Football: Chelsea title push hit once more by 1-1 draw with Brighton

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LONDON (REUTERS) – Chelsea suffered one other stumble of their faltering title problem on Wednesday (Dec 29) after they have been held to a 1-1 draw at residence by Brighton & Hove Albion after an injury-time equaliser by substitute Danny Welbeck.

The European champions had taken the lead when Romelu Lukaku rose the very best to satisfy a nook from Mason Mount within the twenty eighth minute, making the most of a makeshift Brighton defence that was lacking centre-half stalwarts Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy.

But Brighton pushed laborious for his or her first ever purpose at Stamford Bridge and had Chelsea pinned again within the second half.

Just when the Blues appeared as in the event that they have been going to hold on for 3 very important factors, Welbeck rose between defender Toni Rudiger and Trevoh Chalobah to go in a Marc Cucurella cross.

Compounding Chelsea’s issues, Chelsea wing-back Reece James hobbled off within the first half and fellow defender Andreas Christensen additionally wanted therapy and was changed by Chalobah on the break.

The draw pushed Chelsea in second place within the Premier League desk on 42 factors, yet another than Liverpool however the Reds have a recreation in hand. Leaders Manchester City have been taking part in away at Brentford in a later kick-off on Wednesday.

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