Substitute Danny Welbeck scored a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser for Brighton to disclaim Chelsea victory and deal a blow to their hopes of conserving walk with Manchester Metropolis on the high of the Premier League.
Chelsea regarded position to lunge three suggestions obvious of fellow title contenders Liverpool when Romelu Lukaku marked his first high-flight launch for 2 months by giving his aspect a lead, which they held till the 91st minute.
Brighton carved out 18 probabilities in total at Stamford Bridge however regarded position for disappointment outdated to Welbeck met Marc Cucurella’s chipped sinister.
On a adverse evening for Chelsea, they additionally lost defenders Reece James and Andreas Christensen to harm.
They head into 2022 2nd within the table – one point above third-placed Liverpool, who they face on Sunday at Stamford Bridge (16: 30 GMT).
But they lunge Manchester Metropolis by eight suggestions after Pep Guardiola’s aspect won 1-0 at Brentford.
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Chelsea blow it on the death
On what felt like a pivotal evening within the title bustle, Chelsea closed 2021 – a yr to endure in mind thanks to their Champions League triumph – on a disappointing masks.
The mood became upbeat when Lukaku scored for the 2nd successive sport.
After coming off the bench to encourage the Blues to victory at Aston Villa on Sunday, he marked his first league launch since 16 October with a busy performance capped by his first-half of header.
Yet Chelsea could per chance most definitely no longer salvage out for victory and possess now dropped 11 suggestions from their final eight league games, with three attracts in their final four matches.
One other bid for Tuchel could be the mounting accidents, with England defender James, who limped off within the first half of, and Denmark defender Christensen, who did no longer seem for the 2nd half of, becoming a member of the checklist of casualties.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (ankle) and Thiago Silva (hamstring) missed this sport along with Ben Chilwell, who’s to endure surgical procedure. As well, Timo Werner has no longer played since 11 December after checking out obvious for coronavirus, while N’Golo Kante came off the bench despite struggling a knee harm towards Villa.
With Chelsea facing six matches within the Premier League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup in January, they are able to ill come up with the cash for any extra absences amongst key avid gamers.
While the hunt for of Lukaku celebrating in entrance of Chelsea fans became magnificent for Tuchel, the German could per chance most definitely now be compelled to instruct to the switch window to develop obvious his aspect stays within the hunt for trophies.
Deserved point for combating Brighton
On 26 December, Brighton gave their fans a late Christmas recent by breaking their 12-match winless bustle in all competitions with a 2-0 victory over Brentford.
And their travelling supporters were delighted again after Welbeck’s equaliser – the first time Brighton possess scored at Stamford Bridge – sealed a completely deserved point.
It became Welbeck’s 2nd Premier League aim towards Chelsea, 11 years and 45 days since netting on his first appearance towards them within the competition in November 2010.
Brighton, who end the calendar yr 10th within the table, regarded position for disappointment as Adam Lallana, Yves Bissouma and Alexis Mac Allister were all denied by Edouard Mendy.
As well, Jakub Moder clipped the roof of Chelsea’s derive and Neal Maupay additionally went shut outdated to Welbeck scored in entrance of Brighton’s supporters.
It is their ninth appeal to 18 league games, and the Seagulls head into 2022 in assured mood and with 10 extra suggestions than they’d at this stage final season.
Participant of the match
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Squad quantity9Participant titleLukaku
Squad quantity19Participant titleMount
Squad quantity7Participant titleKanté
Squad quantity16Participant titleMendy
Squad quantity2Participant titleRüdiger
Squad quantity28Participant titleAzpilicueta
Squad quantity24Participant titleJames
Squad quantity4Participant titleChristensen
Squad quantity14Participant titleChalobah
Squad quantity10Participant titlePulisic
Squad quantity8Participant titleKovacic
Squad quantity20Participant titleHudson-Odoi
Squad quantity3Participant titleAlonso
Squad quantity5Participant titleJorginho
Brighton & Hove Albion
Squad quantity18Participant titleWelbeck
Squad quantity8Participant titleBissouma
Squad quantity3Participant titleCucurella
Squad quantity2Participant titleLamptey
Squad quantity14Participant titleLallana
Squad quantity20Participant titleMarch
Squad quantity33Participant titleBurn
Squad quantity34Participant titleVeltman
Squad quantity10Participant titleMac Allister
Squad quantity17Participant titleAlzate
Squad quantity1Participant titleSánchez
Squad quantity12Participant titleMwepu
Squad quantity15Participant titleModer
Squad quantity9Participant titleMaupay
- 4ChristensenSubstituted forChalobahat 45′minutes
- 2RüdigerBooked at 41mins
- 8KovacicBooked at 58mins
- 24JamesSubstituted forAlonsoat 27′minutes
- 19MountBooked at 81mins
- 20Hudson-OdoiBooked at 64minsSubstituted forKantéat 67′minutes
- 2LampteySubstituted forMwepuat 66′minutes
- 8BissoumaBooked at 81mins
- 15ModerSubstituted forAlzateat 88′minutes
- 10Mac AllisterSubstituted forWelbeckat 80′minutes
- Mike Dean
Dwell Textual dispute
Match ends, Chelsea 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Second Half ends, Chelsea 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Procedure! Chelsea 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Danny Welbeck (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the field to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc Cucurella with a sinister.
Joël Veltman (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick within the defensive half of.
Depraved by Mason Mount (Chelsea).
Depraved by Steven Alzate (Brighton and Hove Albion).
N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) wins a free kick within the defensive half of.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Steven Alzate replaces Jakub Moder.
Strive missed. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) magnificent footed shot from outdoor the field misses to the left following a corner.
Nook, Chelsea. Conceded by Dan Burn.
Strive missed. N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) magnificent footed shot from the magnificent aspect of the field misses to the left. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.
Strive missed. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the field misses to the left.
Strive blocked. Joël Veltman (Brighton and Hove Albion) magnificent footed shot from outdoor the field is blocked. Assisted by Yves Bissouma.
Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.
Mason Mount (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.
Offside, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta tries a by ball, however Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Danny Welbeck replaces Alexis Mac Allister.
Nook, Chelsea. Conceded by Marc Cucurella.
Strive blocked. Mason Mount (Chelsea) left footed shot from outdoor the field is blocked.
Strive saved. Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea) header from the centre of the field is saved within the high centre of the aim. Assisted by Mason Mount with a sinister.
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