Chelsea halt West Ham charge with late equaliser

Reuters , Saturday 19 Mar 2016

Chelsea's midfielder Cesc Fabregas (L) celebrates with defender Cesar Azpilicueta after scoring a penalty during the English Premier League football match in London on March 19, 2016 (Photo: AFP)

West Ham's charge towards a Champions League spot was halted by a late Cesc Fabregas penalty at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as Chelsea remained unbeaten in the Premier League under interim manager Guus Hiddink.

Slaven Bilic's side were good value for their lead but Fabregas, whose free kick had drawn Chelsea level on the stroke of halftime, converted after Ruben Loftus-Cheek had been brought down by Michail Antonio.

Manuel Lanzini gave West Ham the lead in the 17th minute, tricking Branislav Ivanovic before curling a superb shot into the top corner and Andy Carroll restored their lead on the hour.

Carroll had been on the pitch only a couple of minutes when his scuffed shot embarrassed Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois.

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