Struggling West Bromwich Albion triggered a large Premier League shock on Saturday by profitable 5-2 at fourth-place Chelsea after the home crew had Thiago Silva despatched off throughout the first half at Stamford Bridge.
The expert Brazilian defender Silva was once more throughout the aspect, following an hurt absence, for the first time in 10 matches nonetheless was confirmed the pink card throughout the twenty ninth minute following two bookings. It was German coach Thomas Tuchel’s first defeat at Chelsea and bought right here in his fifteenth recreation in price.
USA striker Christian Pulisic had picked up his first Chelsea objective since Dec. 5 to position his crew in entrance two minutes earlier, solely to see Matheus Pereira strike twice in two minutes in first-half stoppage time to supply second-bottom West Bromwich, which practically needs a miracle to stay away from relegation, a 2-1 lead on the interval.
Callum Robinson grabbed a third objective for West Bromwich when he swept dwelling a cross from Darnell Furlong throughout the 63rd minute. Mason Mount tapped in from shut differ after good work by Timo Werner to supply hope to Chelsea, which meets Porto in a Champions League quarter-final first leg in Seville on Wednesday. However Mbaye Diagne drilled in a low shot to position West Bromwich 4-2 up and Robinson clipped the ball over goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to complete a shock scoreline throughout the closing phases.
“It was a tricky first half for us,” Pulisic mentioned. “We made some easy errors we don’t usually make. The pink card adjustments every thing. To offer them credit score, they performed their assaults rather well. It’s no time to panic. We’ve been in good kind and misplaced one sport.”
For West Bromwich, it was the crew’s first win at Stamford Bridge since 1978. “Our targets have been all high quality targets, not simply the ending however the build-ups,” supervisor Sam Allardyce talked about. “It’s solely a bit little bit of a shame we didn’t current this top quality in one other video video games. This nonetheless affords us a bit little bit of hope. We’ve purchased an prolonged wait until the next recreation with Southampton each week on Monday.”