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Manchester United earn dramatic win at Brighton, Everton make it three in three

Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot deep in injury to hand Manchester United a 3-2 win against Brighton, while Everton continued their fine start with a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace.

By: Reuters | Updated: September 26, 2020 9:57:48 pm
Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring the winner with teammates. (Source: Reuters)

Manchester United beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2 away in the Premier League on Saturday after an incredible finale in which Bruno Fernandes struck the winning goal from the penalty spot in the 100th minute of the game.

Fernandes’s winner, which came after referee Chris Kavanagh had initially blown for fulltime, concluded an enthralling match which saw Brighton hit the woodwork five times and have a penalty overturned after a VAR review, while United had a goal ruled out in each half for offside.

Brighton’s Neal Maupay gave away the decisive penalty with a handball as he tried to block a late header from United captain Harry Maguire, which led to a VAR review after Kavanagh had signalled for the game to end.

Kavanagh eventually gave the penalty after consulting the pitchside VAR monitor and Fernandes lashed into the net from the spot, moments after Solly March had levelled for Brighton in the fifth minute of added time.

Brighton took a deserved lead when Maupay coolly slotted in a penalty in the 40th minute after a foul by Fernandes but the visitors soon levelled with an own goal from Brighton defender Lewis Dunk.

A brilliant solo strike from Marcus Rashford had given United the lead in the 55th minute, after Rashford and Mason Greenwood had goals ruled out for offside, and Paul Pogba was relieved to see a possible penalty for a foul on Aaron Connolly overturned by a VAR review.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was happy to admit his side had ridden their luck.

“We got away with one. Maybe one point we deserved, we didn’t deserve more. But the character deserved more,” he told reporters.

“Last season we had too many draws, so that is a big plus for us.”

Everton win again after penalty controversy at Palace

Everton made it three wins out of three as they topped the Premier League after a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday, won by a controversial penalty awarded for handball and converted by Richarlison.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side grabbed the lead in the 10th minute when a superb pass from Colombian James Rodriguez found the overlapping Seamus Coleman who slipped the ball across for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score for the third straight league game.

Palace drew level in simple fashion though with Cheikhou Kouyate heading in an Andros Townsend corner at the back post.

But five minutes before the interval, referee Kevin Friend awarded a penalty, ruling that Joel Ward had handled.

Lucas Digne had headed the ball at the Palace defender who appeared to try to pull his arm out of the way but, after being advised to check the pitchside monitor, Friend pointed to the spot and Richarlison drove home the penalty.

Palace dominated after the break but Everton defended well to maintain their 100% record.

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