West Ham missed out on a draw that would have been a new blot on Chelsea's record at this stage of the season. The Blues and Hammers met in the 34th round of the Premier League and Thomas Tuchel's side won the match in a dramatic finish.
As it turned out, everything, or at least almost everything important, happened late in the match. A penalty by Dawson in the 84th minute triggered the mess. He was sent off after bringing down Lukaku in the area of teammate Fabianski, who saved Jorginho's challenge from the spot.
The Polish goalkeeper made a number of fine saves, notably one from N'golo Kanté and another from Timo Werner, as well as saving Jorginho's penalty. The Italian missed the chance to score after Dawson brought down Lukaku when he was left alone one-on-one. The VAR reviewed the play and sent off the center-back.
Pulisic as the hero
Pained by the failure of one of their great leaders but aware of the numerical inferiority of their opponents, the Stamford Bridge side came out on top and laid siege to the opposition box in what little remained of the game. As a result, the group reaped the rewards in a good ball from Marcos Alonso into the box that was picked out by Pulisic.
The American, who did not complicate things and scored with a low finish, unleashed ecstasy in the stands, which feared another bad result like the defeat against Arsenal. Another defeat would have seriously jeopardized the third place that, for the moment, the team is holding on to, with the Gunners on their heels and in good shape.
The win allows Thomas Tuchel's side to bounce back from their midweek defeat against Arsenal and pull away from the Gunners, who are five points behind in third place. West Ham are seventh with 52 points, eight points behind the Champions League and three ahead of eighth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers.