Ex-Brighton manager Graham Potter was left with a bitter pill to swallow on his return to the Amex Stadium as Chelsea boss. His former side fought their way to a famous 4-1 win.
It took merely five minutes for the hosts to get their noses ahead as Leandro Trossard showed some excellent footwork in front of the net to beat Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Chelsea’s misery was soon doubled as two own goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Trevor Chalobah quickly saw the hosts taking an unassailable 3-0 lead.
Although the Blues looked like a completely different side in the second half, and Kai Havertz headed home Conor Gallagher’s cross to pull one back in the 48th minute, they failed to exert enough control over proceedings to restore parity.
A solid performance from goalkeeper Robert Sanchez kept them at bay, and Chelsea were put out of their misery when Pascal Gross made it 4-1 in the added time of the game.
This is the first time that Brighton have been able to defeat Chelsea in the history of the Premier League, and the fact that it arrived with Potter occupying the opposition dugout made the win even sweeter for the Seagulls.
Elsewhere, Crysencio Summerville scored a dramatic late winner as Leeds United shocked Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield on Saturday night, handing Jurgen Klopp’s side their first home Premier League loss in 30 matches.
The Reds endured another difficult start as Joe Gomez played a blind back pass which Alisson failed to anticipate. The Brazilian ended up slipping, and it allowed Rodrigo plenty of space to run into and put the ball into the back of the net. Liverpool soon clawed their way back with Mo Salah volleying Andy Robertson’s cross and ignited the sparks in the stands.
However, Leeds ended up having the last laugh as Summerville latched onto Patrick Bamford’s ball into the box and secured all three points for his side in injury time. Virgil van Dijk, who had previously gone unbeaten in 70 Premier League fixtures at home with Liverpool, saw his imperious streak coming to a close this weekend.