Experience the complete replay and highlights of the electrifying duel between Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion. This thrilling showdown took place in the 2023/2024 England Premier League on Matchday 14, kicking off at 14:00 GMT on Sunday, Dec 3, 2023. The match was officiated by the esteemed Craig Pawson from England and was hosted at the iconic Stamford Bridge in London. Don’t miss the action!
Chelsea vs Brighton & Hove Albion Full Match Reports
Despite enduring more than half the match with only 10 players, Chelsea triumphed over Brighton & Hove Albion, securing only their second Premier League victory at Stamford Bridge this season.
Eager to rebound from their joint-heaviest Premier League defeat in the previous outing, Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea welcomed Brighton—a team that had previously secured a three-goal victory against the Argentine boss. However, any concerns of a recurring nightmare were swiftly dispelled by a rapid double from the Blues. Initially, Benoît Badiashile kept a corner alive, delivering a hooked pass to Enzo Fernández, who capitalized on the opportunity to score his inaugural Premier League goal. Merely four minutes later, another corner kick, this time from Nicolas Jackson at the far post, set the stage for former Brighton loanee Levi Colwill to head in his maiden Chelsea goal.
The Blues seemed comfortably in control as halftime loomed, yet the dynamics of the contest underwent a sudden transformation within minutes. Some lax defending provided Facundo Buonanotte with ample space to cut inside and curl a shot into the far corner. Jason Steele’s swift reflexes then thwarted Jackson’s immediate response. Prior to this round of fixtures, no Premier League side had accumulated more yellow cards on average than Chelsea (3.38), a fact underscored by the two reckless challenges that led to the dismissal of captain Conor Gallagher.
Adam Lallana, making yet another consecutive start for the Seagulls, attempted an audacious swiveling shot that served as a warning to the hosts. This scare seemed to ignite Chelsea, and following VAR’s ruling that James Milner illegally brought down Mykhailo Mudryk when through on goal, Fernández confidently stepped up to the spot to reinstate his side’s two-goal advantage. Substitute João Pedro further bolstered Chelsea’s lead with a header from a corner, but despite a late VAR scare, Brighton couldn’t engineer a complete comeback.
Pochettino’s side ultimately secured only their second league victory in six matches (D2, L2), propelling them into the top half of the Premier League. While Brighton sits three points behind in eighth place, they will be disheartened not to have claimed at least a point against the 10-man Londoners. The Seagulls concluded a run of three Premier League head-to-heads without defeat, maintaining a fascinating streak of both teams scoring in each of their last nine league away trips (W3, D1, L5).
The Man of the Match accolade was rightfully bestowed upon Enzo Fernández of Chelsea for his stellar performance.