Aussies Abroad: Ryan keeps Brighton alive before late comeback against Everton

Mat Ryan’s Brighton & Hove Albion snatched a dramatic late winner to earn three Premier League points in a 3-2 victory over Everton.

Lucas Digne’s own goal four minutes into stoppage time clinched the victory after the Seagulls had fallen behind with 10 minutes to play at the AMEX Stadium. 

With Aaron Mooy missing through suspension, Pascal Gross fired the home side in front with a rocket 15th-minute free-kick but the lead lasted only five minutes when Adam Webster headed Digne’s corner into his own net under pressure from Richarlison.

Ryan raced out of goal and made himself big to deny Theo Walcott at close range on 23 minutes and the Caltex Socceroos number one stood tall to collect Gylfi Sigurdsson’s long-range effort on 36 minutes.

The Aussie gloveman had to react quickly to stop Alex Iwobi’s angled effort after the Nigerian’s low drive deflected off Webster’s heel and the game went into half-time locked at 1-1. 

Iwobi took aim again on 55 minutes from the edge of the box but his strike flew straight at Ryan, before the 27-year-old New South Welshman gathered Walcott’s looping attempt a minute later. 

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Everton sub Dominic Calvert-Lewin sprung the game into life, slotting the Toffees into a 75th-minute lead, but Neal Maupay’s 80th-minute penalty levelled it up at 2-2 after Aaron Connelly was fouled by Michael Keane.

That set up the grandstand finish, as Digne turned Leandro Trossard’s delivery past his own goalkeeper deep into injury time as Brighton stunned Marco Silva’s side to climb to 12th in the Premier League table.

Irvine and Souttar celebrate winning weekends

There were wins for Jackson Irvine’s Hull City in the Championship and Harry Souttar’s Fleetwood Town in League One early on Sunday morning AEDT.

Irvine’s team sealed a 2-0 win against Derby County thanks to a pair of late goals from Jarrod Bowen.

Kamil Grosicki was the provider on 74 and 80 minutes as Grant McCann’s side recorded only their second win in seven at KCOM Stadium.

Irvine played through a 90-minute workout as as the Tigers recorded only 39% of possession but held on to a win which jumps them to 12th in the Championship ladder.

Massimo Luongo missed out on Sheffield Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Leeds United with a sore ankle.

Owls manager Garry Monk said: “I left it until this morning to see how it was but it was still too swollen.” 

In League One, Souttar and Fleetwood Town edged to a 1-0 triumph over Milton Keynes Dons following a late winner from substitute Ched Evans.

The Trawlermen dominated with 73% possession and 17 shots to five as the visitors clung on but the 85th-minute goal proved decisive.

Souttar’s side leap to fourth in the table, while Mark Milligan played 84 minutes for Southend United in a 3-1 loss to table-toppers Ipswich Town.

Ex-England international Sol Campbell oversaw his first game in the Shrimpers dugout as substitute Emile Acquah’s hit a consolation goal. 

"We will push them all the way so they can realise how far they can go as footballers,” said Campbell, who took over the 23rd-place team earlier this week.

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Degenek’s Red Star juggernaut rolls on

Milos Degenek started as Red Star Belgrade got back to winning ways in the league by thumping Radnik Surdulica 5-0 on the road.

Milan Pavkov’s sixth-minute spot-kick got the ball rolling, before Aleksa Vukanovic and El Fardou Ben struck before the interval.

Comoros Island international Ben made it four from the penalty spot on 57 minutes and Matteo Garcia wrapped up the win eight minutes later.

Crvena Zvedza lead the Serbian SuperLiga by six points from Vojvodina with 11 wins from their 12 matches in 2019/20.

Trent Sainsbury’s Maccabi Haifi also stayed top of the Israeli Premier League with a convincing 3-0 win at struggling Hapoel Kfar Saba.

Dutchman Tjaronn Cherry struck a double and Muhammad Awad added the finishing touch as Haifa hold a slender goal-difference lead in the ladder.

James Jeggo’s Austria Wien’s fight back was in vain as the hosts went down 3-2 against mid-table rivals WSG Wattens. 

The visitors shot into a two-goal lead inside five minutes and goals from Alon Turgeman and Christoph Monschein were not enough to save a point for the Violets.

In the German Bundesliga, there were no minutes for substitutes Brandon Borrello and Matthew Leckie this weekend. 

Borello’s Freiburg SC grabbed a 2-1 win over RB Leipzig to go a point behind Bayern Munich at the summit, while Leckie’s Hertha slipped to a 3-2 loss against Hoffenheim.

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