Ja­han­bakhsh over­head won­der goal de­nies Chelsea vic­tory

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Ira­nian in­ter­na­tional Alireza ja­han­bakhsh scored a won­der goal for Brighton in the first English Premier League fix­tures of the new decade to se­cure his team a pre­cious point in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Chelsea was head­ing for vic­tory in the new Year’s Day en­counter at the Amex Sta­dium when ja­han­bakhsh met a loose ball from a cor­ner with an over­head kick which left vis­it­ing keeper Kepa Ar­riz­a­bal­aga with no chance.

The stun­ning 84th minute equal­izer was no more than Brighton de­served from a spir­ited dis­play af­ter fall­ing be­hind to an early goal for Ce­sar Azpilicuet­a.

It was the sec­ond goal in two games for ja­han­bakhsh, who had gone over 18 months with­out scor­ing since be­com­ing Brighton’s record sign­ing from Dutch side AZ Alk­maar, and one that will linger long in the mem­ory.

“It was the best goal of my ca­reer,” he told BT Sport.

“I had a feel­ing I would make an im­pact in this game and when the ball came to me I tried as hard as pos­si­ble to kick it and the only op­tion for me was a bi­cy­cle kick,” he added.

The draw has lifted Brighton fur­ther clear of the drop zone, with Chelsea stay­ing in the fourth and fi­nal Cham­pi­ons League spot with man­ager Frank Lam­pard frus­trated af­ter see­ing his side’s early dom­i­nance wasted.

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