose powerful header from the penalty spot struck the foot of the post.

If the opportunity was a warning to Chelsea of Long's aerial prowess, it went unheeded.

Further Albion pressure earned a corner from the right and when Gareth McAuley's header was pushed into the air by keeper Petr Cech, Long leapt above a crowd of Chelsea players to nod home.

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Amazingly, there was more to come from the visitors. Sensing vulnerability in their illustrious opponents, West Brom poured forward and were rewarded with a second goal.

Ridgewell picked out Sessegnon, who side-stepped John Terry and cracked off a shot which somehow squirmed under the body of a flat-footed Cech.

Chelsea responded with a characteristic onslaught, but Myhill showed excellent reflexes to turn aside a low drive from Ivanovic before Willian headed over.

The Blues remained vulnerable though and almost suffered a fatal wound when Chris Brunt ran from inside his own half but could only shoot over with team-mates well placed.

However, with Chelsea fans streaming towards the exits, the Blues were handed a last-gasp opportunity to claim a point.

Running at pace with the ball inside the area, Ramires appeared to lean into Reid before hitting the ground.

The collision was enough to convince Marriner to point to the spot, and Hazard stepped up to secure a vital point for the London team.

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 1Cech
  • 2IvanovicBooked at 90mins
  • 28AzpilicuetaSubstituted forMikelat 73'minutes
  • 8LampardBooked at 15minsSubstituted forBaat 64'minutes
  • 24Cahill
  • 26Terry
  • 22Willian
  • 7Ramires
  • 29Eto'oBooked at 45mins
  • 11OscarSubstituted forMataat 73'minutes
  • 17Hazard

Substitutes

  • 3Cole
  • 4David Luiz
  • 10Mata
  • 12Mikel
  • 15De Bruyne
  • 19Ba
  • 23Schwarzer

West Brom

  • 13Myhill
  • 2Reid
  • 6RidgewellBooked at 90mins
  • 5YacobBooked at 28mins
  • 23McAuleyBooked at 90mins
  • 3OlssonBooked at 90mins
  • 18AmalfitanoBooked at 83minsSubstituted forPopovat 89'minutes
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 9LongBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAnichebeat 79'minutes
  • 29SessegnonSubstituted forMorrisonat 81'minutes
  • 11BruntBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Popov
  • 7Morrison
  • 16Anichebe
  • 19Daniels
  • 20Vydra
  • 25Dawson
  • 38Berahino
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
41,623

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 2, West Bromwich Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, West Bromwich Albion 2.

Booking

Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 2, West Bromwich Albion 2. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.
Penalty Chelsea. Ramires draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a fast break.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jonas Olsson.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Youssuf Mulumbu.
Attempt blocked. John Terry (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Goran Popov replaces Morgan Amalfitano.
Foul by Demba Ba (Chelsea).
Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Claudio Yacob.

Booking

Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion).
goal

As It Stood

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1Arsenal108111325
2Liverpool117221123
3Southampton116411022
4Chelsea11632821
5Everton11551420
6Tottenham10622420
7Man City106131719
8Man Utd10523417
9West Brom11353014
10Aston Villa11425-114
11Newcastle10424-214
12Hull11425-514
13Cardiff11335-612
14Swansea10325011
15Norwich11326-1211
16West Ham11245-210
17Fulham11317-910
18Stoke10235-49
19Sunderland10118-154
20Crystal Palace11119-154
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