Soccer-Chelsea title push hit again in 1-1 draw with Brighton

LONDON: Chelsea suffered another stumbling block in their faltering title challenge on Wednesday when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Brighton & Hove Albion after an injury-time equalizer by Danny Welbeck.

The European champions took the lead after Romelu Lukaku top-scored to reach a corner from Mason Mount in the 28th minute, taking advantage of the Brighton defence, with centre-half stalwarts Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy missing. Were.

But Brighton fought hard for their first goal at Stamford Bridge and pinned Chelsea back in the second half.

When the Blues looked like they were going to hang on at three crucial points, Welbeck rose to head in a Mark Cucurella cross between defender Tony Rudiger and Trevoh Chaloba.

Compounding Chelsea’s problems, Chelsea wing-back Reece James stalled in the first half and fellow defender Andreas Christensen also needed treatment and was replaced by Chaloba at the break.

The draw pushed Chelsea to second place in the Premier League table with 42 points, one more than Liverpool but the Reds have a game in hand. Leaders Manchester City were playing at Brentford in the latter’s kick-off on Wednesday.

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