Brighton stun Man United with late Alexis Mac Allister penalty after VAR drama

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Brighton and Hove Albion have beaten Manchester United after a late penalty from Alexis Mac Allister.

After Liverpool’s narrow 1-0 win over Fulham on Wednesday night, United were looking to put seven points between themselves and Jurgen Klopp’s side with a victory at the Amex Stadium.

For Brighton, they are still in with a big shout of finishing in fifth place and securing a spot in next season’s Europa League after a brilliant season under Roberto De Zerbi.

The Seagulls were also looking to get revenge on United after their dramatic penalty shootout defeat in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley last month.

It was a frantic start under the lights at the Amex as both sides looked to create chances early doors.

Although neither team managed to find the breakthrough, it was still a very entertaining half of football as they went into the interval tied at 0-0.

In the second half, Brighton grew into the match as they looked the more likely side to get the go-ahead goal.

As the clock ticked towards the 90th minute, five minutes of added time were signalled.

Right at the death, after a corner was whipped into the box and cleared away, everyone thought that was the final act of the night.

However, a VAR check was going on for a potential handball against Luke Shaw.

Referee Andre Marriner was advised to visit the monitor and gave a penalty.

Brighton’s Argentine World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister stepped up and dispatched the spot kick, sending the Amex stadium into pandemonium.

Fans were quick to react on social media.

One said: “Mac Allister has ice in his veins.”

Another tweeted: “They really were v good. Hard not to be impressed.”

A third fan added: “Fully deserved the stand out side mac allister is a baller.”

Someone else wrote: “Beautiful scenes. They battered the london reds 2nd half. Well deserved.”

Whilst a fifth commented: “Well deserved, by far the better team.”

As a result of the victory, Brighton moved up to sixth place with 55 points, four points behind fifth-placed Liverpool with two games in hand.

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