A late nod from Danny Welbeck saw that Brighton took a late point against Chelsea on Wednesday, which gave the Blues a big blow in the title race.
Both sides had their chances early. Romelu Lukaku did attempt a finish, but from an awkward position, sending the ball into the away fans.
Robert Sanchez almost gave Chelsea a lead shortly after, he failed to take a corner and watched as Cesar Azpilicueta’s scraping effort came back from the post, but it was a sign that there would be a new corner gave Thomas Tuchel’s men a goal before the half. -hours.
Romelu Lukaku rose to the top to get past Sanchez, and once VAR was convinced that the Belgian had not fouled Neal Maupay, the goal was given.
Brighton responded well and attacked Chelsea with speed. Alexis Mac Allister and Adam Lallana both saw good chances blocked as the Blues bravely defended their lead on the way into the interval.
Graham Potter’s men started the second half on top, with Yves Bissouma’s thunderous drive from distance pulling a fine save from Edouard Mendy, and the Seagulls got many half chances to get back into the game. Chelsea had to hang on sometimes, so on came N’Golo Kante.
Kante’s start calmed things down a bit and Chelsea grew back into the match, but Brighton continued to threaten at the other end and put up a nervous last minutes.
Lukaku saw a shot from close range excellently deflected by the superb Joel Veltman, but it was Brighton who had the last laugh when Danny Welbeck rose to the top to strike home an equalizer in stoppage time to earn a well-deserved point for the Seagulls.
Rudiger was everywhere / Shaun Botterill / GettyImages
Edouard Mendy (GK) – 7/10 – Did well in his 50th Premier League appearances. Nothing too tricky but handled everything well.
Cesar Azpilicueta (CB) – 5/10 – Looked shaky. Not the best way to celebrate your 450th appearance for the club.
Andreas Christensen (CB) – 6/10 – Got a bang early but managed to keep Brighton’s striker away before jumping off at the break.
Antonio Rudiger (CB) – 8/10 – Everywhere on the back. Demonstrated pace, strength and positioning to prevent Brighton time and time again.
James was forced by early / Shaun Botterill / GettyImages
Christian Pulisic (RM) – 5/10 – Seemed wasted on the outfield, but did not always make the right choice going forward. Held his own at the back.
Mateo Kovacic (CM) – 5/10 – A strange one. Got possession a number of times and offered a lot of pressure, but pulled off some great passes to keep Chelsea ahead. Everyone balances out.
Jorginho (CM) – 5/10 – Saw his defensive weaknesses revealed a little too often and did not do well enough on the ball.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (AM) – 4/10 – Really overwhelming in the last third and fluffed in a perfect two-on-one chance early in the second half.
Mason Mount (AM) – 5/10 – Pressed well but did not do enough on the ball.
Reece James (LM) – 5/10 – Uncomfortable left before being forced off injured after 15 minutes.
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Romelu Lukaku (ST) – 7/10 – Dominant in the attack and took his goal with solid class. Isolated at times but constantly asked questions about Brighton’s backline.
Alonso replaced James / Justin Setterfield / GettyImages
Marcos Alonso (LM) – 4/10 – Really careless in ball possession and forgot how to control a ball.
Trevoh Chalobah (CB) – 8/10 – Tossed himself over everything in the second half. A really impressive performance.
N’Golo Kante (CM) – 6/10 – Calmed everything down immediately.
Veltman did very well / Justin Setterfield / GettyImages
Robert Sanchez (GK) – 5/10 – Not convincing in the air and lucky not to give away a goal early.
Joel Veltman (CB) – 8/10 – Impressed on the hill with an outstanding late block on Lukaku and played some wonderful passes forward. Top performance.
Dan Burn (CB) – 6/10 – Did not always enjoy his fight with Lukaku but did pretty well, all things considered.
Marc Cucurella (CB) – 7/10 – Really nice forward and his pace was too much for Hudson-Odoi. The Chelsea man kept quiet.
Bissouma was really impressive / Justin Setterfield / GettyImages
Tariq Lamptey (RM) – 6/10 – Some brilliant runs from the depths before being pulled back in the last 25 minutes.
Yves Bissouma (CM) – 8/10 – Drove the show for Brighton. A dominant force in the midfield and did great to bring the ball forward.
Adam Lallana (CM) – 6/10 – Did really well in midfield but lost all ability when he came into the box. Somewhat deplorable ending.
Jakub Moder (AM) – 6/10 – Similar to Lallana. A little nice build-up game but a little wasteful in front of goal.
Alexis Mac Allister (AM) – 8/10 – Caused all sorts of problems for Chelsea’s back line and would have scored if it had not been for an excellent defense from Rudiger.
Solly March (LM) – 6/10 – Nice and decent. Did his job well at both ends of the field. The most 6/10 performance you will ever see.
Maupay Did Not Do Enough / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages
Neal Maupay (ST) – 5/10 – Poor defense for Lukaku’s opener and dismissed some decent chances to equalize.
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Enock Mwepu (CM) – 6/10 – A physical presence in midfield but his introduction in Lamptey’s place seemed to slow down the game.
Danny Welbeck (AM) – 7/10 – A really impressive header to save the day.
Steven Alzate (CM) – N / A
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