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Werner Gives Chelsea Vital Win at 10-man West Ham


Timo Werner’s first-half strike helped strengthen Chelsea’s grip on the top four with a 1-0 win at West Ham, who saw Fabian Balbuena controversially sent off after a VAR intervention.

Chelsea’s winner came just before half-time through Werner’s first Premier League goal since mid-February, finishing off at close range from Ben Chilwell’s low cross (43).

The game opened up in the second half as Werner missed a fine chance to double his tally, turning wide at close range from a rebound, and West Ham were reduced to 10 men with a baffling dismissal as Balbuena’s studs caught Chilwell’s calf after following through with a clearance.

West Ham's Fabien Balbuena was sent off for this challenge on Chelsea's Ben Chilwell.
West Ham’s Fabian Balbuena was sent off for this challenge on Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell

After referee Chris Kavanagh consulted the pitchside monitor to view the incident, which seemed an unavoidable action from the West Ham defender, Balbuena was shown a red card.

Chelsea saw the game out, meaning Thomas Tuchel’s side are fourth, now three points clear of fifth-placed West Ham, with Liverpool a further point behind in sixth with five games remaining

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