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Chelsea 1-4 Brentford: Christian Eriksen scores first Bees goal in comeback win

Christian Eriksen has now scored in three successive matches after netting in both games for Denmark during the international break

Christian Eriksen scored his first goal for Brentford as they closed in on Premier League safety by outclassing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Brentford produced a magnificent display to record their first win over Chelsea since 1939 as they came from behind to stun Thomas Tuchel’s side with three goals in 10 minutes in the second half before adding a fourth late on to humiliate the Champions League holders.

The Bees enjoyed the better of the first half but were punished for not taking chances when Antonio Rudiger flashed a brilliant 30-yard finish past David Raya three minutes after the restart.

Brentford’s response was instant and spectacular as Vitaly Janelt hammered home the equaliser two minutes later before the golden moment in the 54th minute as Bryan Mbeumo squared a pass for Eriksen to score in front of the joyous visiting support.

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And Brentford were not finished there, Janelt breaking clear again on the hour to beat Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy before substitute Yoane Wissa completed their glory day in the closing moments.

Brentford are now on 33 points, 11 clear of Watford, who are third from bottom, and can now surely contemplate Premier League football again next season.

Eriksen stars in fine victory

Christian Eriksen provided the story of this truly remarkable Brentford win with that first goal for the club since making his comeback with the Bees after suffering a cardiac arrest playing for Denmark against Finland at Euro 2020 in June.

It was a wonderful moment but was simply the flourish on a quite brilliant team performance from Brentford, who thoroughly deserved one of the greatest victories in the club’s history. The margin of the scoreline did not flatter them.

Thomas Frank’s side took the fight to Chelsea from the first whistle, with striker Ivan Toney having three presentable chances as they went right on the front foot.

If there was any disappointment, it was the fact they did not cash in on that superiority, and they paid for it when Rudiger fired Chelsea in front.

Brentford’s response was truly outstanding, giving them the result that surely means they will stay in the Premier League next season.

And there is no doubt Eriksen’s presence has lifted those around him. Brentford have won all three games he has started since making his comeback as a substitute against Newcastle United in late February.

Eriksen may be the star name but this was the complete all-round display, with Toney giving Chelsea’s vulnerable defence a torrid time and Janelt providing the cutting edge.

Brentford were also resolute in defence, with Frank and his players fully deserving the huge ovation they received from their ecstatic fans after the final whistle.

More to follow.

Player of the match

EriksenChristian Eriksen

Chelsea

  1. Squad number7Player nameKanté

  2. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger

  3. Squad number19Player nameMount

  4. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  5. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  6. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  7. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  8. Squad number22Player nameZiyech

  9. Squad number11Player nameWerner

  10. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek

  11. Squad number3Player nameAlonso

  12. Squad number24Player nameJames

  13. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

  14. Squad number9Player nameLukaku

Brentford

  1. Squad number21Player nameEriksen

  2. Squad number11Player nameWissa

  3. Squad number8Player nameJensen

  4. Squad number27Player nameJanelt

  5. Squad number7Player nameCanós

  6. Squad number19Player nameMbeumo

  7. Squad number17Player nameToney

  8. Squad number6Player nameNørgaard

  9. Squad number3Player nameHenry

  10. Squad number1Player nameRaya

  11. Squad number18Player nameJansson

  12. Squad number20Player nameAjer

  13. Squad number30Player nameRoerslev

  14. Squad number5Player namePinnock

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 4-3-3

  • 16Mendy
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 3AlonsoSubstituted forJamesat 55′minutes
  • 19Mount
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 7KantéSubstituted forLukakuat 65′minutes
  • 22Ziyech
  • 29Havertz
  • 11WernerSubstituted forKovacicat 64′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 4Christensen
  • 5Jorginho
  • 8Kovacic
  • 9Lukaku
  • 17Saúl
  • 18Barkley
  • 24James
  • 31Sarr

Brentford

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Raya
  • 30Roerslev
  • 20Ajer
  • 18Jansson
  • 5Pinnock
  • 3HenrySubstituted forCanósat 88′minutes
  • 21Eriksen
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 27JaneltSubstituted forJensenat 82′minutes
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forWissaat 85′minutes
  • 17Toney

Substitutes

  • 7Canós
  • 8Jensen
  • 11Wissa
  • 14Ghoddos
  • 22M Jorgensen
  • 24Fosu-Henry
  • 26Baptiste
  • 29Bech Sørensen
  • 40Fernández

Referee:
Andy Madley

Attendance:
39,061

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