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Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United Live Commentary, 16/5/21

FT
1 - 1
BHA
WHU
D. Welbeck (84)
S. Benrahma (87)
The American Express Community Stadium

Commentary

That's all for now though, goodbye!
West Ham miss an opportunity to put pressure on the top four and they remain in sixth. Brighton, meanwhile, stay in 17th.
Benrahma's stunning late strike rescues a point for West Ham. This game took a while to get going: the visitors had the better of the first half, but aside from two goalbound efforts from Fornals that were blocked, there was little action. After the break, Brighton burst out the blocks as Jahanbakhsh went close three times within 15 minutes. However, the game finally opened up in the 84th minute when Tau set Welbeck free to dink over Fabianski. That gave West Ham the wake-up call they needed though, and they hit back instantly when Benrahma bent in a stunning finish from 20 yards. From there, both teams pushed for a winner, but it ended as a hard-fought 1-1 draw.   
90' + 4' FULL TIME: Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 West Ham
90' + 2' Bissouma fires a speculative effort from distance well wide.
90' + 1' Three minutes of stoppage time are added on as both teams hunt for a winner.
90' Lingard shimmies into the area before scooping a pass towards Antonio that Webster blocks away. The visitors appeal for a penalty for handball, but the referee - and VAR - remain unmoved.      
88' Well, this game has suddenly completely opened up! Brighton took the lead only for West Ham to fight back instantly, and now this could be anyone's game! 
S. Benrahma
Goal
West Ham United
87' BENRAHMA! 1-1! West Ham hit back immediately! White heads Coufal's cross out towards the edge of the area, where Benrahma has plenty of time to take a touch, before bending a brilliant strike beyond Sanchez and into the top corner!   
P. Tau
Assist
Brighton & Hove Albion
84' That was a sublime assist from Tau! The attacker rode a number of challenges and broke free of the West Ham midfield, before pushing through a crisp reverse pass that set Welbeck through to score what looks to be the winner!   
D. Welbeck
Goal
Brighton & Hove Albion
84' WELBECK! 1-0! Brighton take the lead late on! Tau slaloms forward into a pocket of space, before threading a perfect throughball towards Welbeck who delicately dinks it over the onrushing Fabianski and in!
A. Zeqiri
L. Trossard
Brighton & Hove Albion
83' Trossard makes way for Zeqiri in attack.
83' Close! Benrahma collects a loose ball from a corner and swings a dangerous cross into the six-yard box that Dawson glances inches wide of the far post!  
81' West Ham are steadily increasing the pressure on Brighton and the visitors look the more likely to snatch a late winner right now.   
79' Coufal pings a precise cross into the feet of an unmarked Fornals, but he takes a heavy touch and the chance instantly disappears.    
77' Soucek curls a throughball forward towards Antonio, but Burn contorts himself to intercept the pass.
75' Tau attempts to work a slick one-two with Bissouma, but Ogbonna anticipates the danger and cuts the return pass out.   
P. Tau
A. Jahanbakhsh
Brighton & Hove Albion
73' Brighton make their second change. Jahanbakhsh is replaced in attack by Tau.
72' Benrahma picks out the run of Fornals with a superb throughball and Fornals takes it around the goalkeeper before attempting a cross from the byline that Sanchez backtracks to claim.
70' Bissouma tackles Lingard before attempting an outrageous pass over the top towards Welbeck, that drifts agonisingly past the attacker and out of play.   
A. Lallana
S. Alzate
Brighton & Hove Albion
67' An attacking change for Brighton - Lallana replaces Alzate in midfield.    
66' Brighton have had the better of the second half, after West Ham were in charge of the first - nevertheless, this game hangs in the balance entering the final quarter with both teams poised to hunt for a winner.   
S. Benrahma
J. Bowen
West Ham United
64' West Ham make their first change. Bowen makes way for Benrahma in attack.   
64' Rice's deep cross sails beyond Antonio and away for a goal kick.
62' Lingard works a neat interchange with Rice, before blasting a wild effort over the bar from 20 yards.
60' After failing to muster a single shot from inside the box in the first half, Brighton have already amassed three inside the opening 15 minutes of the second period.  
58' Brighton look like a different side in this half and they're putting West Ham under serious pressure. Jahanbakhsh has led this charge since the break and he'll be wondering how he hasn't scored!  
56' Huge chance! Burn picks out the run of Jahanbakhsh with a long diagonal, and the attacker beats Fabianski to the ball before steering a shot inches wide of the far post from a tight angle!
54' Strong save from Fabianski! Gross threads a pass through to Jahanbakhsh who rifles an angled drive from eight yards that Fabianski parries to safety!
52' Chance for Brighton! Jahanbakhsh beats the offside trap and races through on goal at a tight angle, where his eventual shot towards the far corner is tipped away by Fabianski!
50' Welbeck attempts to latch onto Bissouma's long pass over the top of the defence, but Dawson and Ogbonna combine to hack it clear.
48' Bowen's cutback from the byline is cut out expertly by a lunging Webster.
47' West Ham continue with their intent from the first half, as Antonio immediately drives towards the edge of the box before lashing a shot wildly over the bar.  
46' Brighton get the second half underway.
Brighton have looked toothless going forward and you wouldn't be surprised if they quickly made changes to try and address this.   
