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Brighton beat Villa 1-0 to complete winless run – FBC News

(Source: Reuters)

Brighton & Hove Albion snapped a six-match winless run in the Premier League as they beat Aston Villa 1-0 at home on Sunday after Joao Pedro scored an 87th-minute winner in a scrappy affair.

With time running out, Brighton’s Simon Adingra won the decisive penalty, allowing Joao Pedro to score his 20th goal of the season in all competitions and give the home side a much-needed boost amid a drastic dip in domestic form.

The result moved Brighton up to 11th on 47 points, while Villa are fourth on 67 points as they continue to wait for a place in next season’s Champions League, while fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur are still in the hunt.

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Adingra had been Brighton’s busiest player all game. He had tested the goalkeeper and created many chances, but Villa’s deputy custodian Robin Olsen made several saves to keep his side in the match.

Olsen’s best save came when he denied Pascal Gross late in the first half after being put through by Adingra, while the German midfielder also had a goal disallowed by VAR for marginal offside in the 68th minute.

But Adingra’s persistence eventually paid off and the Ivorian winger, who had continually tormented Villa’s Ezri Konsa, finally got the upper hand over the full-back when he tripped as the referee pointed to the spot.

Although Olsen saved Joao Pedro’s penalty, he could do nothing as the Brazilian headed in the rebound to spark celebrations at the American Express Stadium.