Brighton 2-1 Leicester: Neal Maupay and Danny Welbeck send Seagulls third after VAR thwarts Foxes | Football news
Brighton climbed to third in the fledgling Premier League table after Neal Maupay’s disputed penalty and Danny Welbeck’s header sealed a 2-1 victory over Leicester in an eventful encounter.
Maupay’s 35th-minute free kick was controversially awarded with Jannik Vestergaard punished for handball but apparently held up by the Seagulls striker, but Welbeck’s second-half header (50) was a legitimate reward for their domination.
Jamie Vardy completed his 250th Premier League appearance to give the visitors a lifeline (61), but, after relinquishing a two-goal Europa League lead in midweek, the Foxes have had to regret further decisions by way of back of their own was knocked down in a soggy Amex stadium.
Ademola Lookman was refused after a VAR check in the 67th minute with Harvey Barnes being ruled offside, and Barnes was found guilty of another offense when Wilfred Ndidi passed Robert Sanchez with just five minutes to go.
Brighton, who are just one point from the top, extend their best start to a top season with four out of five wins, while Leicester, who worked hard until Lookman’s introduction in the second half time, occupies 12th place with only two wins in their first matches.
Brighton: Sanchez (7), Cucurella (8), Dunk (7), Duffy (8), Veltman (7), March (7), Bissouma (7), Trossard (7), Lallana (6), Maupay (7), Welbeck (7).
Subscribers: Mwepu (6), Burn (6), Moder (n / a).
Leicester: Schmeichel (6), Pereira (7), Soyuncu (5), Vestergaard (5), Bertrand (5), Ndidi (6), Tielemans (6), Soumare (6), Maddison (4), Barnes (5), Vardy (6).
Subscribers: Lookman (8), Castagne (6), Iheanacho (6).
Man of the match: Marc Cucurella
How Brighton sank and VAR turned down Leicester
After generous applause in tribute to the late Jimmy Greaves, the teams established a steady pace on a slippery surface, with Youri Tielemans shooting right off after a neat one-touch move involving Barnes and Vardy.
- Brighton: made a change, with Solly March coming in for Adam Webster. Tariq Lamptey was named to the bench after a long injury absence.
- Leicester: gave Boubakary Soumare a first start, while Ricardo Pereira returned, along with three players rested in Europe midweek – Jamie Vardy, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison.
Brighton hadn’t beaten Leicester in eight Premier League attempts, but the Foxes, frustrated with Napoli on Thursday, failed to shoot on target in the first half and Graham Potter’s side gained confidence.
The impressive Marc Cucurella tackled Maupay after a nutmeg and slide rule pass, before a hollowed out cross found his way to Adam Lallana, who created a yard with a dummy but shot well at the above the bar.
Leandro Trossard tested Kasper Schmeichel from an angle, but the breakthrough Brighton had threatened came under controversial circumstances, with Shane Duffy moving towards Vestergaard’s outstretched arm, although the defender appears to have been restrained and hampered by Maupay him -same.
Referee Stuart Attwell consulted only his assistant rather than the touchline monitor, but VAR upheld his decision and Maupay sent Schmeichel the wrong way for his third goal of the season.
Welbeck beat Vardy at the near post shortly after the restart, stealing a header from Trossard’s free-kick, but the always-green forward was not ready to let go.
Lookman was involved in the preparation with a clever back flick as Leicester fired back in style, with Vardy meeting Tielemans’ handsome cut cross at close range for his 150th Foxes goal.
The momentum looked firmly with Leicester, but although the visitors appeared to have secured an equalizer when Lookman hit the back of the net this was ruled out after VAR again upheld the flag-field decision offside, with Barnes being tried in Sanchez’s line of sight.
Caglar Soyuncu headed wide inside the box with just over 10 minutes to go as Leicester kept the pressure looking for a leveler while Barnes saw his shot deflected off the bar.
Leicester eventually appeared to have equalized by the header from Ndidi but Barnes was on trial for hampering Sanchez for the second time and Brighton held on, Duffy and Lewis Dunk generally persisted as the Foxes’ late charge came to an end. proved to be futile.
- Brighton recorded their first league win against Leicester since April 2014 in the Championship (without a win in eight against the Foxes before today) and their first in the top flight since April 1981.
- With 12 points in five games, Brighton have had their best league start since 2015-16 in the league (13), despite being their best points total after five games in a season high level.
- Leicester have lost six of their last nine Premier League (W3) games, as many defeats as in their previous 25 league games.
- Only Glenn Murray (26) has scored more Premier League goals for Brighton than Neal Maupay (21, five from penalty).
- Danny Welbeck has scored five Premier League goals for Brighton in 2021, his best comeback in a single calendar year since 2017 (5), the last one scoring more in 2014 (7).
- Jamie Vardy scored his 150th goal for Leicester in all competitions; only Arthur Chandler (273), Arthur Rowley (265) and Ernie Hine (156) have marked more in the history of the club.
Brighton host Swansea in the Carabao Cup third round on Wednesday, before heading to Crystal Palace for Monday night football September 27.
Leicester face a trip to Millwall in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday and return to the Premier League at home against Burnley on Saturday 25 September.