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Andersen’s late own goal gives Brighton a point against Crystal Palace

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Brighton overcame a missed penalty and disallowed goal to salvage a 1-1 draw with rivals Crystal Palace thanks to a late Joachim Andersen own goal

Albion faced a bitter defeat after Conor Gallagher gave Palace an undeserved second-half lead with his seventh goal of the season.

But the Eagles failed to take all three points in Sussex for a third straight season when Andersen accidentally deflected the ball into his own net with three minutes remaining.

Seagulls midfielder Pascal Gross had seen a poor first-half penalty saved by Jack Butland before Neal Maupay had to rule out a close shot for a foul on the Palace goalkeeper just moments later.

VAR was at the center of the drama and referee Robert Jones consulted the pitchside monitor before either decision was made.

Butland was in fine form to keep Patrick Vieira’s visitors in contention.

In addition to making the first-ever penalty save of his top-flight career, the former England international produced fine stops to save Leandro Trossard and Jakub Moder, while the latter also hit the bar.

The entertaining stalemate on the south coast put Brighton in eighth place on goal difference, three places and four points clear of their opponents.

Palace made the short trip south to continue their fine form of recent on this ground but were second best for most of the evening.

Supported by a vociferous home crowd, Brighton dominated possession and repeatedly pushed the away side back with high-intensity play.

Trossard, one of seven Seagulls players recalled after last weekend’s FA Cup win at West Brom, should have put the hosts ahead within 10 minutes.

A poor error by Eagles captain Joel Ward resulted in Marc Cucurella Trossard dashing on goal, but his attempt was repelled by a great save from Butland.

Palace offered little attacking threat in the early stages and were re-signed to Butland during a crazy two-minute period where VAR took center stage.

The game came to life when match official Jones was called to the fieldside monitor after Joel Veltman was found to have been fouled in the area of ​​a corner by Will Hughes.

Gross stepped forward to take the resulting penalty but his tame attempt was conveniently blocked by Butland.

The accompanying Palace fans, who lobbed a flare before Gross’s free-kick, were barely celebrating the save when Maupay slotted the ball into the net a minute later.

France striker Maupay – who scored a dramatic equalizer at Selhurst Park in September – drove away enthusiastically after firing from close range, only for the referee to rule that he had knocked the ball out of Butland’s hands after he threw a had seen repetition.

Aside from not making a breakthrough, Albion boss Graham Potter could have few complaints about his side’s first-half performance.

The Seagulls quickly shrugged off frustration to regain their dominance early in the second period.

Poland midfielder Moder scored a right-winger volley off the crossbar after a Gross cut-back before being later thwarted by another superb save from Butland.

Between those near misses, Seagulls stopper Robert Sanchez was finally called into action when he stopped Adam Webster from deflecting the ball into his own net under pressure from Odsonne Edouard.

Brighton’s waste was punished in the 69th minute when Palace took the lead against the flow of play.

Loaned Chelsea midfielder Gallagher hit the right corner forcefully from about 10 yards after a cutback by Jeffrey Schlupp before another flare landed on the pitch as accompanying fans celebrated.

There had been late turns in the last three meetings between the clubs and it proved it again.

Time appeared to be running out for Brighton but Maupay deftly tricked his way past Ward in the area before his low center was accidentally deflected by the skidding Andersen to deny Palace the boast.

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