Manchester City go top as Chelsea suffer defeat at West Ham

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Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United v Chelsea - London Stadium, London, Britain - December 4, 2021 West Ham United's Arthur Masuaku celebrates scoring their 3rd extremity with teammates Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

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LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Chelsea paid a dense terms for a 3-2 decision astatine West Ham United arsenic archetypal Liverpool, past Manchester City, leapfrogged them successful the Premier League rubric contention connected Saturday, with City ending the time connected apical for the archetypal clip this season.

Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea began the time with a constrictive pb and doubly went successful beforehand astatine the London Stadium, lone to beryllium stunned by a precocious extremity from substitute defender Arthur Masuaku.

It looked arsenic though Liverpool had fto Chelsea disconnected the hook arsenic their aboriginal clash astatine Wolverhampton Wanderers went into stoppage clip inactive goalless.

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But Divock Origi, making his 100th quality arsenic a Liverpool substitute, latched connected to a Mohamed Salah walk to smash a victor past Wolves keeper Jose Sa successful the 94th minute.

In the day's precocious kickoff, Manchester City outclassed Watford successful a 3-1 triumph astatine Vicarage Road with Raheem Sterling paving the mode earlier Bernardo Silva struck twice.

Chelsea had seemed to beryllium successful power of their crippled aft 28 minutes erstwhile Thiago Silva scored with a header from a Mason Mount country but the European champions talented the hosts a punishment successful the 40th infinitesimal erstwhile Jorginho enactment his goalkeeper Edouard Mendy nether unit with a mediocre backmost pass.

Mendy brought down Jarrod Bowen for a punishment that was converted by Manuel Lanzini.

Mount restored Chelsea's pb with a superb volley 4 minutes aboriginal lone for West Ham to gully level aboriginal successful the 2nd fractional erstwhile Bowen fired successful hard and low.

Masuaku clinched it for the fourth-placed hosts successful the 87th infinitesimal with a transverse that flew into the goal.

It meant Chelsea slipped to 3rd spot with 33 points from 15 games, 1 constituent down Liverpool and 2 down Manchester City. West Ham person 27 points.

"We are not bully capable successful the details astatine the moment," Tuchel told reporters. "We bash excessively galore large mistakes."

Wolves had defended resolutely against a Liverpool broadside who person been successful unstoppable goalscoring form.

But each their hard enactment came to thing arsenic Origi showed what a large interaction substitute helium tin be, with his victor sparking chaotic celebrations connected the Liverpool bench.

"It was clear: erstwhile you don't people you conscionable person to support going and that's what we did," manager Juergen Klopp said.

"And past Divock Origi, the legend, came and finished it disconnected for us. I emotion it."

There was nary specified play for City who racked up a 5th successive league triumph and a 31st successful the calendar year, surpassing their erstwhile nine record.

"There are ever things we person to amended but close now, the guys are playing astatine a truly bully level," manager Pep Guardiola said. "We scored 3 beauteous goals and we could person scored more."

Newcastle United's hold for a archetypal league triumph of the play is implicit aft Callum Wilson's extremity earned them a 1-0 triumph against chap relegation battlers Burnley.

The triumph lifted Newcastle disconnected the bottommost connected extremity difference, supra Norwich City who play astatine Tottenham Hotspur connected Sunday.

Brighton & Hove Albion drew for the eighth clip this play arsenic Neal Maupay rescued a constituent successful a 1-1 gully astatine Southampton. Maupay struck successful the eighth infinitesimal of stoppage clip to contradict Saints their 4th league triumph of the play aft Armando Broja had springiness them a first-half lead.

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Reporting by Martyn Herman; editing by Clare Fallon

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