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Brighton & Hove Albion rallied twice against Wolverhampton Wanderers to secure a close 3-3 draw in a thrilling encounter on the South Coast.
The Gaviotas took the lead in the 13th minute, when Aaron Connolly reacted faster to convert Leandro Trossard’s center past Rui Patricio. Their joy was short-lived, however, as just nine minutes later, Roman Saiss headed home to level the scores.
Then the wolves took control of the game, albeit with a stroke of fortune. Roberto Sánchez was only able to stop the fierce shot from Pedro Neto, who pushed the ball in the way of Dan Burn, who tripped over him and pushed him over the line.
Half of Burn’s nightmare continued, as he recklessly sent Adama Traore crashing to the ground in the area, and Ruben Neves converted the resulting penalty shot to give the visitors some breathing space. Brighton halved their deficit just seconds into the second half, with Neal Maupay winning and scoring a penalty.
The Seagulls pressed for the equalizer, scoring their goal via Lewis Dunk’s signature header from a corner kick in the 70th minute.
Let’s look at the player ratings for an exciting afternoon at Amex Stadium.
Roberto Sánchez (GK) – 6/10 – He had no chance to avoid the Wolves draw. He made a pretty impressive save from Neto, given the deflected shot on his way to goal, but was let down by Burn’s awkward leg.
Adam Webster (CB) – 7/10 – Put Brighton in gear for the first goal, advancing and selecting Trossard as he on the run. A wonderful ball carrier. Hit the bar with a blunt headline.
Lewis Dunk (CB) – 7/10 – Defended as Lewis Drunk by somehow allowing Semedo to introduce a cross from the signature. However, he never stopped and was rewarded with a powerful header to level the scores at 3-3.
Dan Burn (CB) – 3/10 – Cor dear. He took a corner with a misdirected head butt without pressure, then scored a classic own goal on the resulting play, tripped over the ball and turned it into the net. Then He unnecessarily gave away a penalty with a crazy sliding challenge on Traore. He just needed his shorts to fall off to round out his antics performance.
Joel Veltman (RWB) – 10/7 – It offered a lot of offensive threat, as Brighton mounted a series of attacks on that right flank. He embraced the touchline and always tried to get involved. All the Wolves goals also came from the other wing. It is not your fault.
Ben White (CM) – 7/10 – It showed why they had moved him to midfield with some smart passes. However, they caught me looking at the ball for the tie. He stuffed a couple of pretty balls into the box while Brighton turned the screw.
Yves Bissouma (CM) – 5/10 – He broke through the Wolves’ furious counterattacks, taking a yellow for a cynical foul in the first half. Not in his prime and substituted at half time.
Solly March (LWB) – 7/10 – He offered Burn little help stopping Traore, but he managed to advance on his own in the Wolves’ half, putting up some nice crossover positions and causing trouble.
Leandro Trossard (RW) – 8/10 – Turn, turn, turn, turn, simulate and cross. A wonderful touch of individual brilliance to make the Connolly opener. I also received assistance for the third.
Aaron Connolly (ST) – July 10 – He reacted faster to Trossard’s crusader to deflect the ball past a stranded Patrick. He almost regained the lead with a brilliant kick from above. He had to be a substitute at halftime after suffering an injury. Unfortunate.
Neal Maupay (LW) – 6/10 – He offered very little in the first half, but started the second half by winning and then hitting a penalty.
Andi Zeqiri (ST) – 7/10
Davy Propper (CM) – 7/10
Adam Lallana (CM) – 7/10
Rui Patricio (GK) – 5/10 – I flew off to meet the first Trossard cross, but did not go near it. Connolly did the rest. It is not a great display.
Nelson Semedo (RB) – 7/10 – He danced down the starting line and produced a perfect cross from an almost impossible position to bring the Wolves back into the game.
Conor Coady (CB) – 7/10 – Such a leader in the back, often the only voice he could hear, barking instructions religiously at his teammates.
Romain Saiss (CB) – 6/10 – What a headline! Such a nice goal, circling and arcing perfectly towards the top corner. He made amends after losing Connolly on the first goal. He collapsed a bit in the second half.
Rayan Ait-Nouri (LB) – 6/10 – He couldn’t live with Trossard’s tricks and looked stunned as the winger lashed out at his vital delivery.
Joao Moutinho (CM) – 6/10 – He gave a penalty with an awkward challenge to Maupay to allow Brighton back into play.
Rubén Neves (CM) – 7/10 – Free Neto to supply the second with a beautiful cross-field switch. A great ping. He brilliantly scored the penalty to put the Wolves in full control.
Vitinha (morning) – 6/10 – The quietest of the forwards, operating behind Silva, but contributing little. As expected, he replaced it first.
Adama Traore (RW) – 8/10 – He lunged forward with his usual rhythm and intense power. Beat Burn all ends, forcing the defender to award a penalty. Vintage Traore.
Fabio Silva (ST) – 5/10 – He still finds his feet at this level. We won a couple of good movies in some grueling air battles. It’s not his day, again.
Pedro Neto (LW) – 8/10 – He demonstrated his devastating pace and dribbling early on, crashing a punch just after a labyrinthine and thrilling race. He inspired the second goal by firing a vicious shot at the target, which Sanchez could only prod at Burn’s clown feet.
Max Kilman (CB) – 7/10
Owen Otasowie (CM) – N / A