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EPL: Late Rooney penalty rescues draw for Everton at Brighton

Last updated on: October 15, 2017 22:42 IST

Everton's Wayne Rooney scores from the penalty spot during their Premier League match against Brighton and Hove Albion at Amex Stadium in Brighton, England, on Sunday

IMAGE: Everton's Wayne Rooney scores from the penalty spot during their Premier League match against Brighton and Hove Albion at Amex Stadium in Brighton, England, on Sunday. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Wayne Rooney scored a 90th-minute penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw for Everton, whose difficult start to the season continued at Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Sunday.

The hosts had looked on course to take all three points from a drab match when Anthony Knockaert pounced on a loose ball and fired home eight minutes from fulltime.

Yet Brighton defender Bruno caught Dominic Calvert-Lewin with an elbow in the final minute and Rooney converted the resulting penalty.

 

Ronald Koeman's side almost snatched victory in the 94th minute, but Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan produced fine saves to deny Kevin Mirallas and Calvert-Lewin on the follow-up.

Having spent around 140 million pounds ($186 million) in the close season transfer window, fuelling fan hopes that they could challenge higher up the table, Everton have won just two of their opening eight matches and pressure is mounting on boss Koeman.

Sunday's draw moved both teams on to eight points and lifted them one place in the table, Brighton to 14th and Everton to 16th.

"At least we got one point -- I think a point well deserved," Koeman said.

"We were the better team. Most of the time we had good ball possession. Maybe we had to create a bit more.

"After 1-0 we showed character and finally maybe had to win the game in the last few seconds."

Rooney was returning to the starting line-up after being dropped for Everton's last league match, a 1-0 home defeat to Burnley.

The visitors enjoyed the bulk of the possession, but struggled to create clear-cut chances and the best opportunities of the match prior to Knockaert's opener both fell to Brighton.

Everton defender Michael Keane, however, made crucial blocks to deny Lewis Dunk in the first half and Knockaert in the second.

"(I am) incredibly disappointed at this moment, because of the timing it feels more like a defeat," Brighton manager Chris Hughton said.

"I thought we were good value. Incredibly disappointed in the manner we conceded. We were up against a very good Everton team, but at that stage I couldn't see them scoring." 

Gabbiadini double earns Southampton 2-2 draw against Newcastle

Manolo Gabbiadini earned Southampton a point by scoring both goals in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United at St Mary’s on Sunday.

The Italian striker equalised twice for the hosts, first with a fine solo effort in the 49th minute to cancel out Isaac Hayden’s first-half opener.

Newcastle regained the lead two minutes later through Ayoze Perez, but Gabbiadini replied from the penalty spot in the 75th minute after Shane Long had been brought down by Florian Lejeune.

Gabbiadini’s double saved Southampton from a third successive home defeat and lifted them two places to 10th in the table, while Newcastle remain ninth.

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