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Brighton 1-0 Aston Villa: Joao Pedro penalty stops Villa’s attack on Champions League | Football news

Report and free match highlights as Brighton end six-match winless run with win over Aston Villa; Morgan Rogers had to leave with an injury in the first half; Pascal Gross’s goal in the second half is disallowed by VAR for offside; Joao Pedro scores late winner after penalty saved

22:08, UK, Sunday May 05, 2024

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.

However, Villa need a maximum of three points from their last two games against Liverpool and Crystal Palace to secure fourth place after Spurs lost 4-2 at Liverpool on Sunday.

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 a game in hand.

Player Ratings:

Brighton: Verbruggen (7), Webster (7), Dunk (7), Igor (7), Veltman (7), Gilmour (7), Gross (7), Adingra (8), Pedro (8), Buonanotte (6), Welbeck (6).

subtitles: Enciso (6), Baleba (n/a), Moder (n/a), Barco (n/a).

Astonvilla: Olsen (8), Konsa (5), Torres (6), Carlos (6), Digne (6), Bailey (6), Diaby (6), Luiz (6), Rogers (6), McGinn (6), Watkins (6).

subtitles: Cash (6), Duran (6), Moreno (n/a), Chambers (n/a).

Player of the match: Simon Adingra

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How Brighton turned Villa upside down

Joao Pedro scores from the rebound after initially missing his penalty

Brighton winger Simon Adingra was the best player throughout and he forced Olsen, who came on excellently for the injured Emi Martinez, to make an early save.

Villa struggled to find a rhythm which was further hampered when the in-form Morgan Rogers had to leave in the 24th minute with a muscle injury.

Ollie Watkins showed his quality with a lovely ball to deny Adam Webster, but Villa saw very little of the Brighton goal and all the action came at the other end.

Team news:

  • Brighton made three changes from 3-0 at Bournemouth last weekend, with Adam Webster, Joel Veltman and Danny Welbeck coming on for Odeluga Offiah, Valentin Barco and Mark O’Mahony.
  • Robin Olsen started in goal for Aston Villa, while Emi Martinez was still sidelined through injury. Pau Torres and Diego Carlos replaced Matty Cash and Clement Lenglet.

The hosts had two chances in added time, with Adingra failing to direct a cross past Olsen before the Villa goalkeeper made a crucial save from Gross from close range.

Olsen continued his good form in the second half as Adingra played Joao Pedro through on goal and the striker was denied by the towering goalkeeper.

Brighton thought they had finally taken the lead when Gross came in from Igor’s left cross, but the goal was disallowed after a lengthy VAR check.

Villa then saw McGinn’s strike marked offside as he tucked home after the ball rebounded to him in the penalty area, while Brighton striker Danny Welbeck saw his header fall wide.

Brighton pushed for a winner and got their reward when Adingra got the wrong side of Ezri Konsa and went down in the penalty area. Olsen dived to the right and kept out Pedro’s penalty, but the ball stayed upright for the Brighton striker to head home.

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The Zerbi: We didn’t play the real Villa

Roberto De Zerbi says experience will help his younger players develop

Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi said:

“I’m proud because we played a great game against one of the best teams in the Premier League. They are fourth and playing against Unai Emery is very tough. We played a good game and deserved to win.”

“We could have scored more goals, but to be honest Villa were not the real Villa. Maybe they were tired. I can understand that because they played on Thursday evening and have a lot of injuries. Before that they could not be the real Aston Villa.

“In the defensive phase we played very well, but also in the attacking phase we created many chances to score. We made mistakes in the last part of the field, we have to be better, but we are unlucky because (Robin ) Olsen was the best player for Villa.”

Emery: We couldn’t repeat Arsenal’s heroics

Aston Villa boss Unai Emery was keen to focus on the positives after their loss

Aston Villa manager Unai Emery said:

“(Fatigue) is not an excuse for us. We lost and didn’t deserve more. We participated and were focused. We tried to take our chances.

“They created more chances than us and corners. We needed the goalkeeper and Robin Olsen played fantastic. The most important thing now is to recover the players.

“Two weeks ago we played against Arsenal, in more or less the same conditions, and we won there. Today we didn’t do it and we got a good result. We didn’t deserve more, but we are positive, happy and proud. of our work.”

Opta Stats: Villa limited to two shots

  • Joao Pedro’s goal was his 20th of the season, making him the first player to score more than 20 goals in a single season for Brighton in all competitions since Glenn Murray in 2016/17 (23).
  • Brighton have defeated Aston Villa at home in the Premier League for the first time, and at home in all competitions for the first time since December 1980, ending an eight-match winless run at home to the Villans (D4 L4) since a 1-match . -0 win at the Goldstone Ground under Alan Mullery.
  • Aston Villa had just two shots against Brighton, their fewest in a Premier League match since May 2016 against Newcastle United (also two), while they only had fewer shots in the competition against Manchester United in August 2005 (1) (as of 2003) . -04).
  • Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi picked up his fifth booking of the season, with no manager in the Premier League receiving more tickets than him this season (Mikel Arteta also with 5). In total, De Zerbi has now picked up eleven cards in the competition during his time at Brighton, with the Italian also receiving the most cards in the Premier League last season (6 – 4 yellow, 2 red).

Fantasy Premier League Stats

FPL Stats: Brighton vs Aston Villa

Goals Pedro
Assists no
Bonus points Olsen (3 points), Webster (2 points), Dunk (1 points)

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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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