Brighton 1-0 Aston Villa: Joao Pedro scores late winner (2024)

This has been the most damaging week of Aston Villa's season. A shock home defeat to Olympiakos followed by a tired defeat at Brighton has put their league and European ambitions in severe jeopardy.

Joao Pedro's late goal was the difference in the scoreline but the difference in performances was stark, with Roberto De Zerbi's side fully deserving of victory.

The goal, scored on the rebound after the excellent Robin Olsen had saved the initial effort, was the first Brighton have scored since Danny Welbeck's strike at Anfield on March 31st.

Victory here would have all but assured Villa's return to elite European Competition for the first time in 42 years when Peter Withe's shin was enough to beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in the European Cup Final.

But their place remains in doubt, as does this season's run in the Europa Conference League, following a4-2 home defeat to Olympiakos in the first leg of the Semi-Final. Emery made only two changes to that team for the trip to East Sussex, with Pau Torres and Diego Carlosreturning to the starting line up, a decision he may now be regretting.

Joao Pedro scored a late winner for Brighton against Aston Villa after he had missed a penalty

Pedro's goal saw Aston Villa suffer a setback in their race to gain a berth in the top four

Brighton's Pascal Gross also had a goal ruled out for offside 68 minutes into the second half

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It meant that Emery was still without the injured Emi Martinez so Olsen deputised once more as Emery admitted 'it's not easy to replace the best goalkeeper in the world.' Olsen though, was the best performer in a disappointing Villa display.

A first-ever qualification for the Champions League would do a lot to assuage the disappointment of being knocked out in Piraeus next Thursday but Villa looked like the first leg had taken it out of them here.

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It was Brighton, and in particular, Simon Adingra, who were by far the better side. Adingra had the games's first shot, cutting in off the left and then shooting tamely at goal for Olsen to gather. Five minutes later, Adingra had a more powerful effort which Olsen beat away to safety.

There were handfuls of empty seats at the normally capacity Amex, reflective perhaps of the Seagulls taking just two points from the last 18, a run which has seen their season peter out to mid-table mediocrity.

Roberto De Zerbi's side had the better of the early exchanges and almost took the lead when Welbeck - starting his 200th Premier League game - connected with Billy Gilmour's corner with his shoulder and the ball looped narrowly over.

The most entertaining sight of the half was Emery's gesticulations as he relentlessly paced his technical area. He left the Fourth Official in no doubt about his thoughts on a challenge on Leon Bailey and also offered Stuart Attwell his sweater in protest at Ollie Watkins not being awarded a free-kick for a pull on his shirt. Emery was dealt a blow when Morgan Rogers was forced off with an injury after 25 minutes, necessitating a reshuffle with Matty Cash on to replace him.

Watkins - or any Villa forward - saw little of the ball in the first half but the England striker did have one beautiful touch to take him away from Lewis Dunk and into the Brighton penalty area before being dispossessed.

Unai Emery's frustrations were visible, with the Villa boss gesticulating at his players from the touchline

European qualification would have done a lot to assauge the pain of Villa's loss in midweek

The Brighton players applauded their supporters after they secured their first win in six games


Brighton (3-4-3): Verbruggen 6; Veltman 6, Igor Julio 6; Dunk 6; Webster 6, Buonanotte 5 (Enciso 61, 6), Gilmour 6 (Baleba 88), Gross 7; Joao Pedro 7, Welbeck 7 (Moder 88), Adingra 9 (Barco 90).

Goal: Pedro 87'

Subs: Steele (G), Barco, Fati, Offiah, Peupion, O'Mahony.

Booked: Gross, Adingra, De Zerbi (not on pitch)

Aston Villa: (4-4-1-1): Olsen 8; Diego Carlos 7, Konsa 6 (Moreno 90), Torres 6, Digne 7 (Chambers 90); Bailey 5, McGinn 6, Douglas Luiz 6, Rogers 6 (Cash 25, 6); Diaby 6 (Duran 73, 6); Watkins 5.

Subs: Gauci (G), Lenglet, Kesler-Hayden, Iroegbunam, Kellyman.

Booked: Cash

Man of the match: Simon Adingra

Referee:Robert Jones


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It was a game of few chances but Brighton had a flurry of them just before the break. First, Welbeck played in Adingra who collided with Olsen as the Villa keeper raced from his line to gather the ball. Then Ivorian winger Adingra then latched onto a cross from Joao Pedro but failed to make a firm connection at the far post.

Finally the ebullient Adingra picked out Pascal Gross who looked to have stepped round Olsen before the Swedish keeper recovered superbly to save his shot.

