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- Brighton vs Chelsea clash ended in a 1-1 draw as the Blues winless run stretched to four matches in the Premier League
- Hakim Ziyech netted the opener for Chelsea, only for Adam Webster's second-half header to earn the Seagulls a vital point
- The disappointing result at Amex Stadium denied Thomas Tuchel's men a chance to climb to second on the log
Chelsea's Premier League title chances have been dealt a fresh blow after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton in a tough clash played at Amex Stadium on Tuesday night, January 18.
The Blues surrendered a 1-0 advantage during the encounter to settle for a point away from home after Adam Webster scored in the second half to cancel out Hakim Ziyech's first-half opener.
Thomas Tuchel's charges were desperate to return to winning ways during their trip to Brighton having suffered a 1-0 loss in their last outing against high-flying Man City.
However, the European champions were unable to redeem themselves against the Seagulls as they dropped points once again.
Despite lacking incisiveness upfront, Chelsea managed to take the lead in the 28th minute through Ziyech who thrashed a low left-footed shot into the net from over 20 yards to ensure the visitors head into the break with the advantage.
Brighton dominated proceedings in the opening exchanges of the second half, but had to wait until the hour-mark to restore parity through Webster, heading home the equaliser from Mac Allister’s corner.
Tuchel made a double substitution with 10 minutes left on the clock, introducing Kai Havertz and Timo Werner in place of Romelu Lukaku and Ziyech.
However, the tactical change had little impact as the home side held firm to claim a vital point against their visitors.
The result saw Chelsea miss out on a chance to leapfrog Liverpool to second on the log and now remain third with 44 points, a massive 12 off leaders, City.
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