FULL TIME: Brighton 1 – 2 Chelsea

Cole Palmer scored his 22nd goal of the Premier League season as Chelsea secured an important 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday evening at the Amex Stadium. Reece James was shown a controversial red card late on that left Chelsea incensed after Tariq Lamptey wasn’t shown one earlier in the game. The Blues are sixth in the table and are in control of the final Europa League spot.

Chelsea climbed to sixth place in the Premier League after holding on for a 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.

Goals from Cole Palmer and Christopher Nkunku helped the 10-man Blues leapfrog Newcastle United, and into the European qualification spots with one game remaining.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who saw substitute Reece James dismissed for violent conduct, were given a late scare when Danny Welbeck pulled a goal back in stoppage time, but held out for a crucial three points.

Chelsea thought they had a penalty in the 16th minute when Marc Cucurella went down under Facundo Buonanotte’s challenge, but referee Michael Salisbury overturned his initial decision following a VAR review.

Cucurella was involved again as the visitors broke through on 34 minutes. The former Brighton defender’s low cross was met by Palmer, whose stooping header looped away from the dive of Bert Verbruggen.

Joao Pedro and Pascal Gross went close for the Seagulls before Chelsea doubled their lead in the 64th minute, as substitute Nkunku turned in Malo Gusto’s low centre.

The Blues appeared home and dry, but they were forced to hold on for maximum points a man light, with James shown a straight red card after kicking out at Pedro.
Substitute Welbeck then steered home Pedro’s centre deep into stoppage time to set up a grandstand finish, but the hosts could not quite find the equaliser.
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