Brighton 3-2 Everton

Match Report

Everton slumped to their sixth defeat of the season as Brighton came from behind to defeat Marco Silva's strugglers 3-2.

It was a disappointing result for the visitors who had appeared to have turned a corner after beating West Ham United 2-0 last weekend.

After a very cagey opening to the encounter, the Seagulls created the first worthwhile opening in the 12th minute only for Neal Maupay to lash his half-volley over Jordon Pickford’s goal.

However, Graham Potter’s team took the lead three minutes later, Pascal Gross firing a stupendous free-kick past Pickford after Andre Gomes had fouled Aaron Connolly on the edge of the penalty area.

It took Everton just five minutes to respond, Adam Webster being credited with an own goal after getting the slightest of touches to Richarlison’s header from Lucas Digne’s pinpoint cross.

Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan then did well to deny Theo Walcott as Everton enjoyed a purple patch before Alex Iwobi curled a shot narrowly wide just before the interval.

The home side started the second half brightly but Steven Alzate was unable to test Pickford with a rising shot, while at the other end Ryan saved Iwobi’s effort after the lively Walcott had created the opening.

Gross thought he had scored his second goal of the afternoon in the 64th minute but the effort was ruled out for offside. However, Everton did score 10 minutes later thanks to substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The 22-year-old had only just come on for Iwobi when he slotted the ball past Ryan after being played in by Mason Holgate.

However, Silva’s side were unable to hold on to their lead and Maupay made it 2-2 with 10 minutes remaining from the penalty spot after Michael Keane had fouled Connolly.

The game looked to finish as a draw until, deep into stoppage time, Leandro Trossard’s cross was turned into his own net by Everton captain Digne.