Thiago Silva tries to argue with a referee when he was sent off at Chelsea x West Bromwich – Photo: REUTERS / John Walton
It was German coach Thomas Tuchel’s first defeat at Chelsea. The team had been unbeaten since their debut on January 27, 14 games ago, and had only conceded two goals in the period. With the stumbling block, the London team could lose fourth place, the last position that guarantees a place in the classification zone for the Champions League. With 51 points, he runs the risk of being overtaken in the round. At the other end of the standings, West Bromwich now has 21, but the fourth victory in English does not take him from the penultimate place.
Chelsea: Seven straight games without conceding goals at home in all competitions.
Chelsea opened the scoring on 27 minutes, with Pulisic, but started to succumb shortly afterwards, when Thiago Silva was sent off, on 29. Punished with a yellow card on five minutes, ended up leaving his team with 10.
Matheus makes positive sign at West Bromwich goal celebration – Photo: REUTERS / Clive Rose
Matheus Pereira started to steal the spotlight before the break, with two consecutive goals in extra time. He drew at 47 and turned at 49. In the second half, he participated in the play of the third, scored by Callum Robinson, at 18, assisted the Irishman to score again at 46, after Diagne made 4-2 at 23 – Mason Mount came to decrease for Chelsea at 21.
Next Wednesday, the English team turns its attention to the Champions League. Play Porto in the first leg of the quarterfinals, away from home, at 4 pm (Brasília time), with Ge Real Time.
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