The ball goes past Crystal Palace's English goalkeeper Jack Butland (center) to cross the line after Crystal Palace's Danish defender Joachim Andersen (2nd left) deflected the ball into the net for an own goal during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on Jan 14, 2022. The game ended 1-1. (GLYN KIRK / AFP)
BRIGHTON - Brighton and Hove Albion got a deserved point in a 1-1 home draw with Crystal Palace thanks to a late own goal by visiting defender Joachim Andersen in the Premier League on Friday.
Brighton dominated the first half and should have taken the lead in the 38th minute, only for Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland to save Pascal Gross’ poor penalty in the 38th minute.
The hosts did have the ball in the net moments later, but Neal Maupay’s effort was ruled out for a foul on Butland following a VAR review.
Further Brighton chances came and went in the second half, but they could not make one count with Conor Gallagher, who is enjoying a fine season at Palace on loan from Chelsea, firing home in the 69th minute against the run of play.
Palace looked like they had done enough to secure all three points, but Danish defender Anderson inadvertently diverted the ball into his own net three minutes from time.
Danny Welbeck almost snatched victory for Brighton late on but headed over as they settled for a point that moved them up to eighth in the standings on 28 points from 20 games, while Palace climbed to 11th on 24 having played a game more.
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