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Brighton save point against Southampton as Neal Maupay equalize in the 98th minute

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Despite all the discussions this week about a tactical revolution at Manchester United under Ralf Rangnick, yesterday’s clearest illustration of his so-called ‘genpress’ and its effectiveness was seen 180 miles to the south.

Similar name, same style, with a much tighter budget. One of Rangnick’s apprentices from their time at RB Leipzig, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton side are the pressing kings of the Premier League.

Saints played Brighton outside the park for 97 minutes yesterday and made them look damn average. But at 98 minutes, the so-called wasteful striker Neal Maupay equalized to put an end to hopes of a very impressive win.

Neal Maupay scored an equalizing goal in the 98th minute as Brighton saved a point at Southampton

It was the second time this week that Maupay had saved a point for Brighton and although it is now 10 winless games for Brighton, it could be crucial draws.

Especially when you notice that this was a rich undeserved point. Southampton’s off-the-ball work put an end to what is normally an easily eye-catching game for Graham Potter’s Brighton.

Time and again in this game, Southampton’s intense play allowed them to catch Albion’s ball in dangerous areas and launch quick counterattacks.

Armando Broja put Southampton ahead with a great first half finish

Armando Broja put Southampton ahead with a great first half finish

The Saints appeared to have finished a three-game streak without a win on Saturday

The Saints appeared to have finished a three-game streak without a win on Saturday

The pattern was set from the first minutes and Saints might have been ahead of the game if Brighton’s Robert Sanchez hadn’t paid close attention.

In the fourth minute, possession changed hands in the halfway line and Che Adams brought in Armando Broja, who ran into the penalty area and was denied by a strong save from Sanchez.

The Spanish goalkeeper again denied Broja minutes later – with his feet this time – after which a heroic block from Shane Duffy prevented a goal from Tino Livramento.

The pressure from Southampton continued, Adams and Nathan Tella both got close, and it took over 20 minutes for Brighton to have a meaningful chance as Alex McCarthy saved from Enock Mwepu’s long range attack.

Until Maupay scored a late equalizer for Brighton for the second consecutive week

Until Maupay scored a late equalizer for Brighton for the second consecutive week

MATCH FACTS AND PLAYERS REVIEWS

SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-2-2): McCarthy 7.5; Livramento 7.5, Lyanco 7, Salisu 6, Walker-Peters 6.5; Romeu 7.5, Ward-Prowse 7; Redmond 6.5, Tella 6 (Elyounoussi 84); Adams 7, Broja 8 (A Armstrong 81).

Subs not used: Lewis, Stephens, Long, Perraud, Smallbone, Diallo, Walcott.

goals: Broja (29)

Booked: Tella, Elyounoussi.

Manager: Ralph Hasenhuttl 8.

BRIGHTON (3-4-2-1): Sanchez 6; Veltman 6 (Moder 78), Duffy 5, Burn 5; Lamptey 5 (63, March 6), Mwepu 6.5, Bissouma 7, Cucurella 7.5; Trossard 6.5, Gross 6 (Connolly 55, 6); Maupay 7.5.

Subs not used: Sharpen, Steele, MacAllister, Locadia, Roberts, Richards.

goals: Maupay (90+7)

Booked: duffy.

Referee: Anthony Taylor7.

And just as the Seagulls were starting to grow in the game and look comfortable, it came. Saints won the ball back, via Lyanco, and within seconds they were on target.

Nathan Redmond played Broja in a similar position to where he shot straight at Sanchez in the beginning, but this time there was no foul.

Seeing the commanding Duffy running towards him and about to fly into a tackle, Broja made a turn from Cruyff and poked home past Sanchez.

Words cannot do justice to the composure and turn of the Chelsea mercenary Broja, 20. A fan on Twitter joked that he sent Duffy all the way back to his disastrous Celtic loan spell last season.

Born in Slough, Broja is an Albanian international and that was his third Premier League goal of the season. Shortly after the break, however, he should have made four.

From a former Chelsea player to a Blues mercenary, Livramento sent the ball to Broja, who this time failed to find a clean connection and fired a shot wide of goal from about 40 yards away.

Brighton, usually so confident in possession, struggled to make passes, thanks in large part to Saints’ pressing play. They set traps all over the field that allowed them to steal the ball and jump into racing attacks.

It was the 77th minute before Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy made a save that was more than a catch-up. Neal Maupay found space in the penalty area and shot hard and low, but England goalkeeper McCarthy made a heroic save with his feet.

Maupay’s troubles in front of goal are well documented, but this was another chance he should have buried.

Their offensive attack was somewhat thwarted by a five-minute stoppage that was forced when Leandro Trossard was stretched off the field with his right arm in an orange protective brace.

The Belgian seemed to land awkwardly after a fairground ride with Redmond. It adds to Brighton’s injury crisis, along with their first-choice back three, two of them injured and now Duffy will be suspended for picking up a fifth yellow of the season.

When 10 minutes before stoppage time was declared, Brighton began to harass Saints with a series of test crosses.

And in the 98th minute, Maupay popped up in the penalty area and clung to the end of a loose ball to score a crucial equalizing goal.

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