Late own goal gives Brighton draw


Brighton hit the crossbar, had a goal disallowed and a penalty saved before scoring the equaliser

A late own goal from Joachim Andersen salvaged a point for Brighton in an eventful encounter with Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton had a goal disallowed and a penalty saved in the first half before Conor Gallagher’s 69th-minute strike.

The Palace midfielder, who coolly slotted in Jeffrey Schlupp’s cut-back, looked to have snatched all three points for the visitors.

With three minutes left, Neal Maupay’s low cross was deflected in by Andersen.

It was a deserved equaliser for Brighton after they created numerous chances but were denied by goalkeeper Jack Butland, who was in fine form.

Butland denied Pascal Gross from the spot in the first half, kept out Leandro Trossard following a huge error from defender Joel Ward and later tipped Jakub Moder’s effort over the bar.

Brighton’s Moder also hit the crossbar within minutes of the restart after Maupay had earlier bundled it over the line, only for the goal to be ruled out for a foul on Butland.

Both Maupay’s disallowed effort and the awarded penalty decision came after referee Robert Jones consulted the pitchside VAR monitor effectively.

In a frenetic few minutes before half time, Jones awarded the spot-kick when Will Hughes had his arms around Joel Veltman but Gross’ poor effort was saved. From the resulting corner, Maupay had a high boot as he challenged Butland’s grip on the ball on the goalline.

Palace were holding on in the final minutes as Brighton pushed for a winner but the hosts had to settle for a point.

Brighton leave it late again

There had been a decisive 90th-minute goal in the previous three league encounters between these two rivals so it was inevitable late drama would feature again.

Brighton had done everything but score when Gallagher sent the away end wild with a cool finish against the run of play.

Palace had rarely troubled keeper Robert Sanchez – his best save was to deny team-mate Adam Webster who sent a deflection towards goal under pressure from Odsonne Edouard at the near post.

But Brighton typically did not give up and continued to put pressure on the visitors, eventually reaping the rewards when Maupay’s low cross was helplessly flicked in by Andersen.

Manager Graham Potter had looked distraught when Gallagher scored for Palace, but he had clenched fists and a glimmer of relief when his side drew level with time running out.

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Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number1Player nameSánchez

  2. Squad number34Player nameVeltman

  3. Squad number4Player nameWebster

  4. Squad number33Player nameBurn

  5. Squad number3Player nameCucurella

  6. Squad number14Player nameLallana

  7. Squad number13Player nameGroß

  8. Squad number10Player nameMac Allister

  9. Squad number15Player nameModer

  10. Squad number11Player nameTrossard

  11. Squad number9Player nameMaupay

  1. Squad number2Player nameLamptey

  2. Squad number18Player nameWelbeck

  3. Squad number20Player nameMarch

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number1Player nameButland

  2. Squad number2Player nameWard

  3. Squad number16Player nameAndersen

  4. Squad number6Player nameGuéhi

  5. Squad number3Player nameMitchell

  6. Squad number23Player nameGallagher

  7. Squad number12Player nameHughes

  8. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

  9. Squad number7Player nameOlise

  10. Squad number22Player nameÉdouard

  11. Squad number10Player nameEze

  1. Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic

  2. Squad number14Player nameMateta

  3. Squad number20Player nameBenteke

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Sánchez
  • 34VeltmanSubstituted forWelbeckat 73′minutes
  • 4Webster
  • 33Burn
  • 3Cucurella
  • 14LallanaSubstituted forLampteyat 56′minutes
  • 13GroßSubstituted forMarchat 73′minutes
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 15Moder
  • 11Trossard
  • 9Maupay

Substitutes

  • 2Lamptey
  • 16Scherpen
  • 17Alzate
  • 18Welbeck
  • 20March
  • 25Caicedo
  • 28Roberts
  • 42Leonard
  • 58Ferguson

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Butland
  • 2Ward
  • 16Andersen
  • 6Guéhi
  • 3Mitchell
  • 23Gallagher
  • 12HughesBooked at 61mins
  • 15Schlupp
  • 7OliseSubstituted forBentekeat 81′minutes
  • 22ÉdouardSubstituted forMatetaat 66′minutes
  • 10EzeBooked at 44minsSubstituted forMilivojevicat 66′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Milivojevic
  • 13Guaita
  • 14Mateta
  • 17Clyne
  • 20Benteke
  • 34Kelly
  • 36Ferguson
  • 44Riedewald
  • 49Rak-Sakyi

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