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Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Liverpool: Kaoru Mitoma injury-time goal sends FA Cup holders out

Tariq Lamptey takes a shot against Liverpool that leads to Brighton's opening goal
Tariq Lamptey’s shot deflected in off Lewis Dunk for Brighton’s equaliser

Kaoru Mitoma scored in stoppage time as Brighton knocked holders Liverpool out of the FA Cup with an impressive victory at the Amex.

With the game heading to a draw, Japan winger Mitoma produced a great piece of control before firing in from close range to stun the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp’s side, who were beaten 3-0 at the Seagulls two weeks ago, took the lead midway through the first half when Harvey Elliott slotted into the bottom corner from Mohamed Salah’s pass following a quick break.

However, Brighton equalised when Tariq Lamptey’s shot from distance deflected heavily off Lewis Dunk to fly into the back of the net.

It looked like a replay at Anfield would be needed to decide the tie before Mitoma stepped up to snatch another big result for Brighton.

Seagulls continue to defy expectations

It is testament to the impressive work done by Seagulls boss Roberto de Zerbi since his appointment that you couldn’t say with a degree of certainty which side was the favourite heading into this match.

Liverpool won the FA Cup last season but have endured a difficult campaign and went into this game as the side lower in the Premier League table – they are ninth while Brighton are sixth.

The hosts impressively outplayed the Reds on 14 January and clearly fancied their chances of another victory against them as they showed belief and confidence in this game.

Great defending by Dunk prevented what looked to be a certain goal for Salah early on, while Evan Ferguson then had a shot cleared off the line by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The hosts stepped it up after the break and got their reward for another hard-working display with Mitoma’s late winner, although the home fans’ celebrations were delayed as a possible offside was checked by the video assistant referee before the goal was given.

Mitoma is the latest star to rise at Brighton, who continue to impress despite losing Leandro Trossard to Arsenal earlier this month and with Moises Caicedo left out of this game following a bid from the Gunners.

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Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number23Player nameSteele

  2. Squad number2Player nameLamptey

  3. Squad number4Player nameWebster

  4. Squad number5Player nameDunk

  5. Squad number30Player nameEstupiñán

  6. Squad number13Player nameGroß

  7. Squad number10Player nameMac Allister

  8. Squad number7Player nameMarch

  9. Squad number18Player nameWelbeck

  10. Squad number22Player nameMitoma

  11. Squad number28Player nameFerguson

  1. Squad number21Player nameUndav

  2. Squad number27Player nameGilmour

  3. Squad number29Player namevan Hecke

  4. Squad number34Player nameVeltman



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Steele
  • 2LampteySubstituted forvan Heckeat 90+6′minutes
  • 4WebsterSubstituted forVeltmanat 45′minutes
  • 5DunkBooked at 63mins
  • 30Estupiñán
  • 13Groß
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 7March
  • 18WelbeckSubstituted forGilmourat 67′minutes
  • 22Mitoma
  • 28FergusonSubstituted forUndavat 89′minutes


  • 1Sánchez
  • 19Sarmiento
  • 20Enciso
  • 21Undav
  • 27Gilmour
  • 29van Hecke
  • 34Veltman
  • 49Moran
  • 71Hinshelwood


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-ArnoldSubstituted forMilnerat 59′minutes
  • 5KonatéBooked at 62mins
  • 2Gomez
  • 26RobertsonBooked at 90mins
  • 6Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forJonesat 79′minutes
  • 43BajceticBooked at 17minsSubstituted forFabinhoat 84′minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 8KeïtaSubstituted forHendersonat 59′minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 18Gakpo
  • 19ElliottSubstituted forNúñezat 59′minutes


  • 3Fabinho
  • 7Milner
  • 14Henderson
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 17Jones
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 27Núñez
  • 32Matip
  • 62Kelleher

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