It's 0-0 at the break despite a raft of chances for West Ham. The hosts have been cautious throughout, and have struggled to test Fabianski. West Ham, on the other hand, have moved the ball with more purpose and intent and it's resulted in plenty of chances. The two clearest openings fell to Fornals, but the midfielder was denied twice by heroic blocks by Brighton defenders after beating Sanchez. Nevertheless, the visitors will be confident about finding a breakthrough in the second half.
45' + 2' HALF TIME: Brighton and Hove Albion 0-0 West Ham
45' + 1' Close again! Soucek hits a rasping effort from 25 yards that Sanchez can only pat back into the path of Fornals, who can't quite climb high enough to head it back at goal!
45' Another chance for West Ham! Bowen drives to the byline before picking out Fornals, whose stabbed effort from close range is blocked away by White!
44' Coufal cuts inside from the right before scuffing a low effort straight at Sanchez from the edge of the box.
42' West Ham go close again! An intricate move ends with Cresswell squaring it into Fornals, whose eight-yard shot beats Sanchez, only for Burn to block it away from goal!
40' Gross gets to the byline again but scoops his cross straight at Fabianski. The attacker's delivery has been notably disappointing so far today. 
38' Fornals spins past Webster with a dizzying turn, but the defence manages to catch up with him before he can get a shot off.   
35' Brighton have yet to produce a single shot inside the box in this game, as West Ham continue to stifle the hosts. 
33' Trossard lets fly from 25 yards, but his shot deflects harmlessly into the grasp of Fabianski.   
32' Welbeck picks off an errant pass from Antonio and rushes into the West Ham half to lead a counter-attack, before misplacing a pass intended for Trossard, straight to Dawson.
30' West Ham have had the better of the chances so far, but this game still remains finely balanced at 0-0.
28' Lingard drives menacingly into the box, but he's crowded out by a sea of Brighton defenders and the hosts smuggle it clear.    
26' Chance! Cresswell fizzes in a low cross towards the front post, where it's met by a lunging Antonio who can't quite get a full enough contact and it flicks away for a throw-in!
24' Welbeck lays it off to Jahanbakhsh with a deft flick, but the attacker's 20-yard shot is charged down by Ogbonna.
22' Gross wastefully curls in a powerful corner that sails through the box and away for a throw-in.    
20' Chance! Cresswell's outswinging corner is flicked across goal and wide at the near post by Dawson! It was a tricky opportunity, but the defender has his head in his hands nonetheless.      
Y. Bissouma
Yellow Card
Brighton & Hove Albion
18' Bissouma is shown a yellow card after another heavy challenge on Lingard.
18' This has been a game of few chances so far. West Ham have set up to play on the break, but Brighton are cautiously leaving plenty of defenders back to prevent counter-attacks and it's resulted in both sides nullifying each other.     
16' West Ham win their first corner of the game, but it's easily headed clear at the front post.
14' Lingard is down injured after a heavy challenge from Bissouma and there'll be a brief delay for treatment. It looks as though he should be okay to continue though.
12' Brighton work a patient move that ends with Gross slamming in a low cross that evades everyone.    
10' Rice picks out the run of Bowen with a long diagonal over the top, but White anticipates the danger and manages to play it off the attacker for a goal kick.   
8' Antonio will be key to West Ham's hopes of claiming a precious three points today. He's been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 13 away Premier League starts (11 goals, three assists). 
6' Brighton win the first corner of the game. Gross swings it in, but Fabianski punches it clear.
4' Gross breaks away down the right, but his cross goes behind Jahanbakhsh and Soucek manages to clear.   
2' Fornals volleys in a vicious cross from the byline, but it runs through the area and Burn clears.
1' West Ham get the first half underway.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
Brighton’s home form has started to pick up recently though, and they’ll be keen to build on this. They’ve won three of their last seven home Premier League games (drawn two, lost two), one more than in their previous 23 matches at the Amex.
West Ham also make two changes: Benrahma makes way for Bowen, while Rice returns from injury and takes his place in midfield with Manuel Lanzini dropping out.
Brighton make two changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Wolves last time out: Neal Maupay and Lewis Dunk drop out following red cards and Moder and Alzate replace them.
SUBS: Ademipo Odubeko, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ben Johnson, Issa Diop, Said Benrahma, Fabian Balbuena, Darren Randolph, Ryan Fredericks, Mark Noble.
WEST HAM (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Fabianski; Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell; Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice; Jarrod Bowen, Jesse Lingard, Pablo Fornals; Michail Antonio.
SUBS: Adam Lallana, Michal Karbownik, Moises Caicedo, Percy Tau, Jason Steele, Andi Zeqiri, Florin Andone, Aaron Connolly, Alexis Mac Allister.
BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION (4-4-1-1): Robert Sanchez; Steven Alzate, Ben White, Adam Webster, Dan Burn; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Pascal Gross, Yves Bissouma, Jakub Moder; Leandro Trossard; Danny Welbeck.
West Ham, meanwhile, are in the middle of a fierce battle for European qualification. They’re currently sixth: a win today would solidify their chances of qualifying for the Europa League and would put pressure on the top four as well.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Premier League fixture between Brighton and West Ham. The hosts enter this one in 17th having recently secured survival from relegation; nevertheless, they’ll still be desperate to find some form in their final three games after a difficult season.