But it was entirely fitting, therefore, that an Englishman should steal the show.
Three times before at Stamford Bridge Javier Hernandez had been used as a substitute and the Mexican had scored on each occasion.
"Now we have another final next week, against another relegation-threatened team in Stoke".
He said: "Joe is having a bit of a sticky period, an inconsistent period at this moment in time, but he has got bundles of experience". With the West Ham defenders fearfully backed off, the Belgian danced through the middle of the pitch and pulled the trigger, only for his low drive to flash inches wide of the post.
Southampton's defeat kept them in the bottom three, three points behind Crystal Palace but with a game in hand.
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"We did well in the first half apart from the goal which was really poor", Hart told Sky Sports. "I'm not sure it's going to add to our game, but it's not up to me". Even before today's draw it seemed unlikely Chelsea will qualify for next season's Champions League.
The Spanish striker saw his second effort of the game ruled out for offside on the hour after tapping in Willian's cross, while Victor Moses drilled a fierce strike past Hart's charmed goal.
Marko Arnautovic had squandered a chance to level But Javier Chicarito's equaliser with 17 minutes to go ensured a tangible reward for the Hammers' defensive solidity.
Antonio Conte felt Chelsea's 1-1 draw with West Ham summed up their frustrating season.
Morata was heavily involved in the attack with Eden Hazard and Willian, and Chelsea combined for a total of 23 shots.
Then, the bolt from the claret and blue.
However, this accusation can not be levelled at West Ham's defenders, whose dogged resistance - apart from one sloppy moment following a Chelsea corner for the opening goal - kept the Blues at arm's length for most of the contest. The talented 19-year-old has become a key man in the Hammers first team and he also made his senior worldwide debut, against Turkey last month.
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2 die when van runs into crowd in Germany; driver kills himself
Armin Laschet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state, where Muenster is located, visited the crash scene on Sunday. A police spokeswoman said: "The danger is over". "Unbelievable that something like this could happen in Muenster".
Job growth slows to a six-month low in March
But retail businesses shed 4,000 jobs and construction companies lost 15,000 workers after going on a hiring spree in February. Excluding the addition of 1,000 workers from government payrolls, the private sector added just 102,000 for March.