Villa had more purpose after the break but were again indebted to Olsen as he denied Joao Pedro at point-blank range after Adingra had again come infield from his left-wing berth to wreak havoc.

The chances were stacking up for Brigfhton and another came and went as substitute Julio Enciso fired over when well placed after John McGinn had missed his clearance.

Brighton had the lion's share of chances, having 15 attempts on goal compared to Villa's two

Pedro had also missed a penalty in the second half before he took his goal in the 87th minute

The Amex erupted when Gross touched in Igor Julio's cross at the near post but it was disallowed after a lengthy VAR check and the frustrations grew.

Eleven minutes from time, the same situation played out at the other end. Bailey blocked Adingra's attempted pass and the ball fell straight to John McGinn who slotted it home before VAR stood up the on-field decision of offside.

With the game into the final ten minutes, Welbeck then went close with a looping header from Enciso's cross before Jones pointed to the spot after Ezri Konsa clipped Adingra's heels after a one-two with Joao Pedro.

Joao Pedro stepped up and saw his effort brilliant saved by Olsen to his right but he reacted quickly to head in the rebound.

Brighton 1-0 Aston Villa: Joao Pedro scores late winner (2024)


Brighton 1-0 Aston Villa: Joao Pedro scores late winner? ›

BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Joao Pedro scored an 87th-minute winner as Brighton beat Aston Villa 1-0 in the Premier League on Sunday. Victory for Brighton ended its six-match winless run in the league and also dented Villa's bid to secure a top-four finish.

Who is the top goalscorer of Brighton all time? ›

Top goalscorers

Tommy Cook is officially recognised by the club as their top scorer, with 123 goals scored in 209 appearances between 1922 and 1929. Bert Stephens scored 174 goals between 1935 and 1948, however only 87 of these were scored in competitive matches.

What was the score between Aston Villa and Brighton today? ›

Brighton 1-0 Aston Villa: The hosts ended a six-game winless run to stall Villa's top-four hopes.

Where is Aston Villa? ›

Villa Park is a football stadium in Aston, Birmingham, with a seating capacity of 42,640.

Who will win between Brighton vs Aston Villa? ›

Both teams have scored in each of the last three meetings between these sides, with 13 goals scored in total during that time. Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last six meetings with Brighton, winning the last five after a 0-0 draw in February 2021.

Who is Brighton highest goal scorer this season? ›

Brighton top scorers 2023/24: Joao Pedro, Simon Adingra and Evan Ferguson top goals chart.

Who is Aston Villa's all-time top scorer? ›

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  • Most goals: Billy Walker 244 goals (1920-1933)
  • Most England Caps: Gareth Southgate (42)
  • Most goals in a season: Pongo Waring 50 goals (1930-1931)

Who owns Aston Villa stadium? ›

The NSWE group injected a further £56.5m into Aston Villa in May 2019 when it bought Villa Park. Sawiris and Edens bought the Villans' iconic home off the club under NSWE Stadium LTD. It was a dormant shell company, Aston Villa LTD, before they renamed it in March 2019.

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Aston Villa: A

Between them, Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris and American asset manager (and Milwaukee Bucks owner) Wes Edens own Aston Villa through their holding company, V Sports. The pair bought the Villa Park outfit in 2018 and have overseen the return of the club to the Premier League.

Who owns Villa? ›

Billionaires Nassef Sawiris and Wesley Edens own Aston Villa via the holding company V Sports. Egypt's richest man Nassef Sawiris and American asset manager Wes Edens created V Sports in 2018.

Have Brighton ever won anything? ›

In the Southern League they won their only national honour to date, the FA Charity Shield, which at that time was contested by the champions of the Southern League, and the Football League, by defeating Football League Champions Aston Villa in 1910.

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Has Brighton ever won against Chelsea? ›

All five of Chelsea's away wins against Brighton in all competitions have come under different managers: Dave Sexton, John Neal, Bobby Campbell, Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri. Brighton's only victory against the Blues was in the third round of the FA Cup in 1932/33 (our first meeting).

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Murray scored a total of 111 goals in 287 appearances across both of his spells at the club, helping Brighton achieve promotion from League One to the Premier League and to the 2018–19 FA Cup semi final. He sits in second place in Brighton's all time top goalscorers list 12 goals behind Tommy Cook from 1921 to 1929.

Who is the most capped player in Brighton? ›

Brighton in all time records
Attendance36747: vs Fulham 27/12/1958 Division 2
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