Late Welbeck header gives Brighton draw at Palace


Facundo Buonanotte and Danny Welbeck of Brighton & Hove Albion and Jefferson Lerma, Tyrick Mitchell , Jordan Ayew of Crystal Palace in action during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion at Selhurst Park on December 21, 2023 in London, United Kingdom. 

Danny Welbeck's late looping header rescued a point for Brighton as they denied rivals Crystal Palace victory at Selhurst Park in the Premier League.

Having dominated much of the second half, the Seagulls deservedly levelled when substitute Welbeck met Pascal Gross' deep cross, flicking the ball over Dean Henderson and into the top corner.

Jordan Ayew had opened the scoring for Crystal Palace on the stroke of half-time, and the home side were eight minutes of normal time away from ending their six-match winless run.

Brighton goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen had gifted Michael Olise possession and the forward's long cross found Ayew who finished at the back post.

After Welbeck's leveller, his first goal since scoring at Manchester United in September, the visitors looked most likely to net a winner.

They came close in bizarre circumstances when Palace goalkeeper Dean Henderson punched a cross against the head of Welbeck and was fortunate to see the ball bounce wide.

It meant that, for a fifth consecutive meeting, this fixture at Selhurst Park ended in a 1-1 draw.

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