West Brom adorned their famous green and yellow away strip as they blitzed past Chelsea 5-2 on Saturday, and their likeness to a famous national side didn’t go unnoticed.
Stamford Bridge was the scene for an Albion masterclass as Sam Allardyce and his charges punished 10-man Chelsea through Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson braces, as well as a strike from Mbaye Diagne.
The Blues were 1-0 ahead when Thiago Silva was sent off on 29 minutes and the Baggies punished them in stunning fashion as they put on a show in West London.
It was a display at odds with their usual performances – it was full of vigour, determination and attacking flair, not something often associated with a side who were second-lowest scorers in the Premier League before Saturday.
Goals and flair are two traits often associated with the Brazil national team, another side synonymous with the colours of yellow and green.
This didn’t escape the attentions of Gary Lineker on BBC Match of the Day [03/03/21] who saved his special line for the close of the show.
“Well that’s it on the day the Baggies played like Brazil, Big Samba,” he said, before the cameras cut away.
Bright display all round
It really was a stunning attacking exhibition and we can forgive Lineker for his poor puns as we finally end Match of the Day on a good note.
We’re often left for the show’s conclusion as we play out a dull 0-0 draw or battle to a narrow 1-0 defeat but on Saturday we turned the programme on its head.
This time we were first up as our sensational attack dismantled Chelsea in front of disbelieving eyes.
The BBC pundits were left to eulogise our performance, while also taking aim at the home side for their defensive deficiencies.
But even after a host of other games Lineker couldn’t resist turning back to our match and ending on an Albion-related note.
It was good to finally be on the right side of a joke for once, rather than being the butt of them.
Big Sam proved he was no joke at Stamford Bridge as he masterminded a shock victory and if he can repeat his tricks a few more times then Lineker might have to dust off his joke book again.
In other West Brom news, Robbie Savage offers verdict on Albion survival chances after 5-2 win v Chelsea.