Late Joachim Andersen's own goal saves Brighton against Palace

Brighton 1-1 Crystal Palace: Late Joachim Andersen’s own goal rescues point for Graham Potter’s men after Conor Gallagher stunned the Amex Stadium… and hosts missed penalty AND had goal ruled out by VAR

  • Brighton missed first half penalty as Jack Butland saved from Pascal Gross
  • Neal Maupay had goal ruled out by VAR just two minutes later 
  • Conor Gallagher scored against the run of play halfway through the second half 

The only surprise was that Brighton’s equaliser came so early.

Before Friday night, each of the previous three instalments of this curious rivalry had produced an last-gasp goal that changed the course of the match.

Here the twist came in the game’s relative nascence.

There were only 87 minutes on the clock when Neal Maupay worked space inside the box and sent in a low cross that Joachim Andersen put past his own goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Brighton rescued a late point against Crystal Palace courtesy of a late own goal

Joachim Andersen deflected the ball into his own net with three minutes left in the game

Brighton deserved the point for their efforts after missing a series of great chances

Until then, Crystal Palace had been on the verge of a grand heist.

Until then, Conor Gallagher’s second-half goal looked to have secured three points they never deserved – and further cemented his place in Palace folklore.

Until then, Brighton could find no way through Butland, who kept out Pascal Gross’ first-half penalty and made a string of fine saves.

In the end, Graham Potter’s side needed the help of Andersen’s stray leg. And that didn’t prove the end of the drama, which should come as no surprise.

During injury time, Danny Welbeck sent a header narrowly over before Tariq Lamptey tumbled in the box.

Brighton demanded a penalty and more last-gasp theatre. But neither referee Robert Jones nor VAR Stuart Attwell were convinced. 

They were probably right. As they were to give Brighton the penalty for Will Hughes’ foul on Joel Veltman. And to rule out a goal from Maupay moments later, when he bundled the ball out of Butland’s hands and into the net.

‘We’re disappointed we didn’t win but it was a really good performance, and a point that keeps us moving,’ Potter reflected. 

Conor Gallagher put Palace ahead against the run of play halfway through the second half

The midfielder’s goal sparked raucous celebration in the away end at the Amex Stadium

The Chelsea loanee has now scored seven Premier League goals so far this season

‘In the first half, especially, we were really dominant and if we’re honest we should have gone in a goal ahead.’

Palace, on the other hand, scored with their only shot on target. No wonder Patrick Vieira struck a different tone. ‘I think it’s a good draw, a point I’m happy with,’ the Palace boss said. ‘You have to give credit to Brighton for the way they played.’

It was shortly before half-time when smoke began billowing from Butland’s goal. A flare had been thrown by Palace supporters in a desperate attempt to keep Brighton at bay. For a few seconds more at least. The visitors had been teetering for some time before they conceded a penalty – and their supporters sent for pyrotechnics.

They needn’t have worried. Butland cleared the flare and then saved the spot-kick. It was a few seconds that summed up his night. One spent putting out fires and staying cool as the south coast crackled. He was never busier than during that bonkers six-minute spell in the first half when this game came to the boil.

Neal Maupay had a goal ruled out by VAR after he was deemed to have fouled Jack Butland

Referee Robert Jones checked the VAR monitor before disallowing the goal

Just minutes earlier Butland had saved Pascal Gross’ penalty to keep the score 0-0


BRIGHTON (4-2-2-2): Sanchez 6.5; Veltman 6.5 (Welbeck 73, 7), Webster 6, Burn 6.5, Cucurella 7; Lallana 6.5 (Lamptey 60, 6.5), Mac Allister 7.5; Gross 5 (March 73, 6), Moder 6.5; Maupay 7, Trossard 6

