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West Bromwich Albion 3-3 Chelsea: Tammy Abraham scores stoppage-time equaliser

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Callum Robinson scores for West Brom against Chelsea
Callum Robinson's previous Premier League goal before this game was against Chelsea for Sheffield United in August 2019

Tammy Abraham scored a stoppage-time equaliser to complete an incredible comeback and rescue a point for Chelsea at West Bromwich Albion after they had trailed 3-0 at half-time.

In a thrilling match, West Brom looked to be heading for their first win back in the Premier League after racing into a commanding lead inside the opening 30 minutes at The Hawthorns.

A mistake by Marcos Alonso led to the hosts' first, Matheus Pereira feeding Callum Robinson to produce a classy finish past Willy Caballero, who was starting in place of dropped £71m keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Thiago Silva, who was making his Premier League debut for Chelsea, was then too casual in possession, allowing Robinson to pounce and run at goal before doubling the lead with another impressive finish.

Remarkably, it was quickly 3-0 as Kyle Bartley was left unmarked to tap home inside the six-yard box after the visitors failed to deal with a corner.

But Frank Lampard's side rallied after the break and Mason Mount reduced the deficit from 20 yards.

Substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi set up a tense finale with a stylish finish, before Abraham, making his first top-flight start of the season, tapped home the equaliser in the 93rd minute after Mount's shot had been saved.

Although West Brom boss Slaven Bilic was unhappy the goal stood because of a Kai Havertz handball in the build-up.

He said: "It's not maybe handball - it is handball. It's so obvious I don't even want to talk about it."

Mixed feelings for Lampard

West Bromwich Albion 3-3 Chelsea : 'It's still two points lost' says Lampard

Blues boss Frank Lampard looked furious slumped in his seat in the dugout after sending his players out early for the start of the second half following a horrific defensive display.

Having been handed the captain's armband on his first Premier League appearance since arriving on a free transfer, this was supposed to be a day to remember for 36-year-old Brazil centre-back Silva.

Instead, his mistake allowed Robinson to get his second after the former Sheffield United forward had broken the deadlock following Alonso's careless header.

It went from bad to worse when no-one picked up defender Bartley to make it 3-0, before Chelsea finally got a grip thanks to goals from three homegrown players.

Since the start of last season, Chelsea have conceded more away Premier League goals than any other team but as bad as they were at the back, Lampard's side were always a threat going forward.

Chelsea's Thiago Silva reacts after West Brom score against his side in the Premier League
Thiago Silva is the first outfield player to make an error leading to a goal on their Premier League debut since Issa Diop for West Ham against Arsenal in 2018

Timo Werner had already hit the bar when Baggies keeper Sam Johnstone was left rooted to his line by Mount's finish, which launched the comeback.

Hudson-Odoi's classy finish left West Brom a bag of nerves, although it took until the third minute of stoppage time for Abraham to equalise.

Despite spending £200m-plus on strengthening his squad, Lampard still has work to do if Chelsea are to claim another top-four finish.

Having lost against champions Liverpool last weekend, they have dropped five points in their past two games and looked a mess during a shambolic first 45 minutes.

Baggies let it slip

Bilic 'proud' of West Brom despite draw

This was a case of so near yet so far for West Brom, who are still searching for a first win since returning to the Premier League.

They have conceded 11 goals in 270 minutes of top-flight action - but when the dust settles Slaven Bilic will surely seize on the positives from this incident-packed encounter.

Robinson showed excellent composure for both his finishes, while Pereira has been directly involved in three of West Brom's five Premier League goals this season.

After following up his goal and assist at Everton last week, the Brazilian provided the pass for Robinson's first goal.

Abraham's late equaliser will hurt but if Bilic can tighten up his defence, the Baggies could give themselves a fighting chance this season after showing they have the ammunition to cause problems in attack.

'We knew second half would be hard' - what they said

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic: "We played the game we wanted to play. You can't plan you are going to outclass them but you can outrun them, have the right determination and concentration, make them make mistakes and punish them.

"We knew the second half was going to be hard for us. We knew we would have to defend as a team quite deep and the plan was to limit them to shots outside the box.

"It's disappointing as the boys did well enough to get all three points."

