Brighton and Hove Albion continued their push for European football on a positive note, as they defeated visiting Manchester United 1-0 in their Matchday 34 encounter at the Amex Stadium on Thursday night.
Both teams had chances within the opening quarter of an hour to break the deadlock, as Antony fired his shot wide while Kaoru Mitoma’s effort hit Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea in the face.
The half ended all square though it was a cagey affair in the second period, as both sides attempted to cancel the other out.
Solly March who came on as a substitute dragged his effort wide late on, while Alexis Mac Allister’s long-range shot was saved as the hosts tried to nick a victory. David de Gea was at it again, saving a inswinger from Mitoma in injury time.
But there was drama late on, as Luke Shaw handled in the area and after referee Andre Marriner consulted with the VAR, a penalty was given to the Seagulls. Alexis Mac Allister struck from twelve yards to give Brighton all three points on the night.
The result sees the Seagulls complete the double over Manchester United this season. The Red Devils still occupy fourth spot on the Premier League standings albeit with a game in hand, and they have a four-point advantage over Liverpool who are fifth on the log.
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FULL-TIME AT THE AMEX STADIUM: Brighton 1-0 Manchester United
GOOOAAALLL!!! Brighton 1-0 Manchester United (A. Mac Allister)
90+7′ MIN: Alexis Mac Allister converts from twelve yards to give the hosts the lead and send the Amex into delirium.
PENALTY!!! To Brighton and Hove Albion
Center referee Andre Marriner consults with the VAR, and awards Brighton a spot-kick after Luke Shaw handled the ball in the area.
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE AMEX STADIUM: Brighton 0-0 Manchester United
HALF-TIME AT THE AMEX STADIUM: Brighton 0-0 Manchester United
KICK-OFF AT THE AMEX STADIUM: Brighton 0-0 Manchester United
This clash concludes the fixture schedule for Matchday 34, with both sides eyeing three valuable points in their quest to qualify for European football next season.
Also, these teams are facing each other within the space of weeks, following their FA Cup semi-final encounter at Wembley last month. The Red Devils emerged victorious via penalties to advance into the Final, and no doubt the Seagulls will be targeting revenge tonight.
Coach Roberto de Zerbi rested a couple of his first-team members like Kaoru Mitoma and Solly March in their win last time out but expect the duo to be in the frame to take on the Red Devils, while the teenage sensation Julio Enciso offers another range of attacking option.
As for Manchester United, they will be looking to build on their 1-0 win over Aston Villa and further extend the four-point tally which separates them and fifth-placed Liverpool.
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