Fiery scenes at the end of Palace – Brighton after the dramatic Maupay equalizer – sport news

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Brighton players and Crystal Palace fans spurred each other on after a dramatic and fiery ending to their Premier League draw at Selhurst Park near the tunnel.

Seagulls striker Neal Maupay equalized in the 95th minute to level Wilfried Zaha’s penalty before engaging in a heated argument with Zaha at the start of the game.

Both groups of players then got into an argument at the final whistle.

After that, Brighton players walking down the tunnel had to wield gauntlets from home fans, with a group of fans taunting the visitors – and getting the same thing back from some Albion players.

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Brighton supporters broke the billboards to celebrate their equalization and a blue flare was thrown onto the pitch.

“If the goal is achieved by this time, there is emotion and passion that one would expect,” said Seagulls manager Graham Potter, who held back when the exchange took place before going down the tunnel. “There weren’t any major security precautions there and it’s a bit intimidating. Everyone is fine.”

Maupay, who celebrated with open ears in front of the Palace fans, clashed with Zaha on the center line as Palace was ready for kick-off.

“Football is nothing without fans and some involvement in the players,” said Maupay. “The atmosphere was really tough and when I scored a goal I looked at Zaha and smiled at him because when he took his penalty he was celebrating and he was giving something to our fans.

“I’m not going to say what he said and what I said, but you know how it is sometimes with players on the pitch. Sometimes you joke on the pitch and it was the perfect time to give him something.”

The game itself was exciting enough before the action in the stands.

In a split second, Palace keeper Vicente Guaita played the ball straight to Joel Veltman at the center line.

Veltman struck a long ball into Maupay’s path, who sent Guaita up from the edge of the box.

Zaha seemed like the hero as he scored a penalty – his eighth goal against Albion – at the end of the first half after Leandro Trossard slipped over Conor Gallagher.

Maupay’s equalizer wasn’t enough to put Brighton at the top of the table at the end of a day for the first time in their 120-year history, which a win would have done.

Palace are a team whose style of play has changed this season under Patrick Vieira and who will be very frustrated with the final as they missed their chances to win.

Late drama again … but a completely different game

This is the third straight time that rivalry has resulted in a late game-changing goal.

Last October, Alexis Mac Allister saved a 1-1 draw for Brighton in the 90th minute. In February, Christian Benteke scored in the 95th minute when Palace won 2-1.

Both games had something in common – Brighton deserved to win.

In those two games, Brighton had 45 shots, with Palace scoring three of their four hits.

But this time it was the Seagulls who were lucky enough to get a point.

Palace is a different team this season. They are now proactive with passing and pressing, compared to the reactive style of counter-attack under Roy Hodgson.

In the first half of that game, Palace had more shots, touches in Brighton’s box and passes in the final third than they did in these two games combined last season.

They deservedly led through Zaha’s confident penalty, his fifth goal in five games at Selhurst Park against Albion. Jordan Ayew missed a glorious chance to finish the game when he shot at the end of a counterattack at the end.

Brighton remains sixth, far from its four seasons in the Premier League so far, all between 15th and 17th place.

Potter said ahead of the game that this season wasn’t much different – only the club are luckier. Or maybe the lack of bad luck.

Palace played pretty “Brighton-esque football” at times, especially in the first half, which they dominated.

Brighton were better when Steven Alzate replaced Dan Burn at halftime and they switched to a back four. Alzate walked away injured 20 minutes later but the system stayed.

They had as many shots in the first seven minutes of the second half as in the first 45 (three). But they had to wait until the 90th minute for another chance when Shane Duffy faced Guaita straight away.

It looked like this would be their last chance, but Maupay stormed behind the palace defenses to throw the ball over Guaita’s head.

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