Brighton and Hove Albion beat Chelsea for the first time in the Premier League on Saturday, with the Seagulls recording a 4-1 victory over Graham Potter’s side in East Sussex.
After Thiago Silva, who had already produced two goalline clearances to deny the Seagulls, surrendered possession cheaply in his own half, Leandro Trossard’s calm finish put the home side in front.
Brighton’s lead was extended before the break by two own goals, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek putting through his own net from a Solly March corner and Trevoh Chalobah sliding Pervis Estupinan’s low cross past Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Two minutes after the break, Kai Havertz nodded in Conor Gallagher’s exquisite cross to give the visitors hope, but a second-half Chelsea comeback failed to materialize.
Pascal Gross capped a miserable afternoon for Potter and his players with a close-range finish after Edouard Mendy, who had taken over for the injured Arrizabalaga at halftime, parried Julio Enciso’s shot into the path of the German.
The result left the London club in fifth position in the table, while Brighton are now up into seventh, with Roberto De Zerbi’s side securing their fifth league victory of the campaign.
Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare