April 8, 2018 / 5:30 PM / 3 months ago

Soccer-Hernandez earns West Ham a valuable point at Chelsea

* West Ham fought back to earn a crucial 1-1 draw at Chelsea

* Javier Hernandez came off the bench to equalise

* The Hammers moved six points clear of the relegation places

* Chelsea were left 10 points behind the top four

* Cesar Azpilicueta poked home to put Chelsea ahead

* Alvaro Morata was twice denied goals by narrow offside decisions

* West Ham offered little threat until Hernandez equalised

* Chelsea at Southampton next; West Ham at home to Stoke

CHELSEA 1 WEST HAM UNITED 1

LONDON, April 8 (Reuters)- Substitute Javier Hernandez stole an equaliser to earn West Ham United an unlikely point in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Chelsea had dominated the London derby for 73 minutes, leading for almost half that time after Cesar Azpilicueta poked home in following a short corner.

Their Spanish striker Alvaro Morata also had the ball in the net twice but was narrowly offside each time.

West Ham, who had been much improved in beating Southampton 3-0 a week ago, offered little until Hernandez’s intervention soon after coming on.

There was an emotional tribute before the game, and after eight minutes of play, to Ray Wilkins, the former Chelsea captain and assistant manager, who died in midweek. (Reporting by Steve Tongue Editing by Ian Chadband)

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