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Brighton stun Man Utd to climb into top four

16 Sep 2023
Brighton

Seagulls enjoy 3-1 success while Spurs, Man City and Villa produce comeback wins and Fulham beat Luton

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Brighton & Hove Albion secured a fourth consecutive Premier League victory over Manchester United with a hugely impressive 3-1 win at Old Trafford.

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Man Utd started brightly and dominated the early exchanges but fell behind when one of their former players, Danny Welbeck, gave Brighton the lead.

Simon Adingra’s low cross from the right was cleverly left by Adam Lallana and Welbeck was on hand to score his first goal of the season with Brighton’s first shot on target.

The Seagulls doubled their lead through Pascal Gross, who netted for a second successive season at Old Trafford. Set up by Tariq Lamptey, the German feinted past Lisandro Martinez and then fired into the bottom left corner.

It got even better for Brighton as substitute Joao Pedro made it 3-0 on 71 minutes, before Hannibal Mejbri reduced the deficit two minutes later.

Ansu Fati nearly enjoyed a dream Brighton debut when he raced into the penalty area, but he was denied by an excellent save from Andre Onana.

An outstanding win for Brighton takes them up to fourth with 12 points, while Man Utd have lost three of their opening five Premier League matches for the first time.

See: Comeback kings Liverpool beat Wolves to extend unbeaten run

The top six

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
1 Man City MCI 38 +62 91
2 Arsenal ARS 38 +62 89
3 Liverpool LIV 38 +45 82
4 Aston Villa AVL 38 +15 68
5 Spurs TOT 38 +13 66
6 Chelsea CHE 38 +14 63
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Trailing to Gustavo Hamer's goal and with seven minutes of stoppage time gone, substitute Richarlison's header from Ivan Perisic's corner brought Spurs level.

It was his 50th goal in the league, a landmark that makes him only the third Brazilian in the competition's history after Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus to reach that tally.

Dejan Kulusevski then sealed the incredible comeback in the 10th minute of stoppage time when he found the top corner from Richarlison's pass.

The Blades suffered further disappointment at the end as Oli McBurnie was sent off for two bookable offences.

Spurs continue their impressive start to the season, staying second in the table with 13 points.

City come from behind to stay perfect

Manchester City claimed a hard-fought 3-1 victory against West Ham United to continue their winning start to the season.

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Man City nearly claimed an early lead when a corner resulted in several saves by Alphonse Areola and another shot being cleared off the line. Erling Haaland then somehow missed the target as he met a low cross less than six yards out.

West Ham took advantage of those let-offs as James Ward-Prowse’s excellent diving header from Vladimir Coufal’s cross put the hosts in front.

Haaland missed another chance when his effort was cleared off the line. But City eventually reacted through Jeremy Doku, who scored his first Man City goal 43 seconds into the second half.

Bernardo Silva then lobbed the ball over Areola from close range after an excellent pass over the top of the West Ham defence from Julian Alvarez to put City in front.

And Haaland finally got his goal four minutes from time, taking a pass from Silva and thundering the ball into the bottom right corner.

City remain top with five wins from five, having inflicted West Ham's first defeat of the season.

See: Newcastle halt losing run ahead of European return

Villa secure ninth consecutive home win

Aston Villa emulated Spurs with a late comeback win, as three goals after the 87th minute secured a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.

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Ollie Watkins had a great chance to give the hosts the lead when he raced through on goal but was thwarted by Sam Johnstone.

Villa thought they had gone in front through Moussa Diaby after he latched onto a superb long-range pass from Pau Torres, but the goal was overturned following a VAR review, with the Frenchman found to be offside.

Instead it was Palace who took the lead through Odsonne Edouard when he received a pass from Jean-Philippe Mateta from the right to slot under Emiliano Martinez.

But Villa eventually broke Palace’s resistance thanks to a wonderful equaliser from Jhon Duran. And as Palace thought they were heading for a point, in the third minute of stoppage time Watkins was fouled by Chris Richards for a penalty to Villa.

Douglas Luiz converted to put the hosts in front before Leon Bailey rounded off the scoring from Diaby’s cross.

Villa have now won for a ninth consecutive home match in the league, while Palace taste their first defeat of the season.

Fulham off the mark at home

Carlos Vinicius scored the decisive goal three minutes after coming off the bench to give Fulham a 1-0 win over Luton Town.

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The Brazilian tapped in from close range after Thomas Kaminski failed to clear Willian’s cross.

Luton didn't have many chances to score but came close through Jacob Brown, whose header struck the frame of the goal in the first half.

Fulham end a three-match winless run to secure their first victory at home this season. Luton still wait for their first points of the campaign.

See: Newcastle halt losing run ahead of European return

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