Mat Ryan’s Brighton and Hove Albion have secured their Premier League status for another season after a shock 1-0 win over Manchester United on Saturday (AEST).
The Caltex Socceroos keeper kept a clean sheet as the Seagulls stunned Jose Mourinho’s men at the AMEX Stadium to snap a seven-game winless run in all competitions.
The winner came 12 minutes after half-time, with Pascal Gross’ header just getting over the line, with the referee awarding the goal thanks to goal-line technology.
Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo did superbly down the left, standing up a cross for Gross who headed on goal, with United’s Marcos Rojo clearing it away, but it was from behind the line.
Ryan didn’t have much to do in the first-half but came up with a couple of crucial saves after the break.
The Aussie gloveman kept out an effort from Paul Pogba early in the second-half before he was forced into saves from both Marcus Rashford and substitute Jesse Lingard as the visitors chased an equaliser.
But Brighton held on to get to the magical 40-point mark for the season and ensure their EPL status for another season.
They are currently in 11th spot ahead of a midweek clash at the Etihad Stadium against champions Manchester City.
The Seagulls then end their season at Anfield against UEFA Champions League finalists Liverpool.
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