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Danny Welbeck’s Brighton Equaliser Leaves Chelsea’s Title Hopes In Tatters

James Hilsum

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Danny Welbeck’s Brighton Equaliser Leaves Chelsea’s Title Hopes In Tatters

Danny Welbeck has left Chelsea's title hopes in tatters with a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser to ensure Brighton & Hove Albion took a well-deserved point away from Stamford Bridge.

Welbeck replaced Alexis Mac Allister in the 80th minute and brilliantly nodded home Marc Cucurella's cross to leave the Blues five points behind Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola's side currently leading Brentford 1-0.

Romelu Lukaku's controversial 28th-minute opener looked to have given Thomas Tuchel's men all three points - a goal which could have been disallowed with many claiming that the Belgian used his elbow to shrug off Neal Maupay.


But Welbeck struck late on to claim a draw, in what was an impressive away performance from Graham Potter's side in west London.

The Seagulls have now moved into the top half of the table, and follows on from their first win in 12 games against Brentford on Boxing Day.

It's a result which also has big ramifications in the Premier League title race, with City on course to go eight points clear at the top of the table.

This match coupled with Liverpool's 1-0 defeat away at Leicester City on Tuesday night, looks set to give Guardiola's men a commanding lead in the title race.

Topics: Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea, Premier League, Danny Welbeck

James Hilsum
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