West Ham 0:1 Chelsea; Watch extended full highlights
Chelsea gave their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League a huge boost on Saturday evening as they recorded a 1-0 victory over 10-man West Ham United at the London Stadium.
Timo Werner scored the only goal of the contest in the English capital, and the win has seen fourth-placed Chelsea move three points clear of fifth-placed West Ham in the table.
It did appear that a largely uneventful first period would be ending goalless, with the visitors enjoying the better of the action without particularly threatening to make the breakthrough.
The Blues took the lead just before the interval, though, when an excellent low cross from Ben Chilwell was turned into the back of the net by Werner, who had been the best player on the pitch in the first half.
Werner had an excellent chance to score again early in the second period, but the Germany international fired wide of the post after Lukasz Fabianski had saved from Mason Mount.
West Ham did improve as the second half progressed, with Jesse Lingard coming close, but it was not to be for David Moyes’s side, who saw Fabian Balbuena sent off late on following a challenge on Chilwell.
Next up for Chelsea is a trip to Real Madrid for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night, while West Ham will resume their league campaign away to Burnley on May 3.