Full-time: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-4 Chelsea

  • Chelsea move level on points with Manchester United in second and end a run of five successive draws with comfortable lunchtime victory at the Amex Stadium despite missing six first-team players
  • The inspirational Eden Hazard puts the visitors ahead inside three minutes with the 100th league goal of his career
  • Willian doubles the lead shortly afterwards following a sublime team move involving Hazard and Michy Batshuayi
  • Hazard wraps up his side's first top-flight victory of 2018 13 minutes from time after feeding on Willian's pass and finding the bottom corner
  • Victor Moses then adds further gloss to the scoreline, teed up by a wonderful ball from substitute Charly Musonda
  • Ezequiel Schelotto - one of five changes made by Chris Hughton - sees two first-half penalty appeals turned down after challenges from the erratic Willy Caballero and Tiemoue Bakayoko
  • Davy Propper and Willian both strike the woodwork after the interval as Ross Barkley's wait for his Blues debut continues
  • Brighton's record signing Jurgen Locadia watches the match from the stands
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Chelsea rediscover their scoring touch to end a frustrating sequence of draws and - at least temporarily - leapfrog Liverpool to move level on points with second-place Manchester United, who take on Burnley shortly.

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Brighton 0-4 Chelsea


Murray heads Kayal's cross over the top before the ever-committed Azpilicueta produces an impressive late block.


Three minutes of added time for Brighton to endure.


With the game winding down and the stands emptying rapidly, Musonda plays a superb long ball inside Schelotto and Moses takes a handsome first touch before finishing with his left foot.

Further gloss added to the scoreline.

Victor Moses
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Goal: Brighton 0-4 Chelsea (Victor Moses)


Chelsea's man of the moment celebrates putting this game firmly to bed...

Eden Hazard
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Conte introduces Musonda with under 10 minutes left to play. Willian is the man to go off.

Hughton swaps March with Izquierdo.



Game, set and match Chelsea as Hazard wraps up all three points with his second goal of the afternoon.

Willian plays an excellent pass after Duffy is caught out and Goldson backs off the Belgian, allowing him to coast into the box and finish expertly into the bottom corner.

He has been superb today.


Goal: Brighton 0-3 Chelsea (Eden Hazard)


Luiz rises above Murray to head clear Schelotto's cross. Brighton still tirelessly searching for the goal that could make this a very uncomfortable last 15 minutes indeed for Chelsea.

Batshuayi and Dunk go head-to-head before Conte withdraws Alonso in favour of Zappacosta.


Alonso's left-wing cross is turned away before Schelotto has another shot blocked.

Dunk times his sliding challenge to perfection to stop Batshuayi in his tracks.


A double change from Brighton sees Gross and Hemed make way for Beram Kayal and top scorer Murray.


Rudiger makes a crucial header to prevent Hemed from meeting Stephens' cross.

Alonso is then caught on his heels and Caballero produces a strong close-range save to deny Schelotto.


March finds a pocket of space outside the Chelsea box and chances his arm with a strike that is deflected wide by substitute Luiz.


Duffy joins Schelotto in the book after taking down Hazard. Christensen, still feeling the effects of that knock to the head, signals to the bench that he can't continue and David Luiz takes his place.

Ryan then does brilliantly to push Willian's curled free-kick against the woodwork.



Brighton look to take advantage of their temporary numerical advantage and Propper heads Gross' delivery against the post as Christensen makes his way back onto the field.

Davy Propper
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Christensen clears a free-kick before receiving treatment for a blow to the head.


The second half is underway. No changes from Hughton or Conte just yet.



I don't know about you, but I thoroughly enjoyed that first half.

Chelsea raced into a two-goal lead and scored one of the finest team efforts you are likely to see anywhere all season, but Brighton came back strongly and arguably could have had two penalties.

We've seen two different sides to back-up Blues 'keeper Caballero, while Conte's front three - particularly Hazard - have played some lovely stuff. This one is not over yet.



Brighton 0-2 Chelsea