West Bromwich Albion defeated Chelsea 5-2 at Stamford Bridge to hand Thomas Tuchel his first defeat as Chelsea Head Coach. Having taken the lead in the 27th minute, Chelsea seemed to be heading to a routine win, until Thiago Silva’s red card turned the game on its head.
Both teams played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at the Hawthorns earlier this season, and the goal fest continued at Stamford Bridge as West Brom secured a vital win to keep alive their hopes of staying in the Premier League.
Having gone into the referee’s book in the 5th minute, Thiago Silva was sent off in the 29th minute for a second bookable offence on his return to first team action. Christian Pulisic gave Chelsea the lead in the 27th minute by tapping home Alonso’s free kick after it rebounded off the post.
Chelsea continued to dominate possession despite being a man down, and looked threatening with their attacks as Reece James forced Johnstone into a decent save towards the end of the first half. Chelsea’s hopes of heading into the break with a lead were dealt a severe blow as the Baggies scored twice in the space of two minutes in stoppage time through Matheus Pereira.
The West Brom forward scored his first by lifting his strike over Mendy after catching onto a long ball from his goalkeeper, and the second through a crowd of Chelsea defenders into the bottom right corner after James lost possession.
Having come from 3 goals behind against the same opponent earlier in the season, Chelsea started the second half with a high tempo, and went close to finding a goal through Mount and Kovacic. However, it was the visitors who scored their third goal through Robinson, who scored a stunning side foot volley in the 63rd minute to dent Chelsea’s hope of a comeback.
Chelsea’s afternoon got worse as Diagne scored West Brom’s fourth in the 68th minute through a counterattack to effectively seal the win for the Baggies. However, Chelsea were rewarded for their continued aggression, as Mason Mount pulled a goal back in the 71st minute after Timo Werner unselfishly set him up for a tap in.
The Baggies rounded off their impressive afternoon by scoring their fifth in the stoppage time through Robinson, who lift his strike over Mendy into the bottom-left corner. Having conceded just 2 goals in their previous 14 games across all competitions under Thomas Tuchel, the Blues conceded five goals at home only for the second time in their Premier League history.