Brighton & Hove Albion took some oxygen with their first win since September and slowed Aston Villa’s progression by defeating them 1-2 with goals from Danny Welbeck (12 ‘), the first since their arrival in October, and Solomon March ( 56 ‘). The ‘villains’, despite both Ezri Konsa (47′), lose the opportunity to enter European positions in the Premier League.
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Welbeck’s first goal for Brighton
Aston Villa had several occasions in the first half, including two shots to the post, but paid for his lack of success, since Welbeck (ex Manchester United and Arsenal) opened the scoring by escaping from his field and beating Emiliano Martínez by hitting him the ball on its way out.
After the break, Konsa leveled when he finished off a free-kick by Bertrand Traoré, but March finished with the 1-2 when he placed a shot from the square first. A great goal.
The national team break did not sit well with Aston Villa, who beat Arsenal 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium the previous day. The last moments were dramatic. Brighton were left with ten when Tariq Lamptey (93 ‘) saw the second yellow and the referee, Michael Oliver, awarded a penalty to Villa that could have led to a tie in injury time, but the VAR dismissed it.
In the absence of the rest of the day being completed and with a game still pending, Aston Villa is sixth, with 15 points. Meanwhile, Brighton, who were at the bottom of the table, stick their heads a bit thanks to their second win in the English championship. It remains 16th, but now 6 points behind the relegation places.