Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Chelsea – Football Match Report – October 29, 2022

Brighton left Chelsea in shock as they fought their way to a 4-1 win to spoil Graham Potter’s return to Falmer Stadium on Saturday.

Striker Leandro Trossard put his team ahead in the fifth minute of the match with his excellent feet in front of goal to defeat Kepa, before the hosts scored 3-0 goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Trevo Chalobah.

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Chelsea looked different in the second half, with striker Kai Havertz sending in Conor Gallagher’s cross to turn it back in the 48th minute, but Brighton’s defense and strong performances from goalkeeper Robert Sanchez kept them wide before Pascal Gross set up the 4.1 goal in overtime.

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The win marks the first time Brighton have beaten Chelsea in the league, leaving questions for Chelsea manager Potter who would have returned 52 days after leaving the club.

Leaving Brighton to succeed outgoing coach Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea last month, Potter returned to the South Coast to face his former employers and lost a record nine games unbeaten in all competitions at his new club.

“Yes of course the result and defeat is painful. We didn’t really recover. Once the fans were busy, it was difficult for us. The scorer was painful. Brighton played a good game, especially in the first,” said Potter.

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“We have to take responsibility a little bit in the first half. We have a lot of football but that’s no excuse. We couldn’t get to that level. We didn’t take our chances in attack and they did… When you lose, you can always do better.”

Top scorer Trussard credited Potter for his time at Brighton, but said he was pleased with his team’s victory.

After the match, Trossard said: “I’m really happy. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy in the first half as they would try to score a goal. I thought we did well and then we finished it.” match.

“I think the team had a good start to the season. We played really well but we needed to win. Four goals too. Let’s have fun tonight.

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“I’ve had a really good few years under Graham Potter. There will be some time [before chatting] After that performance but now it’s up to us to celebrate because we were the better team so we should enjoy it. Another thing to celebrate for us.”

Gross’ fourth last-gasp goal capped a brilliant afternoon for Potter’s successor Roberto de Zerbe, as the first win of his reign lifted Brighton to seventh in the standings, while Chelsea remain in fifth place, eight points behind leaders Manchester City.

Information from Reuters contributed to this report.


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