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Chelsea 2-2 West Ham United

By James GheerbrantBBC Sport
Cesc Fabregas scores from a free-kick
Cesc Fabregas scored his fifth and sixth league goals of the season

Cesc Fabregas scored a free-kick and a late penalty as Chelsea earned a point to frustrate West Ham's Champions League ambitions.

The Hammers took the lead when Manuel Lanzini beat Thibaut Courtois with a sumptuous curling effort from 25 yards.

Fabregas's superb set piece on the stroke of half-time pegged them back.

Substitute Andy Carroll looked to have won it for West Ham, before Fabregas snatched a point after Michail Antonio fouled Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Victory would have moved West Ham in front of Manchester City into fourth place, but Slaven Bilic's side were unable to add Chelsea to Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal on their list of away scalps this season.

Chelsea, who remain unbeaten in the league under interim boss Guus Hiddink, stay 10th.

Chelsea penalty hard to accept - Bilic

Hammers hard done by?

After Carroll finished clinically from Dimitri Payet's superb through-ball, West Ham were two minutes plus added time away from their first victory in Stamford Bridge at 14 years when substitute Loftus-Cheek tumbled in the area.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek tumbles to the ground as Michail Antonio watches on
West Ham have now conceded six penalties this season - and only been awarded one

Referee Robert Madley pointed to the spot, but replays appeared to show that rather than being clipped by Antonio, the midfielder tripped over his own feet.

In addition, Antonio - who had scored in each of his previous three league matches - appeared to be outside the box when Loftus-Cheek went down.

"To concede that late is gutting, but to concede it from a penalty that is not a penalty is unacceptable," Bilic said.

"It was not close to the line. It was way out. It was not a penalty. We are gutted and we are not getting these decisions."

Fabregas shines as Blues show fighting spirit

Heatmaps for Cesc Fabregas and Mark Noble
Cesc Fabregas's all-action display (left) was in contrast to an ineffectual performance by his West Ham counterpart Mark Noble (right)

Following last week's defeat by Everton in the FA Cup, reigning league champions Chelsea have nothing left to play for this season - but they showed plenty of battling spirit to take a point from this match.

The Blues were not at their fluent best but 18 crosses and 22 shots told the tale of their unstinting endeavour in forward areas.

Fabregas, a superb performer last season, has endured a much more difficult campaign this time round, and has sometimes been accused of going missing in difficult matches, but here he was at his influential best.

His free-kick was masterful, getting the ball up and down from 25 yards and beating the dive of Adrian after Winston Reid had fouled Oscar.

But his performance was about much more than goals - the 28-year-old Spaniard also had more shots, passes and touches than anyone else on the pitch.

Man of the match - Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas points
Fabregas made 81 passes and had 100 touches in a performance reminiscent of his best displays of last season

What they said

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink: "We stared well in the first 10 minutes but we then started losing the possession too easily. We reacted just before half-time, especially with the beautiful Fabregas free-kick. In the second half we got caught on the counter, but we reacted perfectly to get the draw.

"This is a very good West Ham side. They are knocking on the door for the top four. I was happy with the late penalty decision. It's difficult for me to make a judgement - I think he was tripped on the line. On the line is part of the box."

Hiddink pleased by 'entertaining game'

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: "I don't look too much at the table but what gives me confidence is the way we are playing, no matter who or where.

"We are capable and we are having chances against any team. That approach should take us far."

The stats you need to know

  • Cesc Fabregas scored twice in a Premier League game for the first time since December 2009 - a game which also featured his last goal direct from a free-kick.
  • Fabregas is the fourth Chelsea player this season to score a direct free-kick goal in all competitions (Oscar, Willian, Hazard being the other three).
  • Four of Manuel Lanzini's five Premier League goals this season have been scored away from home.
  • Chelsea have now conceded in each of their last nine Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.

What's next?

Chelsea face Aston Villa on 2 April, while West Ham host Crystal Palace.

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 13Courtois
  • 2IvanovicBooked at 16mins
  • 24Cahill
  • 26Terry
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4FàbregasBooked at 90mins
  • 12Mikel
  • 22WillianBooked at 90mins
  • 8OscarSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 84'minutes
  • 16KenedySubstituted forPedroat 45'minutes
  • 18RemySubstituted forTraoreat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Begovic
  • 6Baba
  • 11Da Silva
  • 14Traore
  • 17Pedro
  • 21Matic
  • 36Loftus-Cheek

West Ham

  • 13AdriánBooked at 89mins
  • 30AntonioBooked at 88mins
  • 2ReidBooked at 45mins
  • 21OgbonnaBooked at 45mins
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8KouyatéBooked at 64mins
  • 11E ValenciaSubstituted forEmenikeat 75'minutes
  • 16Noble
  • 28LanziniSubstituted forObiangat 82'minutes
  • 27Payet
  • 15SakhoSubstituted forCarrollat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Randolph
  • 4Song
  • 9Carroll
  • 14Obiang
  • 17O'Brien
  • 29Emenike
  • 35Oxford
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
41,623

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home22
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home10
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 2, West Ham United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, West Ham United 2.

  3. Post update

    John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bertrand Traore following a set piece situation.

  6. Post update

    Pedro (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Winston Reid (West Ham United).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

  9. Post update

    Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  11. Booking

    Willian (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Booking

    Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea).

  14. Booking

    Adrián (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Chelsea 2, West Ham United 2. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  16. Booking

    Michail Antonio (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Penalty Chelsea. Ruben Loftus-Cheek draws a foul in the penalty area.

  18. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Michail Antonio (West Ham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Dimitri Payet with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester31199354312366
2Tottenham301610453242958
3Arsenal30167748301855
4Man City29156852312151
5West Ham301311647351250
6Man Utd29138837271047
7Stoke31137113437-346
8Southampton30128103830844
9Liverpool2812884337644
10Chelsea30101194541441
11West Brom30109113037-739
12Everton29911951411038
13Bournemouth30108123847-938
14Watford30107133032-237
15Swansea3199133140-936
16Crystal Palace3096153240-833
17Norwich3177173254-2228
18Sunderland2967163554-1925
19Newcastle2966172854-2624
20Aston Villa3137212258-3616
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