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Southampton v Brighton & Hove Albion Live Commentary, 04/12/2021

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1 - 1
SOU
BHA
A. Broja (29)
N. Maupay (90+8)
St. Mary's Stadium

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That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means that Southampton climb up to 14th, while Brighton remain in ninth.
Maupay's dramatic late equaliser rescues a point for Brighton. Southampton started quickly and made their dominance count when Broja beat Duffy before rolling in an assured finish. The hosts were in total command and Adams and Broja had further chances to add to their lead. Brighton improved after the break, but struggled to create chances. And their task became even more difficult when Trossard was stretchered off: having made all three subs, the visitors were reduced to 10 men. But they carried on fighting until the end, and Maupay rescued a draw in the 98th minute when he latched onto Moder's volley and poked in the equaliser.
90' + 10' FULL TIME: Southampton 1-1 Brighton
J. Moder
Assist
Brighton & Hove Albion
90' + 8' It was a hopeful volley into the box from Moder, but it paid off! The shot was controlled by Maupay who managed to poke it in from close range!
N. Maupay
Goal
Brighton & Hove Albion
90' + 8' GOALLL! MAUPAY EQUALISES! 1-1. Moder hammers a free-kick into the wall, before volleying the follow-up hopefully into the box. It falls perfectly for Maupay who smuggles it in from eight yards before wheeling away in delight!
Oriol Romeu
Yellow Card
Southampton
90' + 7' Romeu is shown a yellow card after bundling Mwepu over.
90' + 7' Romeu trips Mwepu on the edge of the box presenting Brighton with a big chance to equalise with a free-kick.
90' + 6' Both teams are labouring as 10-man Brighton continue to search for an equaliser. Lyanco is now having to take goal kicks for McCarthy.
M. Elyounoussi
Yellow Card
Southampton
90' + 4' Elyounoussi is booked after tripping Moder.
90' + 4' Cucurella wins a free-kick near the touchline. Moder whips it in and it evades everyone before running through to McCarthy.
90' + 2' 10 minutes of stoppage time are added on after Trossard's injury.
90' Brighton have used all three substitutions and they'll now be reduced to 10 men for the remainder of this game.
89' Trossard is stretchered off following a lengthy delay and the game resumes.
86' A stretcher is coming on for Trossard, and it looks as though this could be a serious arm injury. The game will be delayed for a while.
85' Trossard is down and requires treatment. Redmond crashed into him from behind which caused the injury.
M. Elyounoussi
N. Tella
Southampton
84' Tella makes way for Elyounoussi after an energetic, attacking display.
83' The hosts are fighting hard to stay in front. This time, Armstrong tackles Moder before driving up the pitch and winning a throw-in.
A. Armstrong
A. Broja
Southampton
81' Broja — whose wonderful goal put Southampton in front — makes way for Armstrong after a superb display.
M. Salisu
Yellow Card
Southampton
80' Salisu throws the ball away to waste time and he's promptly shown a yellow card.
J. Moder
J. Veltman
Brighton & Hove Albion
78' Veltman is replaced by Moder, as Brighton continue to push for an equaliser.
78' CHANCE! Veltman charges out of defence and finds Connolly, who cuts it back to Maupay. The Brighton striker has a clear strike at goal, but he can only fire his eight-yard effort straight at McCarthy!
76' Cucurella races down the left wing and plays it into Maupay who cuts inside before firing a shot against Lyanco.
Y. Bissouma
Yellow Card
Brighton & Hove Albion
74' Bissouma pulls Ward-Prowse back and earns himself a yellow card.
73' Brighton are enjoying plenty of possession inside the Southampton half, but they haven't been able to create a clear chance yet since the break.
71' Veltman still requires treatment following Tella's foul and the game is delayed briefly.
N. Tella
Yellow Card
Southampton
69' Tella catches Veltman with a stray arm and the referee shows him a yellow card.
69' Livramento hurries down the right flank once more, but this time he slices his cross behind.
67' Brighton push forward again, but the move grinds to a halt as Trossard's deep cross is gathered by McCarthy.
