Brighton 1-1 Liverpool: Pascal Gross’ penalty denies champions

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool: Pascal Gross' penalty denies champions
Brighton 1-1 Liverpool: Pascal Gross' penalty denies champions

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool: Pascal Gross’ penalty denies champions. Liverpool drop two points but return to the top of the Premier League.

Pascal Gross’ controversial injury-time penalty, awarded after a VAR intervention, gave Brighton a 1-1 draw against champions Liverpool.

With the game at 1-0 heading into stoppage time, Andrew Robertson was adjudged to have kicked the foot of Danny Welbeck in the box, and after going over to the pitchside monitor, referee Stuart Attwell awarded the spot-kick, despatched down the middle by Gross.

Brighton had already missed a first-half penalty – Neal Maupay struck a penalty wide after Neco Williams had brought down Aaron Connolly (20) – before Diogo Jota looked to have given Liverpool the victory, dancing past two challenges before finding the bottom corner (60), his eighth strike in eight Liverpool games.

The result means Liverpool return to the top of the Premier League for 24 hours at least, one point ahead of Tottenham and three ahead of Chelsea who face off on Super Sunday. Brighton sit 16th with 10 points from 10 games.

Man of the match: Diogo Jota

Credit: Sky Sports

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