Frank Lampard’s first game against former club West Ham as a manager ended in defeat, extending the Blues’ winless run to three games.
Aaron Cresswell fired West Ham to their first Premier League win at Chelsea in 17 years to hand a big boost to under-fire boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Cresswell’s third league goal of the campaign sealed the 1-0 Stamford Bridge triumph, ending West Ham’s streak of eight matches without a win in all competitions.
The left-back turned Reece James inside out before whipping past Kepa Arrizabalaga to condemn Frank Lampard to defeat in his first match as Chelsea boss against old club West Ham.
The Hammers sealed their first win since the 2-0 home victory over Manchester United on September 22, as Chelsea struggled without injured England striker Tammy Abraham.
The 10-goal Premier League star suffered a hip injury in Wednesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw at Valencia and the Blues could only claw at attacking fluidity with Frenchman Olivier Giroud up front.
Manager Lampard had admitted before facing West Ham that the club were yet to determine how long Abraham would be sidelined. And on this evidence the Stamford Bridge men will want the 22-year-old back in full flow as quickly as possible.
Chelsea paid the ultimate price for a string of squandered first-half chances, with Lampard’s men surrendering an unbeaten home run of 13 league matches dating back to 2002 against the Hammers.
For embattled West Ham boss Pellegrini a fourth league win of the term would undoubtedly ease the pressure, with clashes against Wolves and Arsenal up next.
Pellegrini pitched in 33-year-old former Millwall goalkeeper David Martin for his Premier League debut after Roberto had leaked nine goals in three matches.
And the switch certainly boosted the Hammers’ defensive control, resulting in a deserved clean sheet.
Chelsea dominated possession and territory from the get-go, but were unable to convert a host of half-chances.
Christian Pulisic nodded over cheaply at the far post after Jorginho’s cute ball had teed up Pedro for the cross.
Pedro himself saw two shots blocked and was then unable to reach an incisive reverse ball from Pulisic.
James saw his deflected cross strike the frame of the goal as Chelsea continued to press, and then the unmarked Kurt Zouma headed wide from five yards out.
West Ham created one of the best chances of the half however, handing Chelsea a sharp reminder on the break.
Antonio forced Kepa into a smart save from a powerful header when racing onto Snodgrass’ inviting centre.
Martin failed to hold Kovacic’s tame 20-yard shot as Chelsea resumed their attacking procession, but neither Giroud nor Pedro could turn in from rebounds.
Giroud then contrived entirely to miss James’ dangerous cross when he should have scored with little issue. And when the ball span to the far post Pulisic could only drive high and wide.
Chelsea paid for their first-half profligacy almost immediately after the restart, as Cresswell stunned a sluggish James by turning the right back inside out before curling past Kepa.
The nonplussed Blues continued to creak when Fabian Balbuena saw Kepa palm away his fine header, before Michail Antonio failed to find a finish from point-blank range.
Willian and N’Golo Kante replaced Pedro and Jorginho on the hour as Lampard searched for a shift in mood and momentum.
West Ham thought they had doubled their lead when Antonio bundled home at the far post after Snodgrass’ cross. But a VAR check chalked off the goal, leaving Chelsea 20 minutes to turn the tide.
Callum Hudson-Odoi replaced Giroud as Lampard went for broke in search of an equaliser, but the fit-again England forward could not alter the outcome.
Man Utd Thrash Bournemouth 5-2 To Move Into Top Four
Manchester United moved into the top four as Mason Greenwood struck a brilliant brace in a 5-2 victory over relegation-threatened Bournemouth.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side went above Chelsea ahead of the Blues’ game against Watford with a win that extended their unbeaten run to 16 games in all competitions.
They fell behind to Junior Stanislas’ opener, but led at the break through first-half efforts from Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
The Cherries took a shock 16th-minute lead when Stanislas followed up his initial blocked effort and nutmegged Harry Maguire on the byline before beating David de Gea at his near post.
It was the first time United had conceded in 500 minutes in all competitions, but they soon roared back when Greenwood blasted in a venomous left-footed drive having been found by Fernandes.
And six minutes later, United were ahead. Adam Smith needlessly handled the ball following Martial’s downward header and Rashford stuck the resulting penalty into the bottom-right corner of the net.
That put Rashford ahead of Martial in their personal goals duel, though the Frenchman also moved onto 20 for the campaign in emphatic fashion, cutting in off the left flank and rifling into the top corner with a brilliant right-footed strike.
Bournemouth were handed a route back into the match when United made a sloppy start to the second half.
De Gea had already saved from Lewis Cook and Arnaut Danjuma hit the post after Maguire gave the ball away before Eric Bailly handled trying to control Nemanja Matic’s pass.
King converted the penalty against his old club, only for Greenwood to again deliver an emphatic response six minutes later, this time with his right foot.
Fernandes, with two assists to his name already, then got in on the act as United scored five at Old Trafford in a Premier League game for the first time since 2011.
CAF Postpones 2021 African Cup Of Nation To 2022
According to the latest report, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in a recent statement has postponed the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) to 2022.
The tournament, which was earlier scheduled to take place between January 9 and February 6, 2021, in Cameroon has now been postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
“After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022,” CAF confirmed in a statement.
“The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course.”
CAF also announced that the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) has been postponed to 2021, while the 2020 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations was cancelled due to ‘challenging conditions.’
See full details of the decisions made by the CAF Executive Committee at the meeting.
Total Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021
After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022. The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course.
Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Cameroon 2020
The final tournament has been postponed till January 2021 in Cameroon.
“The CAF Executive Committee is satisfied with t the Cameroonian authorities for their commitment towards the hosting of the two competitions. Cameroon is ready to host either competition and are within schedule,” CAF President Ahmad Ahmad said.
Interclubs 2019/20 season
The Total CAF Champions League and Total CAF Confederation Cup, will resume in September with a Final Four (4) format. Semi-Final matches will be played in a single match.
Total CAF Champions League
Venue for Final Four to be decided
Total CAF Confederation Cup
Morocco will host the Final Four
Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations 2020
Due to challenging conditions, the 2020 edition of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations has been cancelled.
Meanwhile, the CAF Women’s Champions League will be launched in 2021. The format and other details will be communicated in due course.
Zonal Qualifiers for U-20 & U-17 Africa Cup of Nations
A meeting with the Organising Competitions for Youth Football and the Zonal Unions has been proposed to finalize the arrangements for the zonal qualifiers. Meanwhile, the U-17 AFCON will take place in July 2021.
Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations 2020
Following the withdrawal of Uganda, a new hosting bid will be launched for the organization of the final tournament either in 2020 or 2021.
Osimhen Beats Moses Simon To Win The Marc-Vivien Foe Prize
Nigerian Forward, Victor Osimhen has won the annual Marc-Vivien Foe award in the French Ligue 1.
The Marc-Vivien Foe is a French annual award for the best African player in the league 1.
The Lile star saw off competitions from fellow compatriot Moses Simon who plays for Nantes, Denis Bouanga from Saint Etienne, Mbaye Niang, Hamari Traore and Edouard Mend all from Renne, Andy Delort from Montpellier and Islam Slimani from Monaco.
Osimhen won this award after votes from Jury consisting of African sports journalist who were impressed with the young stars’ performance since joining the French club.
Osimhen was a replacement for Ivorian star Nicolas Pepe who was sold to Arsenal and Victor has impressed since joining from Belgian club Sporting Charleroi.
He has so far scored 18 goals and had 6 assists for Lile in all competitions before the French League was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
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