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Brighton 1 – 0 A villa

Joao Pedro scored a late winner to halt Aston Villa’s bid to qualify for the Champions League as Brighton deservedly claimed a 1-0 win at the Amex Stadium.

Villa had the chance to move ten points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham with a win, while they suffered a defeat to their top four rivals against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon. Air sportswould secure them fourth.

But Unai Emery’s side looked jaded after their defeat to Olympiacos in midweek, with the out-of-form hosts denied the opening goal during the second half by VAR when Pascal Gross was ruled offside.

Villa’s John McGinn then found the net, but he too was offside before Brighton deservedly claimed the points. Pedro headed in the rebound after his penalty that the brilliant Robin Olsen had saved.

Villa remain fourth, seven points above Spurs, who have two games in hand.

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Joao Pedro gets his penalty saved against Robin Olsen, but scores from the rebound

What’s next?

Brighton have three games left in their season. They go to Newcastle on Saturday, May 11, starting at 3 p.m., before the hosting Chelsea on Wednesday, May 15, starting at 7:45 PM. Brighton then finishes at home Manchester United on Sunday, May 19, starting at 4 p.m.

Aston Villa travel to Olympiacos for the second leg of the Europa Conference League semi-final on Thursday, May 9, starting at 8 p.m. They then appear Monday night football at home on May 13 Liverpoollive on Air sports. Kick-off 8:00 PM. Unai Emery’s side end the season on Crystal Palace on May 19, starting at 4 p.m.

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