Thursday 20 October 2016

Berahino makes champions Chelsea suffer at Hawthorns


CHAMPIONS Chelsea suffered a rare Premier League defeat at the hands of a fired-up West Brom at the Hawthorns last night.

The Blues had midfield dynamo Cesc Fabregas sent-off in the first half for a silly offence after he struck West Brom player Chris Brunt flush in the face with the ball following an argument that orignally flared up between Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Baggies centre-back Gareth McAuley.

However, by that stage, the visitors were already a goal behind thanks to a wonder-strike from Berahino (pictured right) after only nine minutes. The striker picked up a Joleon Lescott pass and turned to rifle the ball home past Thibaut Courtois from 25 yards. The Baggies then doubled their lead just after the resumption of the second half when John Terry hacked Berahino down in the penalty box, with the striker dusting himself off to fire home the spot-kick.

Chelsea's woes continued and they were punished again on the hour mark when Brunt shot past Courtois after good work from Craig Gardner. Nemanja Matic came close with a free-kick late on, but the Baggies held out for a deserved win.

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