Brighton stun Man United with late Alexis Mac Allister penalty after VAR drama
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Brighton and Hove Albion have beaten Manchester United after a late penalty from Alexis Mac Allister.
After Liverpool’s narrow 1-0 win over Fulham on Wednesday night, United were looking to put seven points between themselves and Jurgen Klopp’s side with a victory at the Amex Stadium.
For Brighton, they are still in with a big shout of finishing in fifth place and securing a spot in next season’s Europa League after a brilliant season under Roberto De Zerbi.
The Seagulls were also looking to get revenge on United after their dramatic penalty shootout defeat in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley last month.
It was a frantic start under the lights at the Amex as both sides looked to create chances early doors.
Although neither team managed to find the breakthrough, it was still a very entertaining half of football as they went into the interval tied at 0-0.
In the second half, Brighton grew into the match as they looked the more likely side to get the go-ahead goal.
As the clock ticked towards the 90th minute, five minutes of added time were signalled.
Right at the death, after a corner was whipped into the box and cleared away, everyone thought that was the final act of the night.
However, a VAR check was going on for a potential handball against Luke Shaw.
Referee Andre Marriner was advised to visit the monitor and gave a penalty.
IN THE 99TH MINUTE BRIGHTON WIN IT! 🤯 pic.twitter.com/LjPshJOHLq— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 4, 2023
Brighton’s Argentine World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister stepped up and dispatched the spot kick, sending the Amex stadium into pandemonium.
Fans were quick to react on social media.
One said: “Mac Allister has ice in his veins.”
Another tweeted: “They really were v good. Hard not to be impressed.”
A third fan added: “Fully deserved the stand out side mac allister is a baller.”
Someone else wrote: “Beautiful scenes. They battered the london reds 2nd half. Well deserved.”
Whilst a fifth commented: “Well deserved, by far the better team.”
As a result of the victory, Brighton moved up to sixth place with 55 points, four points behind fifth-placed Liverpool with two games in hand.