Brighton’s Welbeck scored a thrilling injury-time equalize to deny Chelsea victory and dent their title aspirations

Brighton’s Danny Welbeck scored a thrilling injury-time equalize to deny Chelsea victory and dent their title aspirations.

Brighton’s Danny Welbeck scored a thrilling injury-time equalize to deny Chelsea victory and dent their title aspirations on Thursday night.

Chelsea seemed destined to move three points clear of Liverpool when Romelu Lukaku gave his side a lead they held until the 91st minute.

Romelu Lukaku’s goal in the 28th minute.

Brighton created 18 chances in total at Stamford Bridge but looked hopeless until Welbeck met Marc Cucurella’s chipped cross.

Chelsea also suffered injuries to defenders Reece James and Andreas Christensen on a bad night.

The tackle leading to Reece James Injury
Christensen also picked up an injury 🤕

They enter 2022 second in the table, one point ahead of third-placed Liverpool, whom they face at Stamford Bridge on Sunday (16:30 GMT).

However, they are eight points behind Manchester City after Pep Guardiola’s side won 1-0 at Brentford.

When Lukaku scored for the second time, the crowd cheered.

He came off the bench to help the Blues beat Aston Villa on Sunday, marking his first league start since October 16 with a busy first-half header.

But Chelsea couldn’t hang on to triumph, dropping 11 points in their previous eight league games, including three draws.

Tuchel will also be concerned about the increasing number of injuries, with England defender James limping out in the first half and Denmark defender Christensen missing the second half.

James limping out in the first half of the game

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (ankle), Thiago Silva (hamstring), and Ben Chilwell (surgery) all missed this game. Timo Werner hasn’t played since December 11 due to coronavirus, and N’Golo Kante came off the bench despite a knee injury against Villa.

Chelsea can’t afford any more crucial player absences with six Premier League, Carabao Cup, and FA Cup matches in January.

While seeing Lukaku celebrate in front of Chelsea fans pleased Tuchel, the German may now be obliged to use the transfer window to keep his side in contention.

Brighton ended their 12-match winless skid in all competitions with a 2-0 win over Brentford.

And Welbeck’s equaliser – Brighton’s first at Stamford Bridge – clinched a well-earned point.

It was Welbeck’s second Premier League goal against Chelsea, 11 years and 45 days after scoring against them for Sunderland in November 2010.

Edouard Mendy denied Adam Lallana, Yves Bissouma, and Alexis MacAllister as Brighton ended the year in 10th place.

Before Welbeck scored in front of Brighton’s fans, Jakub Moder and Neal Maupay both went close. It’s their ninth draw in 18 league games, and they’re 10 points ahead of where they were last season.

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