Brighton’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh started the new year in the best way possible by scoring a late equaliser for his side against Chelsea on Wednesday’s premier league match at Amex Stadium.
Cesar Azpilicueta scored the opening goal in the 10th minute when he fired in from close range after Tammy Abraham’s shot was blocked by Aaron Mooy.
Then Jahanbakhsh, who came in as a substitute, equalised at the 84th minute.
“When I was about to go on, I had a feeling I could have an impact on the game,” he told Match of the Day.
“When I saw the ball, I just tried to hit it as hard as I could and the bicycle kick was the only option. I’m going to watch it a couple more times.
“It has been a really tough time for me. I have been training well and working hard to get my chance. Luckily, it has gone the way I wanted.
“2019 didn’t go as well as I wanted. I tried to end the year as well as I could and I’ve started 2020 in the best way possible.”
Brighton’s equaliser is a blow to Frank Lampard who was hoping for his eighth away win this season.
Chelsea remains fourth in premier league with an extended five points ahead of fifth placed Manchester United. Brighton have moved up 13th with only a goal difference above Burnley.