Ramires' Dive in Stoppage Time Helps Chelsea Avoid Historic Defeat vs. West Brom

Chelsea dive

West Brom was seconds away from handing Chelsea its first-ever Premier League loss at Stamford Bridge under the watch of manager Jose Mourinho. Of course referee Andre Marriner had to screw it all up, awarding the Blues a penalty kick in the 94th minute when Steven Reid bumped into Ramires inside the box.

It was, no matter how you look at it, a very suspect call at that point in the match. Sure there was a little contact, but Ramires went over like a leaf in a the breeze and won the penalty. Cue the boos and hisses.

Eden Hazard converted from the spot to make it finish 2-2, giving everyone yet another reason to loathe Chelsea.

Chelsea PK

Remarkably Chelsea has never dropped a home game in Premier League play under Jose Mourinho in 66 matches. Credit the bailout call by Marriner for keeping the run intact because for most of the game the Blues looked like they were playing at half speed and expected to win simply by virtue of throwing their boots on the field.

It would appear the headline writers on ESPN’s mobile site thought the game was over, too.

The reaction of injured West Brom keeper Ben Foster on Twitter sums it up best:

Stéphane Sessègnon had put West Brom ahead 2-1 in the 68th minute, but alas, soccer like life isn’t fair.

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