Jose Mourinho oversaw a preservation of his unblemished Stamford Bridge record due to a late, but highly controversial, penalty.
West Bromwich Albion were effectively robbed of another stunning away victory as, five matchdays on from their upset victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, they came unstuck at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea due to a 'shocking' penalty decision, duly converted, which saw the Blues come back to claim a point with the game finishing 2-2.
In what was the final minute of stoppage time, Brom player Steven Reid 'innocuously' (to borrow a word from a BBC report) came together with Ramires in a soft collision. There was no foot challenge for the ball, rather, the player's were shoulder-to-shoulder.
However, referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot, Eden Hazard scored the penalty and Chelsea escaped with a draw, preserving Jose Mourinho's home record at Stamford Bridge to 100 without defeat.
On the decision, Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer stated: 'This was a shocking decision. There was no way… ever… that this was a penalty. He [Ramires] goes down to easily. He's looking for it and it's the last minute. And just watch Steven, he doesn't move away at all, his arms not up and he doesn't trip him. Ramires runs into him! It's a terrible decision!'
Michael Owen echoed: 'It's a poor decision for me, it's a fall more than a dive. He's looking for it and he obviously gets it.'
Arsenal fan Piers Morgan even moved to declare Ramires a 'cheat' on his social media network.
Ramires is a flaming cheat, and Mourinho is shockingly deluded. Classy stuff, Chelsea. #MOTD— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 9, 2013
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