Neal Maupay's goal came after a run of seven games without scoring
Neal Maupay's acrobatic overhead kick earned Brighton a dramatic draw against West Ham at London Stadium.
The Frenchman scored in the 89th minute when the Seagulls were down to 10 men after Adam Lallana had gone off injured, with the visitors unable to make any more substitutions.
West Ham had scored after only five minutes as Pablo Fornals' superb inswinging corner was glanced in by Tomas Soucek's near-post header.
Fornals nearly doubled their advantage but his well-struck 15-yard effort hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced clear.
The Hammers thought they had a second goal when the ball crept over the line off the heel of Brighton defender Shane Duffy in a goalmouth scramble.
However, it was ruled out following a lengthy Video Assistant Referee delay as Michail Antonio was adjudged offside before the ball hit the away defender.
Despite having further chances to score a second, the Hammers could not finish the game off and were punished late on.
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Brighton dig deep to earn point
West Ham thought they had earned their eighth win in 14 Premier League matches and remain fourth, but only one point clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who play at Manchester United on Thursday.
But Hammers boss David Moyes will be frustrated his side did not put the game beyond Brighton's reach.
In the last 15 minutes Jarrod Bowen shot just wide and Declan Rice and Antonio were both denied by Robert Sanchez before the visitors levelled.
For Brighton, it was a hard-earned point, although they have still not won since 22 September, a run now at 10 games.
They handed a first Premier League start to 19-year-old Ecuador forward Jeremy Sarmiento, but the teenager only lasted 12 minutes before he picked up a hamstring problem, with centre-half Adam Webster (calf) and midfielder Lallana (thigh) also suffering injuries.
Lallana's injury came after they had made three blocks of substitutions so they played the last five minutes a player short.
Brighton's players were booed during their 0-0 home draw against Leeds on Saturday, even though the club are on course to beat the 13th place they secured in the old Division One in 1981-82, their highest ever position.
But Graham Potter would have been delighted with their effort and resilience on Wednesday.
Since his Premier League debut in February 2020, only Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin (eight) and Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke (seven) have scored more headed goals in the competition than Tomas Soucek (six)
After West Ham's goal, the visitors had chances to equalise but Jakub Moder's shot was saved by Lukasz Fabianski before Dunk headed just wide from the resulting corner.
Immediately after the restart Solly March's deflected effort was tipped over by Fabianski with the Poland international also saving another Dunk header.
But they got their goal when a cross from substitute Tariq Lamptey found Maupay and his excellent finish secured a point.
Player of the match
with an average of 7.69
- West HamWest Ham UnitedWest Ham UnitedBrightonBrighton & Hove AlbionBrighton & Hove Albion
West Ham UnitedAvgSquad number41Player nameRiceAverage rating
Squad number20Player nameBowenAverage rating
Squad number28Player nameSoucekAverage rating
Squad number8Player nameFornalsAverage rating
Squad number1Player nameFabianskiAverage rating
Squad number10Player nameLanziniAverage rating
Squad number4Player nameZoumaAverage rating
Squad number5Player nameCoufalAverage rating
Squad number22Player nameBenrahmaAverage rating
Squad number15Player nameDawsonAverage rating
Squad number31Player nameJohnsonAverage rating
Squad number9Player nameAntonioAverage rating
Squad number26Player nameMasuakuAverage rating
Brighton & Hove AlbionAvgSquad number24Player nameDuffyAverage rating
Squad number2Player nameLampteyAverage rating
Squad number3Player nameCucurellaAverage rating
Squad number8Player nameBissoumaAverage rating
Squad number5Player nameDunkAverage rating
Squad number20Player nameMarchAverage rating
Squad number11Player nameTrossardAverage rating
Squad number14Player nameLallanaAverage rating
Squad number15Player nameModerAverage rating
Squad number9Player nameMaupayAverage rating
Squad number1Player nameSánchezAverage rating
Squad number34Player nameVeltmanAverage rating
Squad number4Player nameWebsterAverage rating
Squad number60Player nameSarmientoAverage rating
- Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text
- 1Fabianski5Coufal15Dawson4Zouma31Johnson28Soucek41Rice20Bowen8FornalsSubstituted forMasuakuat 77'minutes22BenrahmaSubstituted forLanziniat 76'minutes9AntonioBooked at 90mins
- 1Sánchez34VeltmanSubstituted forLampteyat 70'minutes4WebsterSubstituted forDuffyat 36'minutes5Dunk3Cucurella15Moder8Bissouma60SarmientoSubstituted forMarchat 13'minutes14LallanaSubstituted forat 85'minutes11Trossard9MaupayBooked at 90mins
- 2Lamptey10Mac Allister12Mwepu13Groß20March23Steele24Duffy27Locadia33Burn
Referee:Chris KavanaghMatch StatsHome TeamWest HamAway TeamBrightonPossessionHome34%Away66%ShotsHome14Away9Shots on TargetHome6Away3CornersHome9Away5FoulsHome10Away8Live TextPost update
Match ends, West Ham United 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Michail Antonio (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Michail Antonio (West Ham United).
Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Yves Bissouma.
Attempt blocked. Vladimir Coufal (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Tariq Lamptey.
Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Arthur Masuaku (West Ham United).
Attempt blocked. Kurt Zouma (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Robert Sánchez.
Attempt saved. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Declan Rice with a through ball.
Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.
Goal! West Ham United 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Tariq Lamptey with a cross.
Foul by Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Jakub Moder (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United).
Adam Lallana went off injured after Brighton and Hove Albion had used all subs.
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