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Disasi equaliser for Chelsea cancels out Wissa stunner at Brentford

A late header from Axel Disasi rescued a 2-2 draw for Chelsea at Brentford after Yoane Wissa’s stunning overhead kick had given the hosts a second-half lead.

Chelsea looked to put their Carabao Cup final defeat further behind them having beaten Leeds in the FA Cup on Wednesday, and they were on course to do so when Nicolas Jackson deservedly headed them in front during the first half.

Brentford had been hanging on for half-time but were transformed after the break, with Mads Roerslev pouncing in the box to equalise within five minutes before Wissa’s brilliant acrobatic volley put them ahead.

Chelsea supporters began chanting against co-owner Todd Boehly, singing the name of Jose Mourinho and calling for Pochettino to go, while Brentford looked to put the game to bed as Sergio Reguilon’s header hit a post.

But Disasi had the final say, nodding home at a corner in the 83rd minute after Bees goalkeeper Mark Flekken had cheaply conceded the set-piece. Chelsea remain 11th in the Premier League while Brentford are six points above the relegation zone.

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Brentford: Flekken (5), Collins (6), Ajer (6), Zanka (7), Reguilon (7), Janelt (7), Norgaard (7), Onyeka (7), Roerslev (7), Wissa (8), Toney (6).

Subs: Jensen (6), Maupay (n/a), Yarmolyuk (n/a)

Chelsea: Petrovic (6), Gusto (7), Disasi (7), Chalobah (6), Chilwell (6), Colwill (6), Caicedo (6), Fernandez (5), Palmer (7), Gallagher (7), Jackson (7).

Subs: Mudryk (6), Sterling (6)

Player of the Match: Yoane Wissa

How Chelsea denied Brentford

Nicolas Jackson celebrates after scoring Chelsea's opening goal against Brentford
Image: Nicolas Jackson celebrates after scoring Chelsea’s opening goal against Brentford

Brentford matched Chelsea during the opening 25 minutes but faded badly once the visitors got hold of possession. Pochettino had changed the Chelsea formation to three at the back to help deal with Brentford’s set-piece threat, but it also helped his side take control.

Fernandez cut the hosts open for the first time with a pass that set Jackson in behind, although after rounding Flekken, his weak shot was cleared off the line by Zanka. Jackson, though, wasn’t to be denied moments later when he rose to head in Malo Gusto’s perfect cross.

Team news:

  • Brentford made four changes after losing 4-2 at West Ham. Nathan Collins, Yoane Wissa, Vitaly Janelt and Mads Roerslev came in for Ben Mee, Neal Maupay, Mathias Jensen and Keane Lewis-Potter.
  • Chelsea changed five from their win over Leeds in the FA Cup. Djordje Petrovic, Ben Chilwell, Levi Colwill, Cole Palmer and Conor Gallagher all returned for Robert Sanchez, Alfie Gilchrist, Raheem Sterling, Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke.

Chelsea piled forward with Brentford needing the interval as Ben Chilwell’s goalbound shot was blocked and then Jackson forced Flekken into a low save.

Brentford were a different side in the second period, pushing higher up the pitch and not allowing Chelsea to dominate possession. It quickly paid off as Reguilon’s blocked shot inside the area rolled through to Roerslev to finish.

Mads Roerslev celebrates after equalising for Brentford against Chelsea
Image: Mads Roerslev celebrates after equalising for Brentford against Chelsea

They almost led two minutes later when Vitaly Janelt hit the foot of the right post, but Chelsea could have easily been ahead too when Cole Palmer put wide after a surging run from Gusto.

It appeared a costly miss when Reguilon’s cross from the left popped up off Frank Onyeka in the box and Wissa leapt into the air and acrobatically volleyed home.

Yoane Wissa scores with a scissor kick to give Brentford the lead against Chelsea
Image: Yoane Wissa scores with a scissor kick to give Brentford the lead against Chelsea

Reguilon nearly wrapped up a victory, climbing over Gusto to head against the left post, but after Flekken had fumbled a shot which forced a Chelsea corner, Disasi planted Palmer’s cross into the net.

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