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Solly March scored a screamer to ensure Brighton take their second win of the season despite a controversial decision to reverse a penalty in injury time.

March was adjusted to have fouled Trezeguet in the box by Michael Oliver. But after a VAR check, Michael Oliver looked at the on-field screen and reversed his decision as it appears March got the deftest of touches on the ball before collision.

Brighton scored the opener after weathering the early Villa storm. Lallana drew all the defenders into his own half before sending Welbeck on, who ran from the halfway line to chip the oncoming Martinez in the 12th minute.

Both teams will rue their missed opportunities in the first half. Maupay had a one on one chance saved, whereas at the other end the Brighton defence stayed resolute to save multiple attempts on the goal line.

Villa equalised at the start of the second half as Brighton’s defence crumbled as Konsa was left unmarked to tap in a delightful Grealish cross. Brighton have now conceded 9 nine goals from set pieces this season, the most in the league.

Solly March scored a beautiful goal on his weaker foot to give Brighton 3 points. Gross fizzed the ball across the penalty box and March smashed it first time into the top right corner in the 56th minute. Brighton finished the game with 10 men as Tariq Lamptey was given two yellow cards in 3 minutes, but the defence stood strong to keep a frustrated Villa at bay.  

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July 2024