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Brighton 1 Chelsea 1: Timo Werner scores with second touch but fellow new boy Ziyech limps off injured in friendly

TIMO WERNER wasted no time hitting the ground running after needing less than four minutes to open his Chelsea account.

The £53million summer signing is off to a flyer after linking up with fellow new arrival Hakim Ziyech to score in their pre-season clash with Brighton.

Boss Frank Lampard announced a strong starting XI that also included the likes of N’Golo Kante and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

But it appears Werner has already stolen the show by scoring with just his second touch of the ball.

A brilliant pass from Ziyech found Hudson-Odoi in the box who headed it into the path of Werner.

The 24-year-old goal machine needed no second introduction before burying his chance confidently in the bottom corner.

It sent Chelsea fans into meltdown on social media with many predicting it will be the first of many.

One said: “He needed just four minutes to score, we’ve signed a gem.”

Another added: “It took him three minutes… that Ziyech link is phenomenal.”

A third said: “Timo Werner scores less than 4 minutes into his Chelsea debut.

Timo Werner’s first Chelsea goal in 3mins. Please hand us the golden boot now.

Timo Werner has scored his first @ChelseaFC goal.

First of many 🙌

Timo Werner already scoring his first goal for Chelsea FC this is the beginning of a new era @ChelseaFC #ChelseaFC

Timo Werner needed only 4 minutes to score his first goal for Chelsea!

We signed a gem🙌 pic.twitter.com/CfLydwj0MH

It’s only been 11 minutes but already really like the look of Timo Werner. Clever movement, drifting wide right at times, swapping with Ziyech, precise touch. Looks sharp.

“What a ball from Ziyech to start the move. Wow.”

One fan joked: “Timo Werner’s first Chelsea goal in 3 mins. Please hand us the golden boot now.”

Werner then celebrated by running over to Lampard showing his respect for the Chelsea manager.

But he couldn’t cap his debut with a victory after Pascal Gross fired home a last-gasp penalty, after Neal Maupay had missed a spot-kick earlier.

And in more worrying signs for Lampard, Ziyech limped off early in the second half with a foot injury.

It didn’t appear too serious but Chelsea will face an anxious wait to see if he will be fit for the season opener on September 12.

The game was also watched by 2,500 Brighton supporters as part of a government pilot scheme bidding to bring crowds back in the Covid era.

Chelsea fans will have to wait until they see defender Thiago Silva on the field.

The club announced his signature on Friday but he will likely need to quarantine for two weeks upon his arrival to England.

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