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2021-22 English Premier League
  • Tomás Soucek (5')
  • Neal Maupay (89')

Brighton draw with West Ham thanks to late Neal Maupay stunner

Neal Maupay of Brighton celebrates after scoring a goal against West Ham in the Premier League. Getty Images

A stunning overhead kick by Neal Maupay cancelled out Tomas Soucek's early goal as Brighton & Hove Albion came back to draw 1-1 at West Ham United in a pulsating Premier League clash on Wednesday.

Hammers midfielder Soucek struck in the fifth minute, guiding a deft glancing header from Pablo Fornals' corner past Robert Sanchez to give his side the lead.

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Brighton came storming back and dominated for much of the second half but struggled to convert their possession and slick passing into goal-scoring chances until Maupay threw himself into the air to fire home Tariq Lamptey's cross from the right in the 89th minute.

Seagulls boss Graham Potter was forced to make two changes before half-time as Jeremy Sarmiento and Adam Webster both picked up injuries and had to be replaced by Solly March and Shane Duffy.

Despite having to reshuffle their pack, Brighton came storming back and Jakob Moder should have put them level after he was teed up by Maupay just before the break, but he fired his effort into the legs of Lukasz Fabianski.

The visitors opened the second half with two more good chances for March and Lewis Dunk before West Ham had another goal from a corner ruled out for offside after a lengthy VAR review.

With West Ham looking to hit on the counter-attack, Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez pulled off a brace of superb saves to keep his side in it, with one full-length diving effort to deny Declan Rice bringing roars of approval from the travelling fans.

Brighton continued to dominate possession but struggled to convert their slick passing into goal-scoring chances until Maupay threw himself into the air to fire home Tariq Lamptey's cross from the right in the 89th minute to snatch a point.

The draw stretches Brighton's streak to nine league games without a win and leaves them seventh in the table on 19 points, while West Ham remain fourth on 24 points.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 22 +41 56
2 Liverpool 21 +37 45
3 Chelsea 22 +28 43
4 West Ham United 22 +11 37
5 Arsenal 20 +8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 +3 33
7 Manchester United 20 +3 32
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 +2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 20 0 28
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford 21 -9 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton 19 -10 19
17 Watford 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley 17 -11 11