Conor Gallagher’s impressive opener was ruled out by a dramatic late own-goal as Brighton and Crystal Palace drew 1-1 at the Amex Stadium on Friday night.
Gallagher’s goal sparked incredible celebrations in the away end, but ultimately the home fans had the last laugh.
In the first half, Brighton were twice denied an opener during a crazy spell in which they missed a penalty and had a goal disallowed.
Pascal Gross’ tame attempt from the spot was repelled by Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland after Joel Veltman was adjudged to have been fouled by Will Hughes at a corner following VAR intervention.
Palace’s travelling fans, who threw a flare onto the pitch before Gross’ kick, had barely finished celebrating the save when Neal Maupay put the ball into the net moments later.
Referee Robert Jones was once again called to the pitchside monitor and subsequently ruled Maupay had bundled the ball out of Butland’s hands.
Palace snatched the lead in the 69th minute through Gallagher, sending the away end into delirium.
The on-loan Chelsea midfielder emphatically fired his seventh Premier League goal of the season into the right corner after Jeffrey Schlupp pulled the ball back.
Jamie Carragher reacted: “That’s what you call ‘scenes’, ‘limbs’ in that away end.
“I said before, in big rivalry you don’t care how you get the points, how you perform.
“How often do you see this in his career? The right place at the right time and that’s a fantastic finish.
“To just have the composure to find that far corner.
“In Conor Gallagher we’re watching a top midfield player this season.”
Brighton levelled with three minutes remaining.
Maupay worked his way into the box past Joel Ward and his centre was inadvertently turned his own net by Palace defender Joachim Andersen.
There were no further goals despite late pressure from the hosts and the gaem ended 1-1.
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