Brighton secure European football with 3-1 win over Southampton

NEW DELHI: Brighton & Hove Albion have assured they will play in Europe next season for the first time in their history after beating Southampton 3-1 in the premier league at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on Sunday, with the teenage striker Evan Ferguson score twice.
Brighton are sixth in the table on 61 points and can no longer be caught by eighth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, meaning they are guaranteed a place in Europe next season – either in the Europa League or the Europa Conference League.

The match started with missed chances of Kaoru Mitoma And Carlos Alcaraz. However, in the 29th minute Brighton took the lead as Evan Ferguson’s powerful strike slipped under the Southampton goalkeeper. Alex McCarthy.
The moment of brilliance continued as Mitoma showed exceptional strength on the left wing, delivering a pinpoint cross with the outside of his boot to send Ferguson home, doubling Brighton’s lead .

Southampton’s Mohamed Elyounoussi managed to pull one back in the 58th minute but any hope of a comeback was dashed when Pascal Gross deftly cut inside and fired a left-footed shot to seal the win.
With the victory, Brighton cemented their European qualification ambitions, while bottom-placed Southampton remained on 24 points, having already been relegated.


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