Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton & Hove Albion in their latest pre-season outing on Saturday afternoon.
The game was used as a test event for crowds returning to stadiums with 2,500 Brighton & Hove Albion supporters able to access The Amex Stadium for the first time since March.
Chelsea took an early lead on the South Coast when summer signing Timo Werner fired home the opener. Hakim Ziyech’s cross was chested into the path of the German forward by Callum Hudson-Odoi and Werner made no mistake from just a few yards out.
The home side equalled Chelsea’s goal threat throughout the match and Jake Clarke-Salter was needed to produce a last-ditch clearance later on in the first half before Hudson-Odoi saw an effort saved by Albion keeper Mat Ryan.
The hosts were awarded a penalty kick early in the second half when substitute Antonio Rudiger fouled Lewis Dunk. Neal Maupay stepped up to take the spot kick but his effort was saved by Blues keeper Willy Caballero.
The Argentine then tipped an Adam Webster shot onto the bar as Albion cranked up the pressure before Chelsea conceded a second penalty when Ethan Ampadu caught Aaron Connelly in the area. Pascal Gross took the spot kick this time and successfully found the corner of the net.
Olivier Giroud had the final chance of the match but he was unable to convert his header as the scoreline ended level.