Brighton 1-3 Chelsea: Reece James scores stunner as Frank Lampard’s side win


Reece James scores for Chelsea
Reece James scored his first goal in the Premier League despite making 24 appearances last season

Chelsea defender Reece James scored a stunning long-range effort and got an assist as they began their Premier League season with victory at Brighton.

James put Chelsea 2-1 up minutes after Brighton’s Leandro Trossard equalised Jorginho’s first-half penalty, won by new signing Timo Werner.

Kurt Zouma then volleyed James’ corner – his shot deflected in off Brighton defender Adam Webster to make it 3-1.

At 2-1, Lewis Dunk headed wide a great chance to bring Brighton level.

Brighton lost new signing Adam Lallana to injury right on half-time; he was making his debut, having signed on a free transfer from champions Liverpool in July.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, meanwhile, handed debuts to summer signings Werner and Kai Havertz.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 3WhiteSubstituted forGroßat 79′minutes
  • 5Dunk
  • 4Webster
  • 2LampteyBooked at 81mins
  • 14LallanaSubstituted forConnollyat 45′minutes
  • 8Bissouma
  • 17AlzateSubstituted forJahanbakhshat 79′minutes
  • 20March
  • 9Maupay
  • 11Trossard

Substitutes

  • 6Stephens
  • 7Connolly
  • 13Groß
  • 16Jahanbakhsh
  • 23Steele
  • 33Burn
  • 34Veltman

Chelsea

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 24James
  • 4Christensen
  • 15Zouma
  • 3Alonso
  • 7Kanté
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forAzpilicuetaat 85′minutes
  • 29HavertzSubstituted forHudson-Odoiat 80′minutes
  • 19Mount
  • 12Loftus-CheekSubstituted forBarkleyat 61′minutes
  • 11Werner

Substitutes

  • 2Rüdiger
  • 8Barkley
  • 9Abraham
  • 13Caballero
  • 18Giroud
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 28Azpilicueta

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