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João Pedro’s Late Goal Lifts Brighton Over Aston Villa

João Pedro's Late Goal Lifts Brighton Over Aston Villa

Brighton’s João Pedro struck late to secure a crucial victory over Aston Villa, dealing a blow to Villa’s Champions League aspirations. The match unfolded against the backdrop of Villa’s recent struggles, including a midweek defeat to Olympiakos. Unai Emery’s side, fatigued from their previous match, failed to match their manager’s intensity, allowing Brighton to capitalize.

The decisive moment came when Ezri Konsa’s tired tackle led to a late penalty for Brighton. Although Robin Olsen saved João Pedro’s initial spot-kick, the Brazilian capitalized on the rebound to give Brighton the lead. It was Brighton’s first goal since March, highlighting their recent struggles.

Brighton, who had endured a winless streak of six matches, found renewed vigor against Villa. Despite injuries and Europa League distractions, manager Roberto De Zerbi’s side displayed resilience and determination. Pascal Gross and John McGinn both had goals disallowed by VAR, but Brighton maintained control throughout the game.

Villa, on the other hand, struggled to create meaningful opportunities. Ollie Watkins, aiming for his 20th league goal, was kept at bay by Brighton’s defense. Despite some promising bursts forward, Villa lacked cohesion in attack.

As the game progressed, Brighton continued to press forward, with João Pedro and Simon Adingra causing problems for Villa’s defense. Although chances came and went for both teams, it was Brighton who ultimately capitalized on their opportunities.

In the end, João Pedro’s late goal proved decisive, securing a much-needed victory for Brighton. As the final whistle blew, Villa’s Champions League hopes took a hit, while Brighton celebrated a hard-fought win.

Credit: Guardian Sport

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