Jahanbakhsh bicycle kick sees Chelsea draw at Brighton on New Year's Day
A superb bicycle kick from substitute Iranian international Alireza Jahanbakhsh ensured the spoils were shared at the Amex Stadium when Brighton and Hove Albion hosted Frank Lampard’s Chelsea on Wednesday.
Lampard had come into this clash full of praise for how he tweaked his tactics during his team’s win at Arsenal and was hoping to keep up the pace with third-placed Manchester City.
However, this was not to be.
César Azpilicueta put Chelsea 1-0 up 10 minutes after kickoff following Mason Mount’s corner kick which the Seagulls struggled to clear. Abraham’s shot at goal was blocked by Aaron Mooy but Azpilicueta quickly blasted in into the back of the net to put the Blues ahead.
Brighton’s Dan Burn had to be taken off after just 22 minutes following clash with Reece James. Burn fell arkwardly on his shoulder and required treatment, making his substitution take a lengthy delay. Bernardo came in for the injured Burn to continue a half that saw Chelsea shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga make a fine save three minutes to the break to deny Leandro Trossard from 20 yards out.
In the second half, Aaron Conolly came in for Yves Bissouma, before Reece James almost made it two for Chelsea 18 minutes after the restart.
Callum Hudson-Odoi replaced Christian Pulisic in the 66th minute before Iranian Jahanbakhsh came on two minutes later for Aaron Mooy.
Kurt Zouma was booked in the 70th minute for a challenge on Steven Alzate before Lewsi Dunk was also cautioned for a challenge on Tammy Abraham.
Chelsea’s Matteo Kovacic, who came on for Mason mount in the 73rd minute was booked fro tripping Trossard outside the penalty area.
Six minutes from time Jahanbakhsh equalized for Brighton with a perfectly timed and placed Bicycle kick.
Brighton almost stole it at the death after Trossard cut back a pass for Maupay inside the box, who fired it at goal only to see Kepa block with his leg.
Maupay was later booked in the 90th minute for hurriedly contesting a drop ball. Chelsea’s James was also booked for tripping Trossard outside the box in the 93rd minute but Brighton failed to make use of the free kick.
Graham Potter’s men fightback means Lampard’s Chelsea have to settle for a point on Match day 21 of the English Premier League.
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