Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 Southampton: Ward-Prowse hits two in entertaining draw
James Ward-Prowse scored two stunning goals as Southampton came from behind to rescue a point at the Amex.
Brighton were cruising thanks to a second-minute strike from Danny Welbeck and Mohammed Salisu’s own goal late in the first half, with Saints full-back Tino Livramento also carried off with a serious-looking leg injury.
However, Ward-Prowse’s trademark free-kick on the cusp of half-time sparked the Southampton fightback, his 14th directly from a free-kick, second only to David Beckham (18) in the Premier League era.
After the break, he demonstrated his skills from open play with a fierce low drive that fizzed past Robert Sanchez bring his side level and take him to 10 goals for the season.
Southampton pushed for a winner against their shell-shocked hosts but lacked creativity and were relieved that Pascal Gross’s late strike was ruled out for offside.
The point does mean Brighton match their record Premier League points tally of 41 and breaks their run of five home games without a goal.
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Brighton & Hove Albion
- 4WebsterSubstituted forGroßat 62′minutes
- 3CucurellaBooked at 45mins
- 12MwepuSubstituted forMarchat 61′minutes
- 10Mac Allister
- 9MaupaySubstituted forSarmientoat 85′minutes
- 21LivramentoSubstituted forPerraudat 37′minutes
- 23TellaSubstituted forS Armstrongat 66′minutes
- 7LongSubstituted forBrojaat 79′minutes
- 9A Armstrong
- 17S Armstrong
Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Southampton 2.
Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Southampton 2.
Offside, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse tries a through ball, but Armando Broja is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Moisés Caicedo (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Cucurella with a cross.
Foul by Armando Broja (Southampton).
Joël Veltman (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Che Adams (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Attempt missed. Oriol Romeu (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong with a cross.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jeremy Sarmiento replaces Neal Maupay.
Attempt missed. Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Attempt blocked. Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jan Bednarek.
Foul by Nathan Redmond (Southampton).
Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Southampton. Armando Broja replaces Shane Long.
VAR Decision: No Goal Brighton and Hove Albion 2-2 Southampton.
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