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Chelsea climb to fifth after beating Brighton

3 Apr 2019
Chelsea FC v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

Goals from Giroud, Hazard and Loftus-Cheek earn 3-0 win that sends Blues above Man Utd

Chelsea moved to fifth in the table with a 3-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge. 

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring on 38 minutes by meeting a low cross from Callum Hudson-Odoi, making his first league start.

Eden Hazard doubled Chelsea's advantage on the hour, curling the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

The Belgian turned provider for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who produced a similar finish three minutes later. 

Bernardo came closest to scoring for Brighton but his shot was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga with 10 minutes to play. 

Race for top four

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
3 CHE 38 +24 72
4 TOT 38 +28 71
5 ARS 38 +22 70
6 MUN 38 +11 66

The win moves Chelsea to 63 points, two above Manchester United, but behind Arsenal on goal difference.

Brighton stay 15th on 33 points, five clear of the relegation zone. 

See: Chelsea report | Brighton report

Next fixtures

Chelsea: 8 Apr v West Ham (H)
Brighton: 13 Apr v AFC Bournemouth (H)

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