Jahanbakhsh overhead wonder goal denies Chelsea victory
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.