Brighton were denied victory against Everton on Sunday by a moment of madness from captain Bruno after their clash at the Amex Stadium ended in a 1-1 draw.
Brighton 1 Everton 1
First half ends goalless
Knockaert opens the scoring
Bruno elbows Calvert-Lewin
Rooney slots home penalty
The Seagulls and out-of-form Toffees shared the spoils in a game that only sprung to life in the final 10 minutes.
Anthony Knockaert opened the scoring in the 82nd minute before Wayne Rooney’s 90th-minute penalty relived some pressure on under-fire manager Ronald Koeman.
In a game where the hosts could easily have ended up with nine men due to some horrific challenges, Koeman’s side would have felt they did enough to earn three points.
Despite the fixture on the south coast providing a dull affair for 70-odd minutes, the final stages proved well worth the wait for all in attendance.
Starting with Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 74th-minute effort that was expertly smothered by Matty Ryan, the match opened up as both teams searched for a valuable win.
Michael Keane then made a world-class block four minutes later to prevent Knockaert from breaking his 13-game goal drought.
Straight after the close call, the visitors would have felt hard done by as Pascal Gross looked to have pulled the shirt of Gylfi Sigurdsson inside the area, as the Iceland international looked to shoot.
While the calls from his team-mates weren’t as relevant, shouts for a red card for a studs-up challenge from Davy Propper on Idrissa Gueye in the first half and Bruno’s elbow on Calvert-Lewin in the 90th minute looked to have been warranted.
However, the inexplicable actions from the veteran right-back allowed Rooney to find a crucial equaliser from the subsequent spot-kick.