Marseille 2-2 Brighton: Joao Pedro Penalty Secures Historic Draw

Marseille 2-2 Brighton: Joao Pedro Penalty Secures Historic Draw

Brighton & Hove Albion is still seeking their inaugural European victory, but they provided their fans with an exhilarating experience during their frenzied 2-2 draw against Marseille on Thursday evening. Initially, the home team took a 2-0 lead due to Brighton’s mistakes, but the Premier League side made a strong comeback. Their determination paid off as they secured a late point.

Two disastrous defensive lapses in as many minutes, mid-way through the first half turned a tricky tie for Brighton into an almighty challenge. It proved to be one the Seagulls were equal to, as they came back from two goals down to claim their first ever points in European competition.
For Marseille‚Äôs first goal, Chancel Mbemba found himself in the middle of the box with plenty of space. The defender swiped home a ball from Jonathan Clauss that shouldn’t have ever made it through from the right.
Less than two minutes later and it was 2-0 to the home side. A swing and a miss from Brighton captain Lewis Dunk after receiving the ball straight from the kick-off saw Marseille charging at Brighton again. Amine Harit put Jordan Veretout through, who sidefooted past Jason Steele.

Brighton twice came close to getting a goal back as the half drew to a close. First from Ansu Fati, who got his head onto a sneaky ball over the top and forced a good save from Pau Lopez, then from Danny Welbeck, who leapt onto another fine pass and called the keeper into action again.

Marseille 2-2 Brighton: Joao Pedro Penalty Secures Historic Draw

In the second half it was like a different Brighton, as the away team looked to impose themselves on the game and get an early goal back. After several passages of positive play, that goal came thanks to a brilliant run from Tariq Lamptey down the left, past several Marseille defenders and into the box. He cut the ball back to Pascal Gross who was perfectly positioned in the middle, and the German midfielder slotted home.
Brighton earned their equaliser from the penalty spot on 86 minutes, after more strong attacking saw Jonathan Clauss tread on the foot of Tariq Lamptey. Joao Pedro slotted away the spot kick with ease.

Brighton actively pursued the winning goal and appeared to be the more probable team to achieve it, but ultimately had to accept a draw. This result will likely be viewed as gaining one point rather than squandering two.


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