JOAO FELIX finally got off the mark for Chelsea but it was not enough to stop them being held by West Ham.
He suffered a nightmare debut for Chelsea as he was red carded at Fulham and was subsequently issued a three-match ban.
However, the Portuguese ace was back in Graham Potter’s line-up for Saturday’s lunchtime clash with the Hammers.
And he needed less than 20 minutes to make an impact.
Felix had already had one disallowed for offside when he pounced again in the 16th minute – and this time it stood.
Britain’s most-expensive footballer Enzo Fernandez whipped in an inch-perfect ball towards the back post.
And Felix crept in through the defence to volley it past Lucasz Fabianski to officially get up-and-running for Graham Potter’s side.
VAR was once again called in to verify the strike, but this time it was all good as the officials gave it the green light.
However, West Ham were then celebrating just moments later as David Moyes’ side drew level.
Vladimir Coufal whipped in a great cross that was flicked on by Bowen.
The ball bounced past Michail Antonio, but ex-Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri was on hand to poke it home at the far post.
Emerson initially refused to celebrate against his old club – before then performing two different ones to perplex supporters.
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And that is how the score remained as both teams had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Full report to follow…
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