The relegation-threatened West Brom won 5-2 after dusting Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, April 13, inflicting Thomas Tuchel’s first defeat as Chelsea manager in unusual fashion.
Chelsea were down to 10 men for the most part of the game after Thiago Silva’s red card just moments after the Blues had taken the lead through Christian Pulisic in the first half.
But West Brom, fighting for their lives in the relegation battle, played brilliant football against Chelsea in the Blues’ own backyard.
Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson scored twice to help struggling West Brom win 5-2 at 10-man Chelsea to boost their Premier League survival hopes.
The home side, looking to consolidate their top-four position in the table, went ahead after 27 minutes thanks to Christian Pulisic’s close-range finish after Marcos Alonso’s free kick had hit the post.
However, the match was turned on its head by Thiago Silva’s red card (29) after Chelsea’s returning captain picked up two bookings in the opening half an hour, with the visitors taking full advantage.
Pereira’s clever lob (45+2) brought West Brom level in first-half stoppage time before the Brazilian’s low finish (45+4) then gave his team a half-time lead.
When substitute Robinson volleyed home a third goal after a wonderful move in the 63rd minute, Sam Allardyce’s men were in dreamland.
That was not the end of the scoring as Mbaye Diagne (68) added a fourth for the Baggies and while substitute Mason Mount (71) immediately replied for Chelsea, Robinson was on hand to add the icing on the cake for West Brom with a late fifth (90+1).
As a result, Thomas Tuchel’s side stay fourth in the table, despite the German suffering his first loss in charge of the Blues, while the Baggies also remain in 19th position, but now just seven points from Newcastle and safety.