Chelsea secured their first win of the Premier League season with a 2-3 win over West Brom.
The champions suffered in the first twenty minutes of the game, during which the Baggies dominated, and indeed missed a penalty after 14 minutes. Nemanja Matic brought down the lively Callum McManaman, but James Morrison could only shoot straight at Thibaut Courtois.
But the game soon changed when, after combining with Eden Hazard on the she of the box, Pedro struck his first goal in a Chelsea shirt, despite the shot taking a deflection.
From that moment on Jose Mourinho’s side dominated, and the Blues doubled their lead soon after. Cesar Azpilicueta set Willian away, and after an excellent pass to Pedro, the ex-Barcelona striker tried to shoot. The ball ran across the face of goal to Diego Costa, who made no mistake in scoring his first goal this season.
With the visitors cruising, after six James Morrison pulled one back for the Baggies with a great shot after a superb acrobatic assist by Salomon Rondon.
But, Chelsea’s reacted and two minutes before half time, Azpilicueta scored to make it 1-3 after latching on to a loose ball.
Despite the game seemingly being under control, ten minutes into the second half, Chelsea captain John Terry was sent off for a second yellow card.
Mourinho replaced Willian with Gary Cahill, but with ten men Chelsea started to feel the pressure, as West Brom became more confident. Just two minute after Terry left the pitch, Morrison bagged his second goal with a wonderful header.
Chelsea became more defensive, trying to exploit Hazard, Pedro and Diego Costa’s qualities on the counter attack.
Both Costa and McManaman missed chances as the game drew to a close, as well as Radamel Falcao, who replaced Costa late on.
However, the Blues held on to seal their first win this season.