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Brighton 1-1 Chelsea: Jahanbakhsh's stunning effort earns Seagulls point

Alireza Jahanbakhsh
Alireza Jahanbakhsh has scored two goals in his last two games for Brighton, having failed to find the net in his first 26 for the club in all competitions

Alireza Jahanbakhsh said he has started 2020 "in the best way possible" after his spectacular overhead kick earned Brighton an unlikely point against Chelsea at the Amex Stadium.

The Iranian substitute, who scored his first goal for the club on Saturday, brought the home support to their feet in the 84th minute with an early contender for goal of the month.

"When I was about to go on, I had a feeling I could have an impact on the game," he told Match of the Day.

"When I saw the ball, I just tried to hit it as hard as I could and the bicycle kick was the only option. I'm going to watch it a couple more times.

"It has been a really tough time for me. I have been training well and working hard to get my chance. Luckily, it has gone the way I wanted.

"2019 didn't go as well as I wanted. I tried to end the year as well as I could and I've started 2020 in the best way possible."

Cesar Azpilicueta gave the Blues the lead with his third goal of the season when he fired in from close range after Tammy Abraham's shot was blocked by Aaron Mooy.

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'Courage, effort & quality' - Potter on Brighton draw

Brighton's attacking threat was largely nullified by Chelsea's defence, although aside from the goals they produced the clearest chances - both thwarted by the brilliance of keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Spaniard produced a one-handed stop to deny Aaron Connolly and then saved Neal Maupay's low drive with his feet.

The point extends fourth-placed Chelsea's advantage over Manchester United in fifth to five points before the latter's visit to Arsenal. Brighton are 14th, above Burnley on goal difference.

Big blow for Lampard's side

Cesar Azpilicueta
Cesar Azpilicueta has scored three goals in his past 11 games in all competitions, as many as in his previous 118

This result is another setback for Frank Lampard and his side, who looked assured of an eighth league win on the road this season.

Prior to Jahanbakhsh's goal his defence had suffocated Brighton's attack.

Having been accused of being sloppy at times this season, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Reece James and skipper Azpilicueta were at their dogged best - rarely allowing an opposition ball to find its way into the six-yard area.

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Youth graduate James shone the brightest, and manager Lampard has a potential diamond. Aside from providing support for his centre-backs, the 20-year-old was exceptional as an attacking force down the right.

Brighton's Dan Burn will not want to face him too soon having left the pitch with a fractured collarbone in the 22nd minute following a collision with the England Under-21 player.

The Blues, however, were as poor as Brighton in attack, and keeper Mat Ryan had less to do than his opposite number. The only time he was called into action in the second half was to make a routine low save from Christian Pulisic.

Jahanbakhsh steals the headlines again

Tears of joy to a look a disbelief - what a week it has been for Jahanbakhsh.

A lack of first-team opportunities had frustrated the Iranian since he made a £17m move from AZ Alkmaar in July 2018, so the outpouring of emotion when he opened his Brighton account against Bournemouth last weekend came as no surprise.

Manager Graham Potter did not reward the 26-year-old winger with another start, but having watched his other attackers fail to make much of a dent in the Chelsea defence he threw on Jahanbakhsh in the 68th minute.

Connolly came close to beating Arrizabalaga with a low drive before Jahanbakhsh tried the more unconventional method and, with his back to goal, he found the Chelsea bottom right with a superb acrobatic effort.

Man of the match - Reece James (Chelsea)

Reece James
Reece James (left) regained possession 11 times - more than any other player from his side

'Lack of consistency is a concern' - reaction

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: "It was frustrating for different reasons.

"In the first half, the game was there to be won. We weren't ruthless enough. We got the goal and we had the possession, but we just didn't kill the game off.

"We allowed them to stay in the game. In the end it was a wonder goal but we were lucky not to lose the game.

"In the end, the tactics matched up for both teams but they were better than us. We have to take that on the chin.

"[The lack of consistency] is a concern. It's something we absolutely have to look at.

