Substitute Andriy Yarmolenko‘s last-gasp winner settled an eventful London derby with Chelsea and delivered a huge boost to West Ham United’s hopes of avoiding relegation.
The Ukrainian, who made his first appearance for six months as a late substitute in their 2-0 defeat by Wolves, was introduced in the 78th minute with a topsy-turvy derby on a knife edge at 2-2.
With Chelsea pushing for a late winner, West Ham counter-attacked and Pablo Fornals played in Yarmolenko who cut inside Antonio Rudiger before sliding a shot past Kepa Arrizabalaga.
David Moyes was angry when Tomas Soucek saw a first-half goal ruled out by VAR because Michail Antonio was adjudged to be offside and in Arrizabalaga’s line of vision.
Chelsea then took the lead through Willian’s penalty but battling West Ham levelled through Soucek’s header right on the stroke of half-time.
Man-of-the-match Antonio bundled West Ham in front six minutes after the interval but this eventful affair looked to be heading for a draw when Willian’s superb free-kick with 18 minutes left drew Chelsea level.
It looked like both sides would have to settle for a point but that late twist not only provides a huge morale lift to Moyes’ side, putting them three points clear of the relegation places, but also completed a good 24 hours for Manchester United in the race for Champions League places after their win at Brighton and third-placed Leicester City’s loss at Everton.