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

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Stamford Bridge
Christian Eriksen scoring against Chelsea
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.

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

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.

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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.

Chelsea get what they deserve

Chelsea can have no complaints about this defeat or the embarrassing scoreline as they were abject in a performance that was completely out of character with their recent efforts.

Tuchel's side won their six matches in March but were never fully switched on from first to last and paid the price.

If there is any consolation for Tuchel - and he will have to search very hard to find any - it is that this did not come in Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

If they repeat this horrible defensive performance, and indeed their entire shambolic effort, their hopes of retaining the trophy they won last June might be over.

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Despite the usually reliable presence of Rudiger and Thiago Silva, Chelsea were never unable to control Brentford, who ran them ragged and actually should have scored more than four goals.

Chelsea must hope this is a blip, rather like their 5-2 home loss to the eventually relegated West Brom last season, because they cannot afford this when Real Madrid come here this week.

The likes of Karim Benzema would have been licking their lips watching this defensive fiasco.

Player of the match

EriksenChristian Eriksen

with an average of 9.16

Chelsea

  1. Squad number7Player nameKanté
    Average rating

    4.53

  2. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger
    Average rating

    4.43

  3. Squad number19Player nameMount
    Average rating

    4.39

  4. Squad number16Player nameMendy
    Average rating

    4.30

  5. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva
    Average rating

    4.26

  6. Squad number29Player nameHavertz
    Average rating

    4.21

  7. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta
    Average rating

    4.09

  8. Squad number22Player nameZiyech
    Average rating

    3.89

  9. Squad number11Player nameWerner
    Average rating

    3.88

  10. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek
    Average rating

    3.82

  11. Squad number3Player nameAlonso
    Average rating

    3.60

  12. Squad number24Player nameJames
    Average rating

    3.57

  13. Squad number8Player nameKovacic
    Average rating

    3.09

  14. Squad number9Player nameLukaku
    Average rating

    2.98

Brentford

  1. Squad number21Player nameEriksen
    Average rating

    9.16

  2. Squad number11Player nameWissa
    Average rating

    8.79

  3. Squad number8Player nameJensen
    Average rating

    8.59

  4. Squad number27Player nameJanelt
    Average rating

    8.54

  5. Squad number7Player nameCanós
    Average rating

    8.49

  6. Squad number19Player nameMbeumo
    Average rating

    8.34

  7. Squad number17Player nameToney
    Average rating

    8.24

  8. Squad number6Player nameNørgaard
    Average rating

    8.19

  9. Squad number3Player nameHenry
    Average rating

    8.17

  10. Squad number1Player nameRaya
    Average rating

    8.15

  11. Squad number18Player nameJansson
    Average rating

    8.11

  12. Squad number20Player nameAjer
    Average rating

    8.10

  13. Squad number30Player nameRoerslev
    Average rating

    8.08

  14. Squad number5Player namePinnock
    Average rating

    8.07

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

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home21
Away17
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home12
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 1, Brentford 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 1, Brentford 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kristoffer Ajer (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Reece James.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kai Havertz (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Hakim Ziyech with a cross following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Kristoffer Ajer.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Reece James (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Mathias Jensen (Brentford).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Sergi Canós replaces Rico Henry.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Chelsea 1, Brentford 4. Yoane Wissa (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea).

  13. Post update

    Ivan Toney (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Yoane Wissa replaces Bryan Mbeumo.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Christian Nørgaard.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ruben Loftus-Cheek with a headed pass following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Kristoffer Ajer.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Mathias Jensen replaces Vitaly Janelt.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kai Havertz (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Hakim Ziyech with a cross.

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