The Premier League match between Chelsea and West Brom produced a bizarre series of events for Thomas Tuchel’s side. After a pretty quiet start to the game, there was a goal, red card, injuries and a brilliant brace that followed at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Pulisic breaks the deadlock
It was in the 27th minute when Chelsea got a free-kick 25 yards out from the goal. Marcos Alonso stepped up and his dazzling left-foot strike struck the post. Christian Pulisic was the first player to react as the rebound fell in his path and he guided the ball in the back of the net.
Christian Pulisic scores his first goal under Thomas Tuchel ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/TFYYfdKFrO
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A remarkable turnaround followed
It looked like the Blues were on their way to yet another victory under manager Thomas Tuchel. However, things changed dramatically for Chelsea in the next minute. Thiago Silva, who was making a return to the side after a long gap, came up with a lunging challenge at the edge of the box to block a shot off West Brom’s player. However, he caught Okay Yokuslu and was sent off by referee David Coote.
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As Chelsea were down to 10-men, Thomas Tuchel responded by putting on Andreas Christensen in place of Hakim Ziyech. While it looked like the Blues will be able to cope with a man down, Matheus Pereira scored twice at the stroke of half-time to put West Brom 2-1 up against a shell-shocked Chelsea. The Blues had no answers in the second half as Sam Allardyce’s side eventually won the contest 5-2.