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Dominant Chelsea beat Brighton; Liverpool win

Dominant Chelsea beat Brighton; Liverpool win
Chelsea players celebrate after scoring a goal during their match against Brighton.
London, Sep 28 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 9/28/2019 11:02:29 AM IST

Chelsea recorded their first Premier League home victory of the season after beating Brighton 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Jorginho and Willian scored in the second half as Chelsea secured back-to-back wins for the first time under manager Frank Lampard.

Chelsea also claimed their first clean sheet in the league this season.

Chelsea had the first opportunity of the game when Tammy Abraham headed Mason Mount’s free kick onto the post after 15 minutes.

The hosts continued to dominate but Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan produced saves from Ross Barkley and Pedro to keep it goalless at half time.

Chelsea were awarded a penalty four minutes into the second half when defender Adam Webster fouled Mount inside the penalty area.

Jorginho converted the penalty to score his second goal of the season.

The visitors went close to scoring an equaliser with 20 minutes remaining but Dan Burn hit the bar with a header from a corner.

Chelsea doubled their lead moments later when Willian’s effort deflected off Burn and wrongfooted Ryan.

Earlier, Liverpool relied on a dreadful goalkeeping error to take its winning run in the Premier League to 16 matches.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s 70th-minute volley from the edge of the area went straight at Dean Henderson, only for the ball to squirm through the legs of the Sheffield United goalkeeper and gift the league leaders a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

Liverpool has opened the Premier League campaign with seven straight victories and has now won every league game since a 0-0 draw at Everton on March 3. Two more wins and Liverpool will tie the record of 18 straight Premier League wins, set by Manchester City in 2017.

Liverpool got away with one of its worst performances of the season, with Sheffield United in the visitors’ faces all match and showing great intensity.

Jürgen Klopp’s side did create the better chances, however, with Sadio Mane hitting the post from close range just before halftime and Mohamed Salah running through on goal in the 79th but seeing his finish turned aside by the right leg of Henderson.

United had an opportunity to equalize with five minutes left, but Leon Clarke lifted a shot over the crossbar as he stretched for a left-wing cross.

Match results

Crystal Palace 2–0 Norwich Aston Villa 2–2 Burnley FC

Bournemouth 2–2 West Ham

Wolves 2–0 Watford

Spurs 2–1 Southampton

 

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