Chelsea vs. Brighton & Hove Albion – Football Match Report – December 29, 2021
Forward Danny Welbeck scored a last-minute equalizer as Brighton & Hove Albion held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Forward Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the 28th minute with a powerful header from a corner, but Welbeck came off the bench late and scored to save a point for manager Graham Potter’s side.
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The draw propelled Chelsea to second place in the Premier League table with 42 points, one more than Liverpool who are one game short and eight points behind leaders Manchester City. Chelsea are set to face Liverpool and Man City in the first two weeks of January.
Brighton is in 10th place with 24 points.
Lukaku, who first scored in September in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, signaled his side to take the lead when the 28-year-old connected with the midfielder Mason Mount at the near post, sending him powerfully past opposing goalkeeper Robert Sanchez. The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) took a long look at whether Lukaku’s back arm fouled Brighton striker Neal Maupay as he walked towards the ball, but the goal was awarded.
The home side claimed a penalty shortly after half-time when winger Christian Pulisic felt for the ball but not before being put out in the box, although the complaints were dismissed after a VAR review.
Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi wasted a glorious chance to double his side’s lead in the 55th minute when he fled on the counterattack with just one defender and keeper to beat, but the 21-year-old failed to find Mount with his last pass. .
Brighton almost made Chelsea pay moments later when midfielder Alexis Mac Allister recovered a ball deep and took the ball wide around goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, but Maupay was unable to strike at home when he prepared for the arrival.
Brighton kept pushing and they were rewarded in stoppage time as Welbeck came home from a corner. The goal was the first the club have ever scored at Stamford Bridge.
Compounding Chelsea’s problems, Chelsea winger Reece James limped in the first half and fellow defender Andreas Christensen also needed treatment and was replaced by Chalobah at the break.
“We just have too many players that we don’t know what we can demand,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel told reporters after seeing his side draw 1-1 for the fourth time in five home league matches.
“We have seven COVID cases, we have four or five players absent for six weeks,” said the German when asked about Chelsea’s chances of winning the championship. âWhy should we be in a title race? “
James suffered a hamstring injury while Christensen left with a back problem, he said.
Potter praised his Brighton players for pushing to the end to get the point.
âI thought it was a fantastic performance from really brave and quality players,â Potter said.