65' Adams goes down with a knock, but he walks off the pitch without help and he should be able to continue.
S. March
T. Lamptey
Brighton & Hove Albion
63' Lamptey makes way for March on the right flank as Brighton look to put the hosts under more pressure.
63' Livramento swings in a deep cross that sails over Tella before bouncing away for a throw-in.
61' After having just 55 per cent of possession in the first half, Brighton have enjoyed 72 per cent of possession since the interval. The visitors are just starting to take control of this game and push Southampton back.  
59' Trossard's deep free-kick is cleared away by Ward-Prowse.
57' Chance! Bissouma's wayward strike falls to Maupay, who swivels on the edge of the box, before curling a low shot narrowly wide of the far post!
A. Connolly
P. Groß
Brighton & Hove Albion
55' Gross makes way for Connolly as Brighton manager, Graham Potter, attempts to alter the flow of this game.
54' Southampton have carried on in the same vein as the first half. They're piling the pressure on Brighton who are just attempting to stay in the game. 
52' Chance! Bissouma clatters into Tella near the touchline, presenting Southampton with a promising free-kick. Ward-Prowse opts to shoot, despite the free-kick being placed at a tight angle, and his strike whistles just over the bar!
50' CLOSE! Southampton almost add to their lead. Redmond tackles Cucurella and feeds Broja on the counter. The striker advances into the box before cutting it back to Adams who sweeps an eight-yard strike inches wide of the far post!
48' It was a quiet first half for Maupay: the Brighton striker managed just one shot and only had 12 touches. The visitors will need him to get more involved if they're to recover today.
46' Brighton get the second half underway.
Brighton look like they're lacking in confidence following their nine-match winless run and it seems like it'll take a huge effort to come back in this game.
Southampton lead 1-0 after an excellent performance in the first half. The hosts have hassled Brighton aggressively so far and it's allowed them to dominate the game. Adams and Broja both wasted promising opportunities for Hasenhuttl's side, but they finally took the lead when Broja shimmied past Duffy before rolling a composed finish beyond Sanchez. Brighton had a few moments going forward, but they've been outplayed so far.
45' + 2' HALF TIME: Southampton 1-0 Brighton
S. Duffy
Yellow Card
Brighton & Hove Albion
45' Duffy clatters Broja and the referee plays on, before showing the defender a yellow card later on. That was a heavy tackle and Duffy was a little lucky that he didn't get a harsher punishment.
43' Broja lays it off to Tella who races down the left flank before squaring it towards Adams. However, Burn manages to get to the cross first and clear. 
41' Southampton's high press is causing Brighton a lot of issues. The two strikers are hassling the visiting backline relentlessly and it's resulted in plenty of mistakes. 
39' Tella breaks away down the left flank and drills in a dangerous cross that Duffy hacks behind. Ward-Prowse's resulting delivery falls to Tella who slams a 25-yard strike high and wide.
37' Southampton are hunting aggressively for a second goal before half-time. This time, though, Ward-Prowse's corner is cleared easily.
35' Mwepu fizzes a pass into Trossard who flicks it first time towards Maupay. It's a great idea, but it's slightly too powerful and it runs behind for a goal kick.
33' Brighton lower the tempo as they look to calm the game down following that opener.
31' Well, Southampton deserve that. They've caused Brighton all sorts of problems in the first half and they get their reward through Broja's brilliant strike.
N. Redmond
Assist
Southampton
29' Redmond managed to beat Veltman in the air to flick the long ball onwards, and Broja anticipated the chance and latched onto it before finishing superbly.
A. Broja
Goal
Southampton
29' BROJA! 1-0. Redmond flicks on Lyanco's long pass forward and Broja latches onto it. The striker keeps his composure and jinks past Duffy, before rolling a neat, outside-of-the-foot finish beyond Sanchez from six yards!
28' Adams tackles Duffy 30 yards from goal and for a moment it looks as though Southampton will break away. However, the visitors get back in numbers to crowd Tella out.
