Thursday 22 August 2019

Izquierdo rescues a point for Brighton

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Anthony Knockaert of Brighton and Hove Albion and Ramadan Sobhi of Stoke City battle for the ball. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Anthony Knockaert of Brighton and Hove Albion and Ramadan Sobhi of Stoke City battle for the ball. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Jamie Holland

José Izquierdo's second-half equaliser earned a point for Brighton from a lively contest at the Amex, where neither side did quite enough to warrant victory.

The 25-year-old Colombian winger, who signed from Club Brugge in the summer, claimed his second of the season when he pounced on a rebound from his own shot on the hour mark to leave Brighton eighth in the Premier League after 12 games with four wins, four draws, four defeats and a goal difference of zero. Middle of the road will surely do for Chris Hughton's hard-working side.

Stoke are now unbeaten in their past three games but will reflect on an opportunity missed having been ahead at the break through first-half goals by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Kurt Zouma.

Brighton started brightly, so Stoke's opener in the 28th minute came against the run of play.

Brighton's midfielder Izzy Brown (l) crosses the ball as Stoke City's Dutch defender Erik Pieters (r) tries to block. Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images
Brighton's midfielder Izzy Brown (l) crosses the ball as Stoke City's Dutch defender Erik Pieters (r) tries to block. Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Xherdan Shaqiri launched a pinpoint pass from behind the halfway line into Choupo-Moting's path and he brought the ball down with one touch before slamming it into the corner of the net with his second.

The game bumbled towards half-time, then suddenly came alive. First Brighton were denied a clear penalty when Glenn Murray was brought down in the area by Ryan Shawcross - an incident which incensed the usually serene Hughton on the touchline and fired up the Amex crowd.

They were placated just two minutes later, as Davy Propper bounded through several tackles on a determined run. His cross from the right was met by Pascal Gross, who bounced an accurate finish inside Lee Grant's near post.

But within a minute Stoke's lead was restored. Both Bruno and Lewis Dunk failed to deal with an inswinging corner and, when the ball ricocheted across the six-yard box, Zouma was on hand to nudge the ball in with his forehead and ensure Stoke led at the break.

Peter Crouch made a record 143rd Premier League appearance as a substitute when he came on in 73rd minute to beat the record set by ex-Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi between 2000 and 2015.

Brighton's midfielder Solly March (r) vie with Stoke City's striker Mame Biram Diouf (l). Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images
Brighton's midfielder Solly March (r) vie with Stoke City's striker Mame Biram Diouf (l). Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

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