Matildas star Sam Kerr scored for Chelsea but her club’s record-breaking 33-game unbeaten run in the Women’s Super League has come to an end as they were stunned 2-1 by Brighton.
Reigning champions Chelsea came out of the blocks quickly and Kerr opened the scoring after just five minutes in London on Sunday.
The Australian looped a header over goalkeeper Megan Walsh from Erin Cuthbert’s pinpoint delivery from a corner.
But the lead lasted just two minutes as Brighton equalised from a corner of their own, with Aileen Whelan thundering a header past Carly Telford.
Chelsea moved the ball sharply as they looked to restore their lead as the snow swirled around Kingsmeadow, but Brighton stuck to their task and went in all square at the break.
Record signing Pernille Harder almost put Chelsea ahead after 75 minutes but she could only hook the ball onto the right-hand post.
Brighton won a corner from the resulting attack and took a shock lead when Telford could only palm Megan Connolly’s inswinging corner into her own net in the 77th minute.
From there Brighton’s heroic back-line stood firm and they headed back to the south coast with a hard-fought three points.
The Blues stay top of the table on goal difference but have a game in hand on United.
Meanwhile, Matilda forward Caitlin Foord scored for Arsenal, but her goal also wasn’t enough to secure victory against Manchester City who won 2-1 on Sunday.
Ellen White and Lauren Hemp did the damage for City, while Foord provided the Gunners with their only goal of the game.
The result lifts third-placed City seven points clear of Arsenal, who sit fourth with a game in hand.