Captain for his debut in the Premier League, Thiago Silva was guilty on the second goal of the Baggies.
At the end of the afternoon, at The Hawthorns, Frank Lampard’s troops wanted to resume their march forward, after having won painfully in Brighton at the start of the season then fell at home against the English champion, Liverpool.
West Bromwich Albion had suffered a lot during the first two days of EPL (3-0 defeats to Leicester and 5-2 to Everton), Chelsea abandoned their 4-3-3 for a 4-2-3-1.
Kepa on bench, it is Willy Caballero who started in goal. In front, Tammy Abraham occupied the point, while Jorginho was missing in the middle. Third novelty of the London eleven, Thiago Silva debuted alongside Christensen in the central defense.
Thirty minutes of poor performance for Thiago Silva and others
It took Slaven Bilic’s Baggies twenty-eight minutes to blow up Chelsea and instill doubt in Frank Lampard.
In 4th minute of the match, well served by Matheus Pereira in the left side area, behind Reece James and Andreas Christensen, Callum Robinson, who signed this summer from Sheffield United, opened the scoring with a perfectly crossed shot with his left foot (1 -0, 4th).
Fifteen minutes into the game, Timo Werner missed the equalizer. Ideally served in front of goal, his recovery from inside the right flirted with the top of the crossbar (15th).
With danger and a few imprecise crosses from Reece James far behind, West Brom doubled the lead. Served in an harmless way by Matéo Kovacic, Thiago Silva lacked control and Callum Robinson stole the ball from his feet. The Irish international was spinning at full speed and offered himself a brace with a shot placed in the box (2-0, 25th). The gray face of the Brazilian defender seemed familiar. Like a bad omen.
Two minutes later, on an outgoing corner kick, Thiago Silva let go of the marking on Darnell Furlong, who took the ball with his head. Party behind the defense at the edge of the offside, Kyle Bartley followed and adjusted Willy Caballero closely and honored the new sponsor of the Blues, who wore for this fatal occasion a pink and blue outfit tribute to Crystal Palace (3-0, 27th).
The Blues miraculous comeback
At the break, the Blues manager made two changes. Marcos Alonso substituted for César Azpilicueta, when Matéo Kovacic was replaced by Callum Hudson-Odoi (46th).
It took ten minutes for the Blues to get back into the game. The consolation goal came from Mason Mount, who served by Azpilicueta. Triggered from a distance, right and left, Sam Johnstone looked the ball without reaction (3-1, 54th).
The Baggies double-scorer Callum Robinson replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu (66th), who would have to defend the result with partners.
The Blues stepped up the pressure on West Bromwich Albion’s goals, determined to reverse the trend. Kai Havertz assisted Callum Hudson-Odoi to double the Blues’ goal(3-2, 70th).
Twenty minutes from the end of the game, we didn’t give a lot of the promoted skin. Especially since Frank Lampard was looking to increase his striking force a little more in front and decided to replace Thiago Silva with Olivier Giroud (73rd).
The end of the match looked like attack and defense. The Baggies had a few counter opportunities but didn’t put them to bottom.
In the stoppage time, quite clumsy in this match, Timo Werner sent a volley to the left of the frame (90th + 2). Braced in their surface, the Baggies finally cracked on a strike from Mason Mount badly repelled by Sam Johnstone and Tammy Abraham pushed the ball to the bottom and put a smile on his face.
The VAR checked for a possible hand from Kai Havertz, but the referee awarded the goal (3-3, 90th + 3).
The promoted won the first point of his season. A point with a bitter taste. Chelsea saved the furniture, but are now 5 points away from Everton, current Premier League leader.