One of the best Premier League comebacks? The stats

  • Chelsea are the first Premier League team since West Ham in February 2011 to avoid defeat after trailing by three or more goals at half-time, a game which was also against West Brom at The Hawthorns and also ended 3-3.
  • West Brom are the first English top-flight side to concede 11 goals in their opening three league games since Arsenal in 1963-64 (12).
  • Chelsea have failed to keep a clean sheet in 20 of their 21 Premier League away games under Lampard.
  • Robinson's four goal involvements in the Premier League have all come against 'big six' sides, scoring three times against Chelsea and providing an assist versus Manchester United.
  • Chelsea were 3-0 down after 27 minutes against West Brom - only against Manchester City in February 2019 (19 minutes) have they been three goals down earlier in a Premier League match.
  • Silva is the first outfield player to make an error leading to a goal on their Premier League debut since Issa Diop for West Ham against Arsenal in August 2018.

What's next?

While West Brom have a week to prepare for a league game at Southampton on 4 October (12:00 BST), Chelsea are away to Tottenham in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday (19:45).

Player of the match

RobinsonCallum Robinson

with an average of 7.40

West Bromwich Albion

  1. Squad number7Player nameRobinson
    Average rating

    7.40

  2. Squad number12Player nameMatheus Pereira
    Average rating

    6.59

  3. Squad number11Player nameDiangana
    Average rating

    6.32

  4. Squad number6Player nameSemi Ajayi
    Average rating

    6.28

  5. Squad number5Player nameBartley
    Average rating

    6.26

  6. Squad number8Player nameLivermore
    Average rating

    6.18

  7. Squad number27Player nameO'Shea
    Average rating

    6.15

  8. Squad number14Player nameTownsend
    Average rating

    6.14

  9. Squad number2Player nameFurlong
    Average rating

    6.10

  10. Squad number19Player nameSawyers
    Average rating

    6.09

  11. Squad number4Player nameRobson-Kanu
    Average rating

    5.81

  12. Squad number1Player nameJohnstone
    Average rating

    5.70

  13. Squad number28Player nameField
    Average rating

    5.67

  14. Squad number10Player namePhillips
    Average rating

    5.52

Chelsea

  1. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi
    Average rating

    6.14

  2. Squad number19Player nameMount
    Average rating

    5.90

  3. Squad number9Player nameAbraham
    Average rating

    5.64

  4. Squad number29Player nameHavertz
    Average rating

    5.34

  5. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta
    Average rating

    5.29

  6. Squad number7Player nameKanté
    Average rating

    5.08

  7. Squad number11Player nameWerner
    Average rating

    4.81

  8. Squad number18Player nameGiroud
    Average rating

    4.75

  9. Squad number24Player nameJames
    Average rating

    4.58

  10. Squad number17Player nameKovacic
    Average rating

    4.39

  11. Squad number4Player nameChristensen
    Average rating

    4.27

  12. Squad number13Player nameCaballero
    Average rating

    4.06

  13. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva
    Average rating

    3.76

  14. Squad number3Player nameAlonso
    Average rating

    3.09

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2FurlongBooked at 82mins
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5Bartley
  • 27O'Shea
  • 14Townsend
  • 12Costa PereiraSubstituted forFieldat 90+1'minutes
  • 8Livermore
  • 19Sawyers
  • 11DianganaSubstituted forPhillipsat 74'minutes
  • 7RobinsonSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 10Phillips
  • 16Harper
  • 21Edwards
  • 24Kipré
  • 25Button
  • 28Field

Chelsea

  • 13Caballero
  • 24JamesBooked at 27mins
  • 4ChristensenBooked at 86mins
  • 6Thiago SilvaSubstituted forGiroudat 73'minutes
  • 3AlonsoBooked at 8minsSubstituted forAzpilicuetaat 45'minutes
  • 7Kanté
  • 17KovacicSubstituted forHudson-Odoiat 45'minutes
  • 19Mount
  • 29Havertz
  • 11Werner
  • 9Abraham

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 5Jorginho
  • 8Barkley
  • 14Tomori
  • 18Giroud
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 28Azpilicueta
Referee:
Jonathan Moss

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home24%
Away76%
Shots
Home9
Away22
Shots on Target
Home3
Away10
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 3, Chelsea 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 3, Chelsea 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Romaine Sawyers.

  4. Post update

    VAR Decision: Goal Chelsea - West Bromwich Albion 3-3 Chelsea (Tammy Abraham).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! West Bromwich Albion 3, Chelsea 3. Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.Goal confirmed following VAR Review.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mason Mount (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Timo Werner (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Conor Townsend.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Dara O'Shea.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Sam Field replaces Matheus Pereira.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Timo Werner (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Callum Hudson-Odoi.

  12. Booking

    Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Andreas Christensen (Chelsea).

  14. Post update

    Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Reece James (Chelsea).

  16. Post update

    Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Booking

    Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion).

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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