Chelsea fixed their hold on third spot in the Premier League with a 1-0 win north of 10-man West Ham on Sunday, with Christian Pulisic's late champ at Stamford Bridge compensating for his colleague Jorginho's missed punishment.
Substitute Pulisic showed up in the case with impeccable timing to direct home a pass by Marcos Alonso in the 90th moment, not long after Jorginho squandered his opportunity from the spot, terminating directly at West Ham manager Lukasz Fabianski.
West Ham protector Craig Dawson, perhaps their best player in a much-changed side, was shown a red card after a check by the Video Assistant Referee following an ungainly foul on substitute Romelu Lukaku which brought about the punishment.
Thomas Tuchel's side finished a run of two straight home losses - against Brentford and Arsenal - however it was their forward line instead of protection that will require chipping away at in the last leg of the time.
Seventh-set West Ham rolled out six improvements to their firing line-up with an eye on Thursday's Europa League elimination round first leg against Eintracht Frankfurt, a contest that offers them their most obvious opportunity with regards to coming to next prepare's Champions League.
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