Starting the New Year with a BANG: Brighton star Alireza Jahanbakhsh scores incredible overhead kick against Chelsea (VIDEO)
Jahanbakhsh, 26, came on as a second-half substitute with his team 1-0 down after Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta’s opener early in the game, but salvaged a point with an acrobatic strike six minutes from time.
The ball was headed to the Iranian 10 yards out after a Brighton corner, with Jahanbakhsh facing away from goal but launching himself upwards and making the cleanest of contact to send the ball past Kepa and into the corner of the net.
The athletic effort was Jahanbakhsh’s second goal in two games for Brighton – after he had gone 26 games waiting to find the net for the team he joined from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar for a club record fee of around £17 million in July 2018.
2 - Having failed to score in any of his first 26 appearances for Brighton in all competitions, Alireza Jahanbakhsh has now netted in consecutive appearances for the Seagulls. Acrobat. pic.twitter.com/ybwVBXjYt6— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 1, 2020
Tears had followed his first goal against Bournemouth in the 2-0 win on December 28, while his second was met with wild celebration at the Amex Stadium as the hosts salvaged a vital point in their bid to edge even further away from the bottom three.
The social media plaudits also poured in for a goal that illuminated the first day of Premier League action in the new decade.
28th December 2019: Alireza Jahanbakhsh scores his first goal for Brighton.1st January 2020: Alireza Jahanbakhsh scores his second goal for Brighton.Two in two for the Brighton striker. pic.twitter.com/Id2k8jNSuf— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) January 1, 2020
Alireza Jahanbakhsh:"When I saw the ball, I just tried to hit it as hard as I could and the bicycle kick was the only option. "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."#BHACHE#BHAFCpic.twitter.com/LJOLPA04Gy— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) January 1, 2020
The draw means Frank Lampard’s Chelsea sit fourth on 36 points in the Premier League table, five points ahead of Manchester United, who travel to Arsenal later on New Year’s day.
Graham Potter’s Brighton are 13th on 24 points, five clear of the relegation zone but having played at least one game more than the teams in the bottom three.Also on rt.com 'Hail Cesar': Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta scores first Premier League goal of the decade