Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s shocking overhead kick stole Brighton a 1-1 Premier League draw with Chelsea on the Amex Stadium.
The Iran striker’s acrobatic end punished Frank Lampard’s wasteful Chelsea who wound up lucky to keep away from defeat, with Kepa Arrizabalaga denying Neal Maupay past due on.
Albion’s report signing Jahanbakhsh had damaged a 20-match league duck together with his strike within the 2-Zero win over Bournemouth on December 28. And the 28-year-old began 2020 in some taste, with a bicycle kick end worthy of any individual’s highlights reel.
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta tapped house simply 9 mins in as Chelsea ruled the hole hour. However through the general whistle it used to be the Blues who have been clinging on, to go away Brighton buoyed by the time however Chelsea pissed off to not grind house.
Christian Pulisic will have a look at 3 wasted openings that in the long run stopped the Blues cementing their dominance, denying Lampard’s facet any other quickfire away victory after Sunday’s 2-1 win at Arsenal.
Azpilicueta did the honours with the 1st Premier League objective of 2020, tapping in a facile end from a nook following a goalmouth scramble.
The 30-year-old toasted his 100th get started as Blues captain in taste and Chelsea seized on their early opener to squeeze themselves into overall keep watch over.
N’Golo Kante and Jorginho no longer best stored Brighton at bay but additionally exploited the bottom of midfield because the pivot level for the guests’ measured attacking play.
So tight used to be Chelsea’s early grip that Brighton have been lowered to only a deflected effort from Steven Alzate and a whipped shot from Leandro Trossard, that Kepa palmed away theatrically.
A sprightly Pulisic dragged vast from a well-worked and promising place, and the United States ahead would have anticipated to hit the objective.
The Blues grew to become round a long way the happier of their 1-Zero merit, however may just most likely have expected boss Lampard firing a caution shot in opposition to complacency.
Yves Bissouma most likely easiest summed up Chelsea’s dominance with a weary shrug of the shoulders after the final of many mini run-arounds from Jorginho.
The Albion struggler used to be taken off on the smash with Aaron Connolly directly to stiffen the house midfield, however after the period Chelsea nonetheless picked up the place that they had left off.
Pulisic had tormented Martin Montoya right through the first-half and prolonged the Brighton guy’s torrid time through outfoxing him two times in fast succession after the smash.
Chelsea’s USA ahead failed to search out the objective on each events on the other hand, with the Blues’ overlooked probabilities beginning to mount.
The guests survived Jorginho being mugged through Maupay in his personal half of in an extraordinary error from the Italy midfielder.
Pulisic drew a save from Mathew Ryan after a scything ball from Willian, however that proved his final act of the day as Callum Hudson-Odoi climbed off the bench so as to add ultimate quarter impetus.
Mateo Kovacic then changed Mason Mount in a defensive transfer from Lampard aimed toward shutting the competition down.
Brighton in the end sensed Chelsea’s disquiet and Connolly virtually fired an equaliser, just for Kepa to supply a wonderful point-blank save.
Kovacic had conceded the free-kick for Connolly’s probability, after which made any other affordable and dangerous foul inside of taking pictures vary.
Trossard wasted the chance handy each Kovacic and Chelsea a significant let-off.
The Blues not noted the entire caution indicators although, and paid the cost when Jahanbakhsh pulled off a wonderful bicycle kick to volley Brighton degree.
A floundering Chelsea virtually threw the sport away fully on the demise, as Maupay used to be thwarted through any other just right Kepa save.
However the guests hung on amid the onslaught, for some extent to not be sniffed at however fully two that they dropped.
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