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Leicester grab late winner at Brighton

Published on: 06 March 2021

Daniel Amartey's goal was his first this season

Daniel Amartey scored a late winner as Leicester City came from behind to beat Brighton and boost their bid for Champions League qualification.

The defender stooped low to head into an empty net after Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez failed to claim Marc Albrighton's corner.

Kelechi Iheanacho began the fightback with his second goal in as many games.

He cancelled out Adam Lallana's first Brighton goal, which ended a 504-day drought without scoring.

Victory lifted