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Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton: Maupay snatches last-gasp point in derby


The Eagles looked set to hold on for victory under the lights in south London after a late first-half penalty won by the excellent Conor Gallagher was converted coolly by Wilfried Zaha, who notched his eighth career goal against Brighton.

However, Maupay had other ideas and popped up with a fine finish over Vicente Guaita in the 95th minute to spark pandemonium in the away end, with tempers flaring at the final whistle.

Palace made much the brighter start to proceedings, with their aggressive approach and constant high pressing forcing Brighton into errors.

Jordan Ayew and Gallagher both saw early efforts blocked behind, while full debutant Odsonne Edouard’s effort was easily gathered by Robert Sanchez.

Luka Milivojevic – starting for the first time this season – tried to catch out the Colombian goalkeeper with a sneaky free-kick to the front post that flew wide, though Brighton then began to come back into the contest as Leandro Trossard flicked Pascal Gross’ cutback into the side netting.

Danny Welbeck was sent through by a route-one ball from Sanchez, but could not beat Vincente Guaita and was denied a penalty after feeling his heel was clipped by Danny Ward.

However, referee Andre Marriner did point to the spot at the other end at the stroke of half-time after the menacing Gallagher cut into the box and was pushed off balance by Marc Cucurella before being clumsily barged over by Leandro Trossard.

Zaha sent Sanchez the wrong way from the spot to net for the fifth straight home derby against Brighton at Selhurst.

Guaita was called into action again early in the second half when he tipped Lewis Dunk’s header from a free-kick over the crossbar.


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