Chelsea has conceded a 2-2 draw earlier this Saturday at Stamford Bridge against West Bromwich Albion, thanks to a late penalty converted by Eden Hazard. Jose Mourinho‘s men had come very close to losing this game, but referee Andre Mariner was fooled by a blatant Ramires dive and awarded a penalty to Chelsea at the 95th minute.
Chelsea scored the first goal of the game by Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o after a terrible mistake by West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell. Steve Clarke‘s men conceded a goal at the worst time possible, and it was difficult to imagine them coming back into the game. At the break, the blues were leading 1-0 and looked like they were on their way to get their second win of the week after their Champion’s League victory against Schalke on Wednesday.
But defensive mistakes from Chelsea allowed ”The Baggies” back into the game. First it was Shane Long who rose above the Chelsea defense to head the ball home after a save from Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech. Then, former Sunderland player Stephane Sessegnon gave the lead to West Brom with a composed finish after easily dribbling Chelsea captain John Terry.
From then on, Chelsea pushed forward and put more pressure on the West Brom defense. Demba Ba and Juan Mata were brought on to bring more presence upfront but the Spaniard and the Senegalese couldn’t find a way past the West Brom defense. ”The Baggies” cleared every ball and could have even scored a third goal on the counter attack, but Chris Brunt wasted a golden opportunity to seal the deal. That miss gave a last chance to Chelsea, which lead to Ramires’ dive. Hazard converted the penalty sending Boaz Myhill the wrong way. Hazard’s goal not only rescued a point for Chelsea, but it also saved Mourinho’s unbeaten record at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League. ”The Special One” is now unbeaten in 66 home Premier League games.
Mariner’s decision to award a penalty to Chelsea saved Mourinho’s team from a second consecutive Premier League defeat. West Bromwich Albion have every right to feel robbed. Mariner’s scandalous decision denied them a historic victory.