The Seagulls overcome United 1-0 to seal a league double after United defeated Erik ten Hag’s team in their season opener but suffered a heartbreaking loss on penalties in the FA Cup semifinal last month at Wembley.
Thursday saw Brighton exact some sweet vengeance for their FA Cup semifinal loss to Manchester United. The visitors’ chances of making the Champions League were dashed when Alexis Mac Allister successfully converted a penalty in the 99th minute.
Until Luke Shaw’s mistake deep into stoppage time, elegant Brighton controlled play but without an athletic edge. The Seagulls overcome United 1-0 to clinch a league double. United defeated Erik ten Hag’s team in their season opener but suffered a heartbreaking loss on penalties in the FA Cup semifinal last month at Wembley.
United is still in the hunt for the final league qualifying slot in the English Premier League. It is four points clear of Liverpool in fifth with a game remaining, while Brighton has moved up to sixth. Roberto De Zerbi, the manager of Brighton, stated: “There is a God of football.”
“Today we won via a penalty, even though we deserve to win the semifinal match but lost on penalties. I believe we performed better than United in both games. Ten Hag lamented his team’s poor finishing but insisted that United still controlled their fate. Also read:Barcelona beats 10-man Osasuna with the help of Jordi Alba’s goal.
The disgruntled Dutchman remarked, “We have to finish the chances, be more clinical, and don’t make errors that like did like in the last seconds. “Everything is in our hands, and we must recover. We must use the lessons we’ve learned from tonight and go forward.
In the first minutes of a thrilling game at the Amex Stadium, both teams missed clear-cut opportunities. In just the second minute, Bruno Fernandes placed United’s Brazilian winger Antony through, but he wasted the opportunity to shoot wide. Two minutes later, David de Gea was struck in the face by Kaoru Mitoma of Japan, who had intercepted a sloppy pass over the defensive line at the opposite end and had entered the box.
In the 13th minute, the vivacious Mitoma danced into the area once more but was unable to complete the move, putting United in the right-back position of Aaron Wan-Bissaka under intense pressure. The majority of possession was going to the home team, who were ecstatic after beating the Wolves 6-0, but United looked threatening on the break.
The outstanding Jason Steele, the custodian for Brighton, made a good save at his near post on a shot from Marcus Rashford that was taken from a tight angle.
The unsung Hero Alexis Mac Allister
At one end, Anthony Martial’s attempt was blocked by Steele, while World Cup champion Mac Allister of Argentina missed De Gea’s goal. In the opening minutes of the second half, De Zerbi’s squad was once again in control, but Mitoma & Danny Welbeck were responsible for squandering opportunities. The game grew scrappier as the first half went on, which suited United, who were finding it difficult to find their rhythm, but Brighton came out on top in the final moments.
De Gea produced a brilliant stop in the closing seconds of the game to block a Mac Allister shot, puffing out his lips in relief. However, the home team had one last opportunity after Shaw was called for a handball after VAR intervention, and Mac Allister wasted no time in launching the ball higher into the net.
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