"We have to look at the game today. It's a point, but I'm not happy with the performance."

Brighton manager Graham Potter: "I thought our play was really brave and we got our reward.

"Everyone is delighted for Jahanbakhsh. He's worked so hard and waited so long, and to have his freshness off the bench was the thinking and he popped up with a great strike.

"He's had to be patient, but he's got qualities and he's getting his reward.

"I'm really proud of the performance. We need to carry that forward and get some more points."

Brighton's super subs - the stats

  • Brighton earned their first ever point in a league game against Chelsea in what was their 10th match against them.
  • This was Chelsea's first away Premier League draw this season - the Blues had won seven and lost three of their 10 previous games on the road this term.
  • Chelsea have scored more goals in 11 Premier League away games this season (25) than they managed on the road in the whole of 2018-19 (24).
  • Azpilicueta has scored three goals in his last 11 games in all competitions for Chelsea, as many as he had in his previous 118.
  • Jahanbakhsh became the fifth different Brighton player to score a Premier League goal as a substitute this season, more than any other side in the competition.
  • Despite only coming on as a 68th-minute substitute, no Brighton player had more shots (three) or created more chances (three) than goalscorer Jahanbakhsh.

What's next?

Brighton are at home to Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup on Saturday (15:01 GMT) and the following day Chelsea host Nottingham Forest in the competition (14:01 GMT).

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 22Montoya
  • 15Webster
  • 5DunkBooked at 71mins
  • 33BurnSubstituted forBernardoat 22'minutes
  • 24Pröpper
  • 46Alzate
  • 8BissoumaSubstituted forConnollyat 45'minutes
  • 18MooySubstituted forJahanbakhshat 68'minutes
  • 7MaupayBooked at 90mins
  • 11Trossard

Substitutes

  • 4Duffy
  • 6Stephens
  • 13Groß
  • 16Jahanbakhsh
  • 27Button
  • 30Bernardo
  • 44Connolly

Chelsea

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 24JamesBooked at 90mins
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 15ZoumaBooked at 69mins
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 7Kanté
  • 5Jorginho
  • 19MountSubstituted forKovacicat 73'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 10Willian
  • 9Abraham
  • 22PulisicSubstituted forHudson-Odoiat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Christensen
  • 13Caballero
  • 17Kovacic
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 33Emerson
  • 48Lamptey
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
30,559

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home16
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Chelsea 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Chelsea 1.

Attempt saved. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Reece James (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Reece James (Chelsea).

Leandro Trossard (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea).

Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta tries a through ball, but Tammy Abraham is caught offside.

Booking

Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leandro Trossard.

Attempt blocked. Steven Alzate (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Attempt missed. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Tammy Abraham.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Chelsea 1. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Dunk with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Kurt Zouma.

Booking

Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea).

Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Attempt missed. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leandro Trossard with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea).

Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

Attempt missed. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leandro Trossard.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Mateo Kovacic replaces Mason Mount.

Booking

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt blocked. Steven Alzate (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Booking

Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kurt Zouma (Chelsea).

Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Alireza Jahanbakhsh replaces Aaron Mooy.

Offside, Chelsea. Willian tries a through ball, but Tammy Abraham is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by N'Golo Kanté.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Callum Hudson-Odoi replaces Christian Pulisic.

Attempt blocked. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Steven Alzate.

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As It Stood

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2Leicester21143446192745
3Man City21142556243244
4Chelsea2111373629736
5Man Utd218763225731
6Tottenham218673630630
7Wolves217953027330
8Sheff Utd207852319429
9Crystal Palace217771923-428
10Arsenal216962830-227
11Everton2174102432-825
12Southampton2174102538-1325
13Newcastle2174102033-1325
14Brighton216692529-424
15Burnley2173112434-1024
16West Ham2064102532-722
17Aston Villa2163122737-1021
18Bournemouth2155112032-1220
19Watford2147101734-1719
20Norwich2135132241-1914
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