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Brighton Secure Vital Win Over Aston Villa with Late Joao Pedro Goal

Posted : 05 May 2024

Brighton & Hove Albion broke their six-match winless streak in the Premier League with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Aston Villa at home on Sunday. The decisive moment came in the 87th minute when Joao Pedro capitalized on a rebound after his initial penalty was saved by Villa's stand-in goalkeeper, Robin Olsen, securing his 20th goal of the season across all competitions in a gritty encounter.


Throughout the match, Simon Adingra proved to be Brighton's most active player, persistently pressing forward and ultimately earning the penalty late in the second half. It was his determined effort in the box that led to a foul from Villa's Ezri Konsa, prompting the referee to award the spot-kick that paved the way for Brighton's victory.


Despite Olsen's valiant efforts to keep Villa in contention with a series of crucial saves, he was unable to prevent Joao Pedro's decisive header from finding the back of the net. The win propelled Brighton to 11th place in the league standings with 47 points, while Villa remains in fourth place with 67 points, still vying for a coveted spot in next season's Champions League, with fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur closely trailing behind.


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