Kaoru Mitoma scored in stoppage time as Brighton knocked holders Liverpool out of the FA Cup with an impressive victory at the Amex.
With the game heading to a draw, Japan winger Mitoma produced a great piece of control before firing in from close range to stun the Reds.
Jurgen Klopp’s side, who were beaten 3-0 at the Seagulls two weeks ago, took the lead midway through the first half when Harvey Elliott slotted into the bottom corner from Mohamed Salah’s pass following a quick break.
However, Brighton equalised when Tariq Lamptey’s shot from distance deflected heavily off Lewis Dunk to fly into the back of the net.
It looked like a replay at Anfield would be needed to decide the tie before Mitoma stepped up to snatch another big result for Brighton.
Seagulls continue to defy expectations
It is testament to the impressive work done by Seagulls boss Roberto de Zerbi since his appointment that you couldn’t say with a degree of certainty which side was the favourite heading into this match.
Liverpool won the FA Cup last season but have endured a difficult campaign and went into this game as the side lower in the Premier League table – they are ninth while Brighton are sixth.
The hosts impressively outplayed the Reds on 14 January and clearly fancied their chances of another victory against them as they showed belief and confidence in this game.
Great defending by Dunk prevented what looked to be a certain goal for Salah early on, while Evan Ferguson then had a shot cleared off the line by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The hosts stepped it up after the break and got their reward for another hard-working display with Mitoma’s late winner, although the home fans’ celebrations were delayed as a possible offside was checked by the video assistant referee before the goal was given.
Mitoma is the latest star to rise at Brighton, who continue to impress despite losing Leandro Trossard to Arsenal earlier this month and with Moises Caicedo left out of this game following a bid from the Gunners.
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Brighton & Hove Albion
Squad number23Player nameSteele
Squad number2Player nameLamptey
Squad number4Player nameWebster
Squad number5Player nameDunk
Squad number30Player nameEstupiñán
Squad number13Player nameGroß
Squad number10Player nameMac Allister
Squad number7Player nameMarch
Squad number18Player nameWelbeck
Squad number22Player nameMitoma
Squad number28Player nameFerguson
Squad number21Player nameUndav
Squad number27Player nameGilmour
Squad number29Player namevan Hecke
Squad number34Player nameVeltman
- 2LampteySubstituted forvan Heckeat 90+6′minutes
- 4WebsterSubstituted forVeltmanat 45′minutes
- 5DunkBooked at 63mins
- 10Mac Allister
- 18WelbeckSubstituted forGilmourat 67′minutes
- 28FergusonSubstituted forUndavat 89′minutes
- 29van Hecke
- 66Alexander-ArnoldSubstituted forMilnerat 59′minutes
- 5KonatéBooked at 62mins
- 26RobertsonBooked at 90mins
- 6Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forJonesat 79′minutes
- 43BajceticBooked at 17minsSubstituted forFabinhoat 84′minutesBooked at 86mins
- 8KeïtaSubstituted forHendersonat 59′minutes
- 19ElliottSubstituted forNúñezat 59′minutes
Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Liverpool 1.
Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Liverpool 1.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jan Paul van Hecke replaces Tariq Lamptey.
Foul by Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Curtis Jones (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.
VAR Decision: Goal Brighton and Hove Albion – Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 Liverpool (Kaoru Mitoma).
Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Liverpool 1. Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Pervis Estupiñán following a set piece situation.Goal confirmed following VAR Review.
Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Andrew Robertson (Liverpool).
Pervis Estupiñán (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James Milner (Liverpool).
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Deniz Undav replaces Evan Ferguson because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match because of an injury Evan Ferguson (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Fabinho (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Evan Ferguson (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Fabinho (Liverpool).
Substitution, Liverpool. Fabinho replaces Stefan Bajcetic.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.