Alireza Jahanbakhsh scored with a spectacular overhead kick late in the game to stun Chelsea and earn Brighton and Hove Albion an unlikely point at the Amex Stadium in a Premier League fixture.
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta gave Chelsea the lead on New Year’s Day with his third goal of the season when he fired in from close range after Tammy Abraham’s shot was blocked by Aaron Mooy.
Brighton’s attacking threat was largely nullified by Chelsea’s defence and were poor for most of the match.
Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had produced a one-handed stop to deny Aaron Connolly and then saved Neal Maupay’s low drive with his feet- the clearest chances The Seagulls had before their goal.
But Jahanbakhsh, who came on as a substitute, brought the home support to their feet in the 84th minute with an early contender for goal of the month.
The point extends fourth-placed Chelsea’s advantage over Manchester United in fifth to five points. Brighton move up a place to 13th, above Burnley on goal difference.