Brighton 1-1 Chelsea: Timo Werner scores on pre-season friendly debut

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Brighton 1-1 Chelsea: Fans return after coronavirus lockdown as Timo Werner scores within four minutes in his first appearance since the £ 53million transfer … but that wasn’t enough to keep the squad by Graham Potter remotely

  • Brighton drew 1-1 with Chelsea in a friendly with 2,500 fans in attendance
  • Timo Werner only scored four minutes after his first appearance for Chelsea
  • But Pascal Gross hammered a penalty to bring the scores to the same level in the 90th

Timo Werner wasted no time escaping Chelsea by finding the net in the club’s friendly against Brighton – but Frank Lampard’s men were held to a 1-1 draw at AMEX.

The German appears to have quickly froze at Stamford Bridge as he broke the deadlock just four minutes after his debut against the Seagulls.

The Blues appeared to be heading home with a narrow victory before Brighton came back in the dying minutes through Pascal Gross, who hammered home an effort from the penalty spot in the 90th minute.

Timo Werner has scored just four minutes after the start of his first Chelsea appearance for Frank Lampard

Pascal Gross hammered a penalty to bring the scores to the same level in the 90th minute

Pascal Gross hammered a penalty to bring the scores to the same level in the 90th minute

The pre-season friendly saw 2,500 fans participate while the game was used in a pilot event.

The pre-season friendly saw 2,500 fans participate while the game was used in a pilot event.

The match saw football fans enter a top-tier stadium for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic brought the sport to a halt in March.

Around 2,500 spectators were in attendance as the two clubs took part in the government pilot event.

Chelsea offered a sign of their intentions for the new season by taking control of the game in the opening minutes.

Werner, who made the £ 50million move to Stamford Bridge side from RB Leipzig in June, got his name on the scoresheet after being at the end of Callum Hudson-Odoi’s slanted header on the goal.

Werner appears to have settled down well at Chelsea after signing for the club in a £ 50million deal

Werner appears to have settled down well at Chelsea after signing for the club in a £ 50million deal

Hakim Ziyech was substituted in the second half after suffering a free kick injury

Hakim Ziyech was substituted in the second half after suffering a free kick injury

Shortly after the start of the second half, another new signing at Hakim Ziyech badly hit a free kick and injured himself in the process – leaving Lampard to sweat ahead of the new season and he was forced to leave the early action.

Having been replaced by Conor Gallagher, Lampard’s side entered the final stages of the match. But Brighton found time for a late equalizer to deny Chelsea a victory at the Amex.

Willy Caballero saved a threatening shot from Neal Maupay moments before, but couldn’t stop Gross’s 90th-minute strike from the penalty spot.

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