Superb goal from German hitman Timo Werner gave Chelsea a 1-0 win over West Ham United and consolidate their fourth place in the Premier League standings.
The Blues, who head into the game just goal difference with their local rivals West Ham United on top-flight, made bright start to the game, in which saw them dominating possession.
Thomas Tuchel’s men are created three good chances in the opening 15 minutes, first when Mason Mount drifted into space down the right and laid the ball back to Werner, who scooped his first-time shot over.
Two minutes later Mount’s quick feet in the area took him past Tomas Soucek and Issa Diop but his low shot was held by stopper Lukasz Fabianski.
Then Timo Werner pulled the ball back for Christian Pulisic, unmarked, but he hurried his effort and fired straight at Lukasz Fabianski.
The host’s best chance of the first-half came in 35th minutes when Tomas Soucek pounced on a loose ball from a free-kick and prodded goal-wards.
His effort was blocked on the line by Spaniard veterans defender Cesar Azpilicueta with VAR confirming, despite West Ham’s pleas, that the Blues skipper had not handled the ball.
Instead it was Chelsea who went in ahead at the break after Werner laid the ball off to Christian Pulisic and then raced into the box to receive Ben Chilwell’s low cross and convert from a few yards out.
Werner, who ended his two-month goal drought with a composed finish from Ben Chilwell’s cross two minutes before half-time, should have doubled the club’s advantage shortly after the break, but somehow missed his target as his shot trickled wide of goal.
The German hitman somehow turned the rebound wide after Lukasz Fabianski parried Mason Mount’s long-range effort.
Jesse Lingard, who has been in excellent form since arrived at London stadium came closest to an equaliser for the hosts as his looping effort drifted just wide.
The Hammers’ hopes were killed off 10 minutes from time when Fabian Balbuena was harshly sent-off after a VAR review for his follow-through on Chilwell after clearing the ball.
In stoppage time of the game, substitute Tammy Abraham missed a golden chance to extend the Blues lead to 2-0. Playmaker Mason Mount produced a moment of magic by dribbled pass West Ham defender before delivered brilliant cross to Tammy Abraham, who made his Chelsea appearances since February.
The Englishman goes to waste as he heads over from point blank range, but Chelsea have clinched a big win in the race for the top-four with Werner’s first half goal the difference.