Brighton 1-1 Sheffield United – report

Sheffield United made a remarkable late comeback after conceding an early goal to secure a 1-1 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion.


Brighton took the lead when Simon Adingra executed a well-worked goal. The game took a turn in United’s favour when Mahmoud Dahoud was sent off for a challenge on Ben Osborn with 20 minutes remaining. Seizing the opportunity, United leveled the score as Jayden Bogle’s cross was turned into the net by Adam Webster, resulting in a share of the points.


Line ups 


Brighton: Steele, Julio, Webster, Dahoud, Gilmour (Baleba 70), Groß, Lallana (Joao Pedro HT), Adingra, Van Hecke, Fati (Veltman 70), Buonanotte (Mitoma HT).


Unused: Verbruggen, Moder, Hinshelwood, Baker-Boaitey, O’Mahony.


Blades: Foderingham, Baldock, Trusty, Hamer, Archer, Thomas, Norwood c, Robinson, Bogle (Osula 90), Souza (Osborn 52), McAtee (Slimane 84).


Unused: Amissah, Lowe, Fleck, Traore, Larouci, Brooks.


First half


In the early stages of the game, United had the first half-chance, but Gustavo Hamer’s headed effort went over the bar. Brighton tested Wes Foderingham when Ansu Fati broke through the defence and managed a low shot, but Foderingham made the save.


Brighton then opened the scoring when Adingra embarked on a skillful run and played a clever one-two with Facundo Buonanotte before sliding the ball past Foderingham.


Foderingham made another crucial save when Adam Lallana set Fati up, but his low toe-poking effort was blocked. Despite Brighton’s possession dominance, they had to wait until the half-hour mark for their next opportunity.


Before halftime, Jayden Bogle received a yellow card, and Billy Gilmour’s effort was tipped over, while Buonanotte was also booked for stopping a United counter-attack.


Second half


Brighton made key substitutions at half-time, bringing on Joao Pedro and Kaoru Mitoma, with Joao Pedro firing over from inside the area.


United made their first change on 52 minutes, with Ben Osborn replacing Vini Souza, who had picked up a back injury in the first half.


The Blades displayed some skillful play around the edge of the Brighton area, leading to a dangerous low cross from George Baldock that rolled across the six-yard box with Cameron Archer caught on his heels at the far post.


Brighton had several chances around the hour mark, with Jan Paul van Hecke heading over, Kaoru Mitoma’s shot at the near post saved by Wes Foderingham, and Foderingham pushing away Mahmoud Dahoud’s long-range effort.


Cameron Archer’s burst saw him pull the ball back towards James McAtee, but Brighton defenders crowded around him. Luke Thomas received a yellow card for a late challenge, and shortly after, Brighton was reduced to 10 men. Mahmoud Dahoud was shown a red card for a stamp on Osborn, who was on the ground following a clean challenge.


In the 74th minute, United leveled the score. Auston Trusty played the ball to Gustavo Hamer, who delivered a pass behind the defence for Jayden Bogle. Bogle controlled the ball and fired it across the area, where Adam Webster directed it beyond Jason Steele.


Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi was booked before the restart, and substitute Carlos Baleba received a yellow card for a foul on McAtee.


With 15 minutes remaining, United created another chance as good work from McAtee and Archer set up a shot for Bogle, but he dragged it agonisingly wide. United continued to press for the win, with Oliver Norwood’s shot blocked, and Luke Thomas sent an effort over the bar.


Anis Slimane replaced McAtee for the closing stages, and Jack Robinson received a yellow card for a late challenge. Despite their efforts, the away side had to settle for a deserved point as Brighton managed to see out the six minutes of added time.