26' Save! Trossard collects Lamptey's cross before fizzing a 20-yard volley that McCarthy pushes away!
25' Southampton have really worried Brighton's backline so far. They've already produced eight shots within 25 minutes. 
23' Close! Sanchez hits a poor clearance straight to Ward-Prowse. It eventually finds its way to Adams who places a low shot from 15 yards that trickles narrowly wide of the post.
21' Romeu battles to win back possession, before poking it to Adams. The striker quickly lashes a wild effort high and wide from a tight angle.
19' Save! An intricate Brighton move ends with Mwepu lining up a shot from 20 yards, forcing McCarthy into a full-stretch save towards the bottom corner. 
18' Gross feeds Maupay inside the box, but the striker's effort deflects off Lyanco and safely into the arms of McCarthy.  
16' Lamptey takes on Walker-Peters, but the defender stands him up and pokes the ball away.
14' Brighton struggle to clear a succession of Southampton corners, until Livramento finally lifts a shot high and wide from 12 yards. 
12' Livramento darts inside from the right, before firing a low shot that Duffy blocks. Tella gets to the rebound, but Duffy quickly gets up and tackles the midfielder.
10' Southampton have made a rapid start so far. Brighton have struggled to get to grips with the duo of Adams and Broja up top, and it's resulted in a few clear chances for the hosts early on.
8' Chance! Cucurella gets to the byline and cuts it back to Mwepu. The midfielder swivels before drilling an effort from eight yards that Salisu manages to block at the crucial moment. 
6' Chance! Broja nips past Cucurella inside the box and places a low shot from close range that Sanchez blocks with his legs!
4' BRILLIANT SAVE! Southampton roar forward on the break as Adams leads a two-on-two. The striker eventually manages to slip Broja clean through on goal, and the attacker advances from an angle before lashing a 12-yard strike that Sanchez blocks away! The rebound falls to Adams, but Sanchez is there again to push his follow-up to safety!
2' Tella plays a searching pass looking for the run of Broja, but it's slightly too powerful and rolls through to Sanchez.
1' Southampton get the first half underway.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
Brighton are winless in nine Premier League matches, their fourth run of nine games without a win since joining the Premier League. However, the Seagulls haven’t gone 10 in a row without a win in the top-flight since a run between December 1982 and February 1983.
Brighton, on the other hand, make five changes. The main news is that Lamptey is starting after coming off the bench against West Ham last time out. Mwepu, Gross, Duffy and Burn also come in. Adam Lallana, Jeremy Sarmiento and Adam Webster were all injured in the West Ham draw and drop out.
Southampton head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl makes two changes to the side that drew with Leicester in the week. Broja comes in for Armstrong up top, meanwhile, Bednarek drops out of the squad through injury with Lyanco taking his spot in defence.
SUBS: Jurgen Locadia, Aaron Connolly, Kjell Scherpen, Haydon Roberts, Solly March, Jakub Moder, Alexis Mac Allister, Jason Steele, Taylor Richards.
BRIGHTON (3-5-2): Robert Sanchez; Joel Veltman, Shane Duffy, Dan Burn; Tariq Lamptey, Pascal Gross, Yves Bissouma, Enock Mwepu, Marc Cucurella; Leandro Trossard, Neal Maupay.
SUBS: Ibrahima Diallo, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Romain Perraud, Adam Armstrong, William Smallbone, Theo Walcott, Harry Lewis, Shane Long, Jack Stephens.
SOUTHAMPTON (4-4-2): Alex McCarthy; Valentino Livramento, Lyanco, Mohammed Salisu, Kyle Walker-Peters; Nathan Redmond, James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu, Nathan Tella; Che Adams, Armando Broja.
Brighton, meanwhile, are in ninth place. However, they’re winless in nine league matches and will be desperate to arrest this slide with three points today.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Premier League fixture between Southampton and Brighton. The hosts enter this one in 16th place following an entertaining 2-2 draw with Leicester City. They’ll be looking to build on this with a win today to pull away from the relegation zone.