Hernandez Strikes To Deny Chelsea  (Sky Sports)

Chelsea 1 West Ham United 1

Javier HernandezJavier Hernandez's second-half strike cancelled out Cesar Azpilicueta's opener as West Ham secure a valuable point with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea, who paid heartfelt tribute to their late captain Ray Wilkins before and during the game, dominated the opening 45 minutes and were deservedly ahead when Azpilicueta tapped home from close range in the 36th minute.

Antonio Conte's side's dominance continued after the break but the second goal never came as West Ham stayed in the game, and they were rewarded when substitute Hernandez (73) snatched a point for the visitors.

The draw sees David Moyes' side move six points clear of the relegation zone, while Chelsea are 10 points behind Tottenham in the race for fourth with six games remaining.

On what was an emotional afternoon at Stamford Bridge, Wilkins was remembered ahead of kick-off with a minute of applause as a seat in the dugout was draped in his No 8 shirt. Wilkins' name rang around the ground once again in the eighth minute with both sets of fans singing the Chelsea legend's name.

After a quiet opening, Chelsea had the ball in the back of the net in the 25th minute but Alvaro Morata was correctly flagged for offside after being played in by Eden Hazard.

Player ratings

Chelsea: Courtois (7), Rudiger (7), Alonso (6), Moses (6), Cahill (5), Azpilicueta (7), Fabregas (6), Kante (7), Hazard (6), Willian (7), Morata (6).

Subs: Pedro (5), Giroud (6), Emerson (6).

West Ham: Hart (9), Cresswell (6), Rice (7), Ogbonna (7), Zabaleta (7), Kouyate (6), Noble (7), Masuaku (6), Fernandes (6), Joao Mario (6), Arnautovic (8).

Subs: Hernandez (8), Evra (6).

Man of the match: Joe Hart

Morata's flick then drifted wide of the far post after yet more good work from Hazard before Willian fired inches wide from the edge of the penalty area, and the Brazil international was in again in the 35th minute after yet more sensational passing from Chelsea but Joe Hart raced off his line to make a brilliant block.

Chelsea' dominance eventually told from the resultant corner and West Ham switched off as Morata headed Victor Moses' cross back into the danger area where Azpilicueta was there tap home from inside the six-yard box.

Chelsea went in search for a second after the break and Willian had an immediate chance to double the hosts' advantage but his shot fizzed past the far post.

Conte's side thought they had their second when Morata swept home Willian's cross, but again the offside flag was up to deny the Spain striker before Moses curled wide of the upright.

They were punished midway through the second-half as Gary Cahill's poor defensive header fell to Marko Arnautovic and his cut back picked out Hernandez, who produced a sweet strike from just inside the area to beat Thibaut Courtois.

In a frantic final 10 minutes, Hart had to be at his best to produce two saves to deny Marcos Alonso and Olivier Giroud, while West Ham thought they should have had a penalty as N'Golo Kante's last-ditch tackle sent Arnautovic to the floor, but referee Kevin Friend remained unmoved.

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Chelsea failed to win a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge under Conte in which they led at half-time for the first time, having won all 18 of their previous games under the Italian when ahead at the interval.

West Ham avoided defeat in an away Premier League game against the reigning champions for only the third time, beating Man Utd in 2001-02 and drawing 2-2 with Chelsea in 2015-16.

Azpilicueta scored his fifth Premier League goal for Chelsea in his 191st appearance - all five of his goals have been against sides beginning with W (two against Watford, two against West Brom and one against West Ham).

Morata assisted Azpilicueta's goal, the seventh time the two have combined in the Premier League this season - no two players have combined for more goals this campaign.

Hernandez has scored four of his 16 Premier League goals as a substitute against Chelsea - only one player in Premier League history has scored more sub goals against an opponent, with Julian Joachim scoring five against Derby County. This was the fourth time Hernandez has appeared as a substitute at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League and the Mexican has found the net in all four of those games (four goals).

What's next?

Chelsea are back in Premier League action next Saturday when they travel to St Mary's to face Southampton, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 11.30am.

West Ham are also live on Sky Sports Premier League next weekend when they host Stoke City at the London Stadium on Monday Night Football (April 16 - from 7pm).

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Chelsea Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses (Pedro 78), Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Willian, Hazard, Morata (Giroud 78)
Subs Not Used Caballero, Christensen, Emerson, Bakayoko, Drinkwater
Goals Azpilicueta 36

West Ham United Hart, Zabaleta, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell (Evra 64), Masuaku, Kouyate, Noble (c), Fernandes (Hernandez 73), Mario (Cullen 85), Arnautovic
Subs Not Used Adrian, Hugill, Pask, Diangana
Booked Noble
Goals Hernandez 73

Attendance 41,324

Referee Kevin Friend

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