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Pereira stars as Baggies hit Chelsea for five at Stamford Bridge

West Brom pick up first win at Chelsea in 40 years

Brazilian midfielder, Matheus Pereira scored twice and assisted twice for West Bromwich Albion as they stunned Chelsea 5-2 at Stamford Bridge, ending the 15-game unbeaten run of their illustrious hosts.

Chelsea started the game in control and deservedly took the lead through American winger, Christian Pulisic who reacted quickest after a Marcos Alonso freekick hit the frame of the goal in the 27th minute. Less than two minutes later, Chelsea were down to ten men as Thiago Silva lunged to get a block on and caught Okay Yokuslu, earning his second booking and ultimately, a sending off. From this moment, it all went downhill for the home side. West Brom equalised against the run of play in the second minute of first half added time when a long ball from goalkeeper Sam Johnstone caught the Chelsea defenders napping and allowed Pereira get in behind to dink the ball over Edouard Mendy in the Chelsea goal, who was in no man’s land. Pereira turned the game on its head with a second goal in added time after some shocking play from Chelsea in defence. Nigerian center back, Semi Ajayi was at the right place to divert Alonso’s acrobatic effort onto the frame of the goal as the second half started. Callum Robinson scored the visitors’ third with a cushioned volley that flew past Mendy after some good play down the right channel. Three became four soon after, as Mbaye Diagne got in on the act following a fine pass by Pereira. Chelsea scored to make it 4-2 through substitute Mason Mount before Callum Robinson ultimately sealed the result with a dink over Mendy for his second goal from another Pereira assist to make it 5-2. Robinson has five career EPL goals, all of which have come against Chelsea in only 3 appearances.

The win still keeps West Brom in the relegation zone, but gives them renewed optimism about the chances of their survival. Sam Allardyce became the first manager ever to win at Stamford Bridge with three different teams after doing so with Bolton Wanderers and Crystal Palace in the past. Chelsea conceded 5 goals at Stamford Bridge for the first time since the 2011/12 season.

Salahudeen Sulayman

Sulayman is a sports enthusiast and budding Sports writer. You can reach him on Twitter @Sulayman_Salah

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