Chelsea's Enzo Fernandez celebrates after he scored his side's third...

Chelsea's Enzo Fernandez celebrates after he scored his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion, at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023. Credit: AP/Alastair Grant

LONDON — Enzo Fernandez scored twice as 10-man Chelsea held on to beat Brighton 3-2 in the Premier League on Sunday.

The midfielder struck in each half as the Londoners bounced back from last week's 4-1 loss against Newcastle.

But Mauricio Pochettino's team, which had Conor Gallagher sent off just before halftime, had to resist a fightback from Brighton that included a late penalty being overturned by VAR.

Chelsea led 2-0 after headers from Fernandez and Levi Colwill in the 17th and 21st minutes, but Facundo Buonanotte pulled a goal back for Brighton in the 43rd and Gallagher was shown a second yellow card just before the break.

Fernandez scored a penalty in the 65th to regain the home team's two-goal advantage, but Joao Pedro came off the bench to score from a header in the second minute of stoppage time.

In a dramatic end to the match, Chelsea survived a penalty scare for a possible handball against Colwill with virtually the game’s final action.

Fernandez scored his first Premier League goal after heading in from close range from Benoit Badiashile's hooked cross.

Chelsea's Enzo Fernandez, center, celebrates with his teammates after he...

Chelsea's Enzo Fernandez, center, celebrates with his teammates after he scored his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion, at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023. Credit: AP/Alastair Grant

Colwill scored with a header four minutes later after connecting with Nicolas Jackson's cross.

Buonanotte halved Chelsea's lead when lashing a shot inside the far post with his left foot and soon after, Gallagher shown a second yellow card for sliding in late on Billy Gilmour.

Mudryk won a penalty after the break when he outpaced James Milner before being shouldered to the ground. Fernandez converted the ensuing spot kick.

Ten minutes of stoppage time had been announced by the time Pedro rose to glance a header across goal and in at the far post to give Brighton hope.

Chelsea's goalkeeper Robert Sanchez catches the ball during the English...

Chelsea's goalkeeper Robert Sanchez catches the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion, at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023. Credit: AP/Alastair Grant

Then referee Craig Pawson was called to the touchline to review a handball against Colwill. The evidence seemed to show the ball strike the defender’s face to the relief of fans inside Stamford Bridge.

More soccer news

Newsday LogoSUBSCRIBEUnlimited Digital AccessOnly 25¢for 5 months
ACT NOWSALE ENDS SOON | CANCEL ANYTIME