Chelsea News: Chelsea vs Brighton live score and latest updates

Chelsea News: Chelsea vs Brighton live score and latest updates


 Chelsea breezed past FA Cup semi-finalists Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge, as Callum Hudson-Odoi impressed on his first Premier League start  The England international teed up Olivier Giroud for the opener in the first half, with the Frenchman producing a tidy finish from close range  Quickfire goals from Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek – the latter a brilliant strike – then put the Blues in total control against Christ Hughton’s relegation battlers in the second period  The win sees Chelsea move up one place to fifth in the table, level on points with Arsenal in the race for the top four  Here’s the action as it happened:21:40 Thank you for joining our coverage, we hope you enjoyed the game Until next time, goodbye!21:40 Chelsea host West Ham next, while Brighton have an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to against Manchester City, before hosting Bournemouth in Premier League action 21:39 There goes the full-time whistle! Chelsea cruise past Brighton thanks to goals from Giroud, Hazard and Loftus-Cheek – the latter two being particularly sweet strikes Hudson-Odoi impressed on his first Premier League start and Hazard reminded everyone of his quality Brighton may be starting to look nervously down at the drop. It finishes 3-0 to Chelsea!21:3790+3 minsminute by minute FULL-TIME: CHELSEA 3-0 BRIGHTON21:4190+2 minsminute by minute MISS! There’s a whiff of offside as Knockaert latches onto a long ball in behind the Chelsea defence, but the flag stays down He’s one-on-one with Kepa but pokes pitifully wide. That should be that.21:3593 minsSTATSOverall Possession RatioPossession21:3390 minsminute by minute Three minutes of added time to come 21:3288 minsminute by minute The game is petering out now as Chelsea stroke it around Even when Brighton win the ball back they aren’t breaking with any real pace or intent 21:2986 minsminute by minute Chelsea play some neat stuff through midfield and Zappacosta then takes advantage of a distracted Brighton defence – who are appealing for handball – to cross towards Giroud It’s just about nicked away from him, however, and Brighton clear their lines.21:2784 minsminute by minute That miss proves to be his last action of the game, as Hazard makes way for Willian on the wing 21:2683 minsminute by minute MISS! Hudson-Odoi and Hazard swap flanks and the latter crosses to the former at the back post, but his attempted volley flies just wide of the top corner!21:2582 minsminute by minute Loftus-Cheek, having scored for the second successive game, makes way now for on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Kovacic 21:2480 minsminute by minute SAVE! A relatively straightforward shot to deal with from Bernardo takes a deflection on its way through to Kepa, but the Spaniard manages to read the flight of the ball and hold on 21:2278 minsminute by minute Bernardo and Knockaert are now doubling up on the Brighton left It looks like they may be attempting to target Chelsea substitute Zappacosta down this side 21:2076 minsminute by minute Kepa comes for a left-wing delivery and flaps at it through the crowded box, getting a weak hand to the ball Thankfully for him, it doesn’t fall to a Brighton player and he gets away with it 21:1875 minsminute by minute Full-back Bernardo replaces winger Jahanbakhsh in Hughton’s final change Perhaps he is accepting that the game is lost and simply wants to stem the tide now 21:1775 minsSTATSOverall Possession RatioPossession21:1673 minsminute by minute Azpilicueta now makes way for Zappacosta as Sarri affords the Spaniard a rest He hands the captain’s armband to David Luiz.21:15Two in two for this man He’s followed up his winner in the controversial game at Cardiff with another goal tonight  Turning point?21:1370 minsminute by minute Murray now replaces Andone up front as Hughton looks for a response from his side 21:1370 minsminute by minute MISS! Hazard curls an inch-perfect ball into the path of Kante in the six-yard box, but it bounces just a little too high for the Frenchman and he skies it over the bar as he meets it! What a miss!21:1168 minsminute by minute Bissouma concedes a free-kick for a foul on Hudson-Odoi and goes down He’s seen to by the medical team and there’s a brief delay in proceedings. It looks like he will be okay to continue 21:0966 minsminute by minute MISS! Loftus-Cheek looks to double his tally for the night as he picks up the same position and goes for a low drive into the near corner, but drags it well wide this time 21:0863 minsminute by minute GOAL! Brighton’s resistance is broken and now the floodgates have opened! Hazard turns provider for Loftus-Cheek as the pair swap roles in an almost identical move, with the Englishman firing into the top-right corner from the edge of the box to make it 3-0 to the Blues! Lovely strike!21:0863 minsminute by minute Hazard further adds to his remarkable tally of goals and assists against Brighton, as well as his contribution at Stamford Bridge 21:0662 minsminute by minute Hazard has now been directly involved in five goals in his last three Premier League appearances against Brighton, scoring four and assisting another He has also been directly involved in 15 of Chelsea’s 30 Premier League goals at Stamford Bridge this season (nine goals, six assists), twice that of any other player at the club 21:0460 minsminute by minute GOAL!! Chelsea go 2-0 up! Hazard produces a moment of magic and Brighton are undone! He drifts in from the left and picks up the ball in a central area just outside the box He feints to shoot, sending Dunk sliding away, before curling a lovely strike into the far corner! Chelsea really need to keep him this summer 21:0560 minsminute by minute Loftus-Cheek’s ball into Hazard was simple enough as they penned Brighton in, and the Belgian still had the defence to beat before finding the net 21:0360 minsSTATSOverall Possession RatioPossession21:0258 minsminute by minute Emerson tries too much in trying to beat Bruno and the veteran right-back sees through the stepovers and wins the ball with an uncompromising challenge The Brazilian, in attempting to atone for his error, then fouls the Brighton captain

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