Subs not used: Scherpen, Alzate, Caicedo, Roberts, Leonard, Ferguson

Goals: Andersen OG 87 

Manager: Graham Potter 7

CRYSTAL PALACE (4-3-3): Butland 8; Ward 6.5, Andersen 5, Guehi 6, Mitchell 6; Gallagher 7, Hughes 5, Schlupp 6.5; Olise 6.5 (Benteke 81, 6), Edouard 6 (Mateta 66, 6), Eze 5.5 (Milivojevic 66, 6)

Subs not used: Guaita, Clyne, Kelly, Ferguson, Riedewald, Rak-Sakyi

Goals: Gallagher 69

Booked: Hughes, Eze 

Manager: Patrick Vieira 6

Ref: Robert Jones 6.5

First Attwell spotted something from Stockley Park that had eluded almost everyone inside this ground: from a Brighton corner, Hughes had tugged Veltman to the floor. 

After a glance at his monitor, Jones said penalty and Butland went about clearing his goal and keeping out Gross’ tame effort.

From a corner moments later, Butland gathered the ball just as Maupay rushed to meet it. 

The goalkeeper had it in both hands by the time they collided and the ball was dislodged en route into the net. Brighton celebrated until Attwell intervened once more.

By then, Potter’s side should have been a couple in front but Butland – on only his fourth league appearance for Palace – had been their scourge earlier on, too, when Leandro Trossard raced through on goal, only for his shot to bounce off the goalkeeper from close range.

‘He’s a really good character in the dressing room, I’m really pleased he had that performance,’ Vieira said of Butland.

Brighton frustrations only swelled after the break, when Jakub Moder’s curling effort clipped the crossbar and then Butland saved from the Poland international soon after.

Soon the AMEX’s resident cynics began to voice their sense that this might not be their night.

Those fears looked well-founded when, with virtually Palace’s first meaningful sniff at goal, Jeffrey Schlupp hooked the ball back towards Gallagher from the byline and the midfielder produced a fine finish from inside the area. 

Palace didn’t deserve the lead. But their fans didn’t care. They sent for more pyrotechnics. They should have known a twist would come.

Butland was busy in the first half, producing a smart save to deny Leandro Trossard

Before Jakub Moder went close to put Brighton ahead but clipped his finish wide

The Brighton midfielder was then denied by Butland early in the second half

 Relive all the action as it happened with Sportsmail’s live blog below.

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The spoils are shared on the south coast and with the draw Brighton move onto 28 points, edging ahead of Wolves on goal difference. Palace, meanwhile, are four points behind but moved past Southampton in 11th place.

That is all from us tonight, but stick around for the match report from the Amex which will follow shortly. 

There goes the final whistle and it’s all over at the Amex Stadium. There’s never a dull moment with this fixture, as Brighton for the second time this season rescue a point against Palace in the closing stages of the game. The Seagulls deserved the point for their efforts, while Palace came within three minutes of winning on their rivals’ turf for the third consecutive season.

Welbeck is inches away from giving Brighton a late lead. He meets March’s cross from the right with his header and, despite falling backward, manages to direct it towards goal but just over the bar.

Brighton have a corner, which is cleared by Benteke. The ball falls to March on the edge of the box, but he blasts his shot high and wide.

There are four minutes of injury time to play. Will we get a winner?

Brighton are level. Cuccurella feeds Maupay on the left and the Frenchman skips past Ward  before squaring the ball into the box, where Andersen diverts it past Butland into his own net. It’s incredibly harsh on the Palace defender, who had been one of the best players on the pitch tonight up until then, but on the balance of play you have to say Brighton deserve the goal.

VAR intervenes again as Burn and Hughes collide and tempers look briefly set to flare. The check is quickly over, largely as there was absolutely nothing to check. It was a perfectly normal coming together. Get on with it.

Christian Benteke comes on for Olise,

Welbeck looks to be an impact soon after coming on but just as he looks poised to head Lamptey’s delightful cross in the back of the net, Andersen flicks the ball away from him. Absolutely crucial piece of defending from the Palace man.

Here comes the cavalry for Brighton, as Danny Welbeck and Solly March replace Gross and Veltman. 

