Adelina Engman netted an 88th-minute equaliser as Chelsea FC Women avoided defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion Women this afternoon.

The Blues went into the match as red hot favourites but needed a late goal to record an unimpressive 1-1 draw against an Albion side who struggled last season.

Chelsea had the better of the first half with centre-back Millie Bright striking an effort narrowly wide while Erin Cuthbert could only direct a Maren Mjelde cross the wrong side of the post.

The second half followed the same pattern, although The Blues this time troubled Albion keeper Megan Walsh. First, the former Yeovil Town keeper denied Drew Spence, saving her effort from distance before blocking a shot from Cuthbert.

The home side had rarely threatened but took the lead in the 85th minute when Aileen Whelan picked up the ball in the Chelsea box and thumped a shot beyond Ann-Katrin Berger into the net.

There was little time for Emma Hayes’ side to recover but three minutes later, they did equalise when Engman bundled in from close range.

Chelsea return to action next Sunday when they take on London rivals West Ham United at Kingsmeadow in their first FA Women’s Continental League Cup fixture of the season.