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EPL English Premier LeagueBrighton 3-1 West Ham United

Brighton 3-1 West Ham United

On the last day of the season, Brighton came from behind to defeat West Ham 3-1, sealing their first-ever Premier League top-half finish.

The Seagulls trailed at the interval when Antonio put the Hammers ahead just before halftime, but Veltman equalized soon after the restart, and they never looked back.

They controlled the second half, with Gross scoring a fantastic goal late on before a Welbeck header clinched the win in stoppage time.

Starting lineup:

BRIGHTON (3-4-2-1): Robert Sanchez; Joel Veltman, Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster; Solly March, Yves Bissouma, Moises Caicedo, Marc Cucurella; Pascal Gross, Alexis Mac Allister; Danny Welbeck.

WEST HAM (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Fabianski; Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Kurt Zouma, Aaron Cresswell; Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice; Jarrod Bowen, Manuel Lanzini, Pablo Fornals; Michail Antonio.

Goals:

WEST HAM, TAKE THE LEAD! What a strike that is from Antonio to make it 1-0! Brighton feels that Dunk was fouled on the edge of the box by the striker after the pair challenged for the ball in the air. Dunk doesn’t reach it, and it falls to Antonio, who smashes an effort towards a goal and flies into the top left corner of the net. Unstoppable!

BRIGHTON HAVE EQUALIZED! The hosts work it well down the left-wing, eventually getting a cross into the box, which West Ham doesn’t clear, and March picks it up at the far post. March holds off his marker and flicks it out to Veltman, who drills a low shot towards goal, and it sneaks underneath Fabianski and into the back of the net. The keeper should be better with that. It’s 1-1!

BRIGHTON ARE AHEAD! Gross makes it 2-1 with a stunning strike! The quick one-two touch football from Brighton is excellent in the final third, with Lamptey and Welbeck linking up well before the latter fires it into the feet of Gross, who turns and smashes the ball into the top left corner of the net.

WELBECK MAKES IT 3-1! Brighton will finish in the top half of the Premier League for the first time! Welbeck puts the icing on top of the cake for the hosts and wraps up the win with a superb header, firing the ball into the bottom left corner of the net following a Gross corner.

So, what’s next?

Brighton finishes the season in ninth.

While West Ham finishes seventh and will play in the Europa Conference League next season.

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