One of European football’s more peculiar rivalries ended all square on England’s south coast on Friday night, with Brighton scraping a late equaliser to frustrate Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
Despite their geographic distance, Palace and Brighton have a fierce rivalry, and each would have been desperate to avoid defeat at the Falmer Stadium.
The hosts were well on top from start to finish and boasted 65 percent of the possession stats, but Crystal Palace didn’t need much of the ball to score with their first and only shot on target, coming through promising starlet Conor Gallagher in the 69th minute.
A cross into Brighton‘s area found Jeffrey Schlupp. He was then able to turn at the near post and tee up the young midfielder to emphatically finish from close range.
But Brighton kept knocking and finally, having had 19 shots without luck, the found themselves level through a Joachim Andersen own goal. Neal Maupay found space inside the box and sent in a low centred cross which Andersen was unlucky to have deflect off him in the six-yard box and past Jack Butland in goal.
The result leaves Brighton in eighth place on 28 points, just behind Manchester United in seventh. Palace, for their part, are on 24 points and find themselves in 11th.