Palace lead! What a finish by Conor Gallagher. He is left unmarked on the penalty spot, but still has to compose himself and find the far corner, which he does beautifully. And, out of nowhere, Palace are ahead much to the delight of the traveling fans behind the goal Gallagher has just scored in. Brighton have had by far the better chances, but have failed to convert them and now could be paying the price.

Edouard’s race is run and he is replaced by Luka Milivojevic, while Jean-Philippe Mateta replaces Eze.

Brighton have a corner and go close to scoring yet again, as Webster heads Gross’ corner across the face of goal but there’s nobody in a blue and white shirt ready to follow the flick on and turn into something more meaningful.


Hughes gets himself booked after flying into a tackle on Mac Allister. 

‘This was a derby tackle. No doubt it is a yellow card,’ says Jamie Carragher and it’s hard to disagree with him.

Tarilq Lamptey replaces Adam Lallana, who looks to have picked up a knock.

Moder is inches away from putting Brighton ahead for the second time in a matter of minutes. Maupay backheels the ball into the path of Mac Allister, who prods it through for the oncoming Moder, but the Polish midfielder’s effort is parried by Butland. The Palace goalkeeper has so far more than vindicated Vieira’s decision to keep him in the starting XI.

They almost immediately do. Conor Gallagher, who has been relatively quiet so far, delivers a low cross from the right and Edouard times his arrival into the box to perfection but his sliding finish is straight at Sanchez, who saves superbly. 

What a chance for Brighton! Moder clips his finish just above the bar after some excellent work from Trossard, who collected a loose ball, found space on the right flank and teed up his teammate. Will Brighton live to regret this missed opportunities? 

The second half is underway at the Amex, with no changes for either team. For those of you who are into that sort of thing, Brighton were out on the pitch far earlier than Palace. Make of that what you will.

While Brighton and Palace have gone at each other for the last 45 minutes, two other rivals may not get to do so on Sunday after Arsenal have formally asked the Premier League to postpone their game against Tottenham on Sunday.

You can read all the details below.

Well that was eventful, but it remains 0-0 at the Amex. Brighton missed a penalty and had a goal ruled out by VAR within a couple of minutes, while Palace can thank Jack Butland for making two big saves.

Brighton look to have taken the lead after Neal Maupay bundled the ball over the line, only for VAR to intervene. The Frenchman was adjudged to have fouled Butland after the Palace goalkeeper spilled Webster’s header. The replays showed Butland did in fact have both his hands on the ball before running into the Brighton striker. It stays 0-0.

Jack Butland denies Pascal Gross from the spot. That’s some way to atone for his blunder against Millwall in the FA Cup, but Gross won’t want to see that penalty again. A tame effort hit straight down the middle of the goal.

Brighton have a penalty! Will Hughes penalised for putting his arm around Joel Veltman’s neck while defending a corner. It’s fair to say that Patrick Vieira is far from happy, while Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports is adamant it should be a penalty.

Michael Olise is sandwiched in between two Brighton defenders on the edge of the Seagulls box, but the referee waves play on. Olise stays down, but Brighton keep the ball in play, much to his and the Palace fans’ annoyance. Still all square with 30 mins played.

The Palace back four seems to be at sixes and sevens almost every time Brighton have the ball. This time is thanks to Jakub Moder, who scampers to the right byline before pulling an inviting ball back, which is cleared by Joel Ward. Neal Maupay is first to the rebound but shots harmlessly across goal. Brighton are finding a lot of joy down their right hand-side so far.

Michael Olise whips in a delightful ball in the Brighton box after some neat passing, but Odsonne Edouard strays just offside and the move comes to nothing

Palace are slowly looking to get a foothold in the game. The visitors have won a couple corners and Odsonne Edouard had a very tame effort saved by Robert Sanchez. Encouraging signs for Patrick Vieira’s men after Brighton were clearly on top in the opening exchanges.

What a chance for Brighton. Trossard is clean through on goal after a mistake from Joel Ward, but Jack Butland denies the Brighton man with a smart stop. The Palace defender will be mightily relieved as his loose header could have proved very costly for his team.

