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EPL: Diego Costa strikes late as Chelsea defeat West Ham 2-1

It’s a big day at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea face West Ham in their Premier League season opener.

football Updated: Aug 16, 2016 02:29 IST
Sayan Ghosh
West Ham United's Andre Ayew (L) goes off injured as Mark Noble talks to Andy Carroll.
West Ham United's Andre Ayew (L) goes off injured as Mark Noble talks to Andy Carroll.(Reuters Photo)

Eden Hazard and Diego Costa were on target for Chelsea as they defeated West Ham 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Hazard started the scoring when he converted a penalty on the 47th minute, but his goal was cancelled out by Hammers defender James Collins. The match was headed towards a draw, but Diego Costa scored a brilliant goal from outside the box to hand Chelsea a well-deserved victory.


2:24 AM (IST): 

2:21 AM (IST): West Ham are trying hard to get an equalizer, but the Chelsea defense is standing strong.

2:18 AM (IST): Diego Costa scores from outside the box to give Chelsea the lead. Is it game over for West Ham?

2:15 AM (IST): 4 minutes left in regulation time! Both the teams are looking for the goal which can decide the fate of the match.

2:11 AM (IST): 

2:10 AM (IST): James Collins has now scored 9 career goals. 4 of them have been against Chelsea.

2:08 AM (IST): Pedro replaces Willian as Chelsea look for the winning goal.

2:07 AM (IST): GOAL! James Collins makes it 1-1 for West Ham!

2:05 AM (IST): 15 minutes left in the game. Chelsea lead 1-0 thanks to the Eden Hazard goal.

2:02 AM (IST): Antonio Conte is quite an animated presence on the sidelines.

1:55 AM (IST): Dimitri Payet is about to come on for West Ham.

1:52 AM (IST): Antonio Conte was certainly happy about the Chelsea goal.

1:51 AM (IST): A good strike by Willian, but an equally good save by the West Ham goalkeeper to foil the effort.

1:47 AM (IST): A good day for Fantasy Premier League users who had Hazard in their team.

1:42 AM (IST): Cesc Fabregas warming up for Chelsea, Dimitri Payet doing the same for West Ham.

1:39 AM (IST): Eden Hazard’s goal marks the 5000th goal in top flight for Chelsea. What an achievement!

1:36 AM (IST): Chelsea take the lead!

1:34 AM (IST): The second half begins and within the first minute, West Ham has conceded a penalty!

1:25 AM (IST): Some pictures from the game so far.

1:22 AM (IST): A look at the half-time stats at Stamford Bridge.

1:20 AM (IST): It seems that the fans are not quite happy with the quality of play in the first half.

1:18 AM (IST): It has been a boring game till now and predictably, the score remains goalless at the end of the first half.

1:14 AM (IST): 

1:11 AM (IST): 

1:06 AM (IST): The injury can be bad news for the Hammers as Andre Ayew was bought at the start of the season for a record fee.

1:05 AM (IST): First substitution for West Ham as an injured Andre Ayew is replaced by Gökhan Töre.

West Ham midfielder Andre Ayew picked up an injury against Chelsea. (AFP Photo)

1:00 AM (IST): 30 minutes gone. The score remains 0-0.

12:53 AM (IST): First booking for West Ham as James Collins picks up a yellow card.

12:51 AM (IST): A strong penalty shout for Chelsea, but denied.

12:47 AM (IST): Chelsea look to be in control of the match but it still remains goalless.

12:39 AM (IST): Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante becomes the first player to be booked in the match.

12:38 AM (IST): The Antonio Conte era has began in Chelsea.

12:30 AM (IST): The match is underway!

12:24 AM (IST): Surprising decision by West Ham as their star player Dimitri Payet will not be starting the game. Here’s a look at the Hammers XI:

12:23 AM (IST): Here’s a look at the Chelsea starting XI selected by their new manager Antonio Conte.

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