Reece James sent off as Chelsea strengthen their hold on remaining Europa League position

Reece James sent off as Chelsea strengthen their hold on remaining Europa League position

Eric Munene • 07:00 - 16.05.2024

Chelsea will be fighting for the remaining Europa League position, hoping Newcastle don't get ahead of them.

Chelsea and Newcastle are eyeing the coveted sixth place in the league, guaranteeing qualification for the Europa League.

For Chelsea, who have endured a season-long absence from European competitions, the prospect of returning must be exhilarating.

The breakthrough for Chelsea came from Cole Palmer, whose goal tally now stands at an impressive 22. His header found the back of the net, leaving the goalkeeper diving for nothing.

Cole Palmer watches as the ball flies into the next.

Chelsea's hunger for victory was palpable, especially evident in their second goal. Nkunku capitalized on a brilliant run and pass from Gusto to score his third goal for the club.

Despite facing jeers from the home crowd, former Brighton players Marc Cucurella and Moises Caicedo showcased commendable performances for Chelsea.

Reece James got sent after he kicked out at Pedro. During a rough tussle for the ball, Recce James was fouled by the Brighton striker and Reece James appeared to kick at him in retaliation. This was reviewed by VAR and was deemed as violent conduct.

Brighton pressed and managed to score through Welbeck but it was too late for the Seagulls to score an equalizer.

Chelsea have now gone from 16 points behind Tottenham to only three with their fourth straight win heading into the last fixture of the season.

If the Blues lose and Newcastle win on the final day, Newcastle will steal this coveted position from Chelsea and the Blues will have to go through another season of pure domestic competition.

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