Chelsea 1 : 1 Brighton : Danny Welbeck denies Tuchel’s Men win
Brighton & Hove Albion deservedly drew 1-1 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, thanks to a late goal from Danny Welbeck.
With a wonderful header shortly before the half-hour mark, Romelu Lukaku followed up his first Premier League goal since September in Sunday’s 3-1 win against Aston Villa and seemed like he would guide his side to a second consecutive top-flight win.
Brighton created a slew of chances in the second half, and replacement Danny Welbeck headed past Edouard Mendy in additional time to give them the point they deserved.
Chelsea moved into second place, one point ahead of Liverpool, while Brighton climbed one spot to tenth.
After a scramble from a corner, Robert Sanchez diverted Cesar Azpilicueta’s effort onto the post in the 17th minute, before keeping out Mason Mount’s strike from a tight angle.
Lukaku headed home Mount’s corner from six yards to put the Blues ahead in the 28th minute, despite the Belgium international appearing to strike Neal Maupay in the face as he attempted to find space in the area.
Mendy then kept out powerful drives from Adam Lallana and Alexis Mac Allister as the Seagulls ultimately fell short of restoring parity before the interval.
Brighton picked up where they left off at the start of the second period, Yves Bissouma testing Mendy from distance and Maupay dragging an effort just wide.
Just as it looked like they would leave west London empty-handed, Welbeck popped up to head home Marc Cucurella’s left-wing cross to send the visiting supporters into raptures.