Brighton 1-1 West Ham: Hammers rescue draw but CL hopes fade

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Brighton 1-1 West Ham: Hammers rescue draw but CL hopes fade

West Ham’s faint hopes of scraping Champions League qualification were left hanging by a thread after they were reliant on late strike from Said Benrahma to rescue a 1-1 draw at Brighton.

Substitute Benrahma rifled home his first goal for the club with just three minutes to go, leaving the Hammers five points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea with just two fixtures remaining.

The sixth-placed visitors looked set for a damaging defeat at the Amex Stadium after Danny Welbeck’s 50th Premier League goal broke the deadlock only three minutes earlier.

David Moyes’ men have games against West Brom and Southampton to ensure the minimum of a Europa League place does not slip through their grasp, with Tottenham and Everton each just three points behind and in hot pursuit.

Lowly Brighton remain 17th following their 14th draw of the campaign.

West Ham were seeking to breathe fresh life into their European push after suffering three defeats in their last four.

Influential England midfielder Declan Rice returned from a six-week injury absence to boost their aspirations, with national team boss Gareth Southgate watching from the stands.

Moyes’ men had the better of a cagey opening period short on chances.

Pablo Fornals found himself in dangerous positions on three occasions but was unable to capitalise, while Tomas Soucek stung the palms of Seagulls goalkeeper Robert Sanchez with a rare shot on target.

Brighton’s preparations were severely disrupted by the suspensions of key duo Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay following their red cards at Wolves.

Dunk’s enforced absence was particularly painful on a personal level given the presence of Southgate and with the start of the rescheduled Euro 2020 less than a month away.

Graham Potter’s rejigged hosts were characteristically neat in possession and defended stoutly but did not threaten Lukasz Fabianski prior to the break.

Hammers keeper Fabianski was finally forced into action early in the second period, twice repelling dangerous right-wing crosses from Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Brighton were undefeated in their previous seven Premier League meetings with the visitors and Jahanbakhsh looked eager to help preserve that record.

The Iran winger – seeking his first Premier League goal since January 2020 – beat the onrushing Fabianski from wide on the right but saw the ball flash narrowly wide after Aaron Cresswell was unable to deal with Dan Burn’s searching ball forward.

Time ticked away with little goalmouth action until West Ham wasted a golden chance to edge ahead when unmarked defender Craig Dawson headed narrowly wide following an inviting cross from Benrahma.

That miss proved more costly just minutes later when former England forward Welbeck – who played under Moyes at Manchester United – latched on to a delightful through pass from substitute Percy Tau to lift the ball over Fabianski and claim his landmark goal.

Brighton were on course for only a fourth home league win of the season.

But the Hammers swiftly hit back as former Brentford man Benrahma powerfully drilled home from just outside the box.

Moyes urged his team on for a late winner but the game ebbed away into a fourth successive draw between the two clubs.

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Tuchel laments another handball decision and VAR in Chelsea defeat

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Tuchel laments another handball decision and VAR in Chelsea defeat

Thomas Tuchel insisted Chelsea deserved to win the FA Cup final and criticised “decisive” video assistant referee calls as Leicester triumphed 1-0 at Wembley.

Ayoze Perez cut out Reece James’ pass to spark the move that led to Youri Tielemans’ thunderbolt winner as Leicester swiped their maiden FA Cup crown.

The ball appeared to deflect off Perez’s leg on to his arm before Tielemans’ moment of magic, leaving Chelsea boss Tuchel frustrated that the goal was allowed to stand.

Ex-Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell was denied a last-gasp equaliser for offside after a VAR review, to add to the ire for Blues boss Tuchel.

Chelsea were denied a penalty in Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal when Rob Holding’s goalline block with his arm went unpunished – and Tuchel admitted to having no idea of what now constitutes handball.

“The players said straight away it was a handball,” said Tuchel.

“So now for the second game in a row there was a handball against us, and VAR is not interfering.

“Against Arsenal there was one on the line, and again today, and they are very decisive.



“I’m not an expert in handball any more, I don’t know when it’s handball or not.

“I don’t know any more when they need to punish it or it’s OK to play with the hand.

“We were unlucky today. But there’s never any guarantee you’ll end up with a trophy.

“I think we would have deserved to win but we have to accept defeat.”

Captain Cesar Azpilicueta could not adjust quickly enough to nod in from point-blank range after Timo Werner flicked on a cross, in a big opening that Tuchel was left to rue.

The Blues’ German coach insisted Chelsea cannot be too downcast in defeat and was adamant his players had performed relatively well despite their final-third shortcomings.

“Of course we are disappointed, but we are not angry, it’s not on our boys,” said Tuchel.

“Today we are simply unlucky. We have never hidden the fact that you need luck in this game to be able to win on this level.

“All the time you need momentum, little details and decision making, referee and sometimes to win with a shot like today.

“We defended very, very well, were aggressive in counter-pressing, we didn’t allow any counter attack chances, no half-chances, and I was absolutely happy with the work-rate intensity.

“But in the decision-making we were a bit too hectic, a bit too straight up front.

“We wanted to force the solution too far, we had unnecessary ball losses and imprecise decision making.

“We created some two-against-two and two-against-three situations, that we couldn’t do as well as we should have.

“We had a big, big chance with Azpilicueta, maybe the biggest in the whole game.

“In the second half we controlled the match even higher, and we conceded a goal out of nothing, a fantastic goal, but a lucky goal of course.

“And then we have a big chance with Mason, a fantastic save from Schmeichel, and offside goal, that was very, very close.”

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