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Chelsea loses 1-2 to Brighton at Stamford Bridge

Again, Chelsea FC, a.k.a The Blues’, has on Saturday, April 15, suffered three successive defeats under the club’s caretaker manager, Frank Lampard.

Chelsea defeated 1-2 to Brighton.

In an impressive performance, Julio Enciso’s screamer helped Brighton to secure their first-ever league win at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues’ latest setback – their fourth Premier League game without a win – leaves the club languishing in the bottom-half ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League second leg with Real Madrid.

Brighton had been denied in defeat by a series of VAR calls at Tottenham last weekend and while they saw two more penalty shouts waved away in the first half on Saturday, this time they capitalised on their dominance to do the double over their hosts.

19-year-old Enciso scored a goal he will remember for the rest of his life in the 69 minute, rocketing a shot into the top corner from 30 yards before being held aloft in front of the away section by his team-mates.

He had hit the post from a tight angle a few minutes earlier as Brighton maintained their first-half pressure, which had seen substitute Danny Welbeck head in a deserved equaliser after Conor Gallagher’s deflected opener.

It was a statement display from Roberto De Zerbi’s side, who had delivered a similar signal of their trajectory when they thrashed Chelsea 4-1 in October.

The fortuitous Gallagher strike ended a Chelsea goal drought which had stretched to six hours and 27 minutes but their issues all over the pitch were on show, with the visitors out-shooting them by 24 efforts to seven.

The result, however, leaves Chelsea 11th, closer to the bottom in terms of points than fourth.

Brighton, who also hit the bar early on through Evan Ferguson before he was injured, are just seven points off Manchester United, who occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.

They face United at Wembley next Sunday in the FA Cup semi-final.

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