Brighton have started better of the two teams. Leandro Trossard can’t get his shot away following a clever cutback from Alexis Mac Allister.

Right, then. Here we go. Both teams take a knee and Brighton vs Palace is underway. 

With 27 points after 19 league games, Brighton have matched their highest tally at this stage of a top-flight season and Neal Maupay’s goals have been a major reason for their success. The Frenchman has already scored seven times in the Premier League and his impact has been felt on the Seagulls, as Jamie Carragher just explained on Sky Sports.

‘It’s the finishing,’ Carragher said. ‘Neal Maupay is one goal away from the number of goals he got in the whole of last season so that shows the difference at that end of the pitch.

Palace may have won in their last two visits to Brighton, but their away form of late has left plenty to be desired. The Eagles’ 2-0 win against league leaders Manchester City in October remains their only victory away from home in 11 attempts.

More worryingly for Patrick Vieira, in three of those defeats Palace failed to score.


Speaking of late goals, Brighton manager Graham Potter believes his side have developed a fighting spirit akin to Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous Manchester United teams.

‘It’s an important thing to have as a team,’ Potter told the BBC. ‘If you remember Manchester United and ‘Fergie time’, good teams keep things going and get things at the end of matches.’

Palace and Brighton met at the end of September at Selhurst in a game that produced a dramatic finish. 

Patrick Vieira’s men took the lead just before the break courtesy of a Wilfried Zaha penalty, only for Neal Maupay to score a 95th minute equaliser that sent the away end into raptures.

Brighton have made a habit of scoring late goals this season, earning draws away at Southampton and Chelsea in the same fashion. 

Palace have won on their last two trips to the Amex Stadium, but have never won a Premier League game played on a Friday.

The visitors make just one change to the side that beat Millwall 2-1 in the FA Cup on Saturday, as Odsonne Edouard comes in to replace Jean-Philippe Mateta. Meanwhile, Eberechi Eze makes his first Premier League start since May last year, following a lengthy injury layoff. 

Starting XI: Butland, Ward, Mitchell, Guehi, Olise, Eze, Hughes, Schlupp, Andersen, Edouard, Gallagher.

Substitutes: Guaita, Milivojevic, Mateta, Clyne, Benteke, Kelly, Ferguson, Riedewald, Rak-Saki.

Brighton make seven changes to the team that won away at West Brom in the FA Cup last week. Danny Welbeck, Solly March and Steven Alzate are on the bench while Shane Duffy is not in the squad.,

Starting XI: Sanchez, Cucurella, Webster, Maupay, Mac Allister, Trossard, Gross, Lallana, Moder, Burn, Veltman.

Substitutes: Scherpen, Lamptey, Alzate, Welbeck, March, Caicedo, Roberts, Leonard, Ferguson.

While we wait for the official line-ups, here’s some early team news. Lewis Dunk is recovering well from a knee injury but tonight’s game is expected to come too soon for the Brighton captain, while Yves Bissouma is unavailable as he is currently at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Palace have a trio on international duty themselves, with Wilfried Zaha, Jordan Ayew and Cheikhou Kouyate all unavailable. James McArthur and James Tomkins, meanwhile, are both set to miss out through injury.

Good evening, everyone! Welcome along to Sportsmail’s live coverage of tonight’s Premier League action, with Brighton hosting Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium.

Both teams booked their spot in the fourth round of the FA Cup last weekend, courtesy of away wins against Championship opponents. Brighton won 2-1 at West Bromwich, while Palace overcame a Jack Butland howler to beat Millwall by the same scoreline.  

The Seagulls are looking for a first Premier League win against their rivals in almost three years and arrive into the game on the back of two wins and a draw in their last three league outings.

The visitors, on the other hand, have won on both of their last two trips to the Amex but have won just one of their last four Premier League outings. 

We’ll bring you minute by minute updates from the match, and the team news as soon as it drops at in just under 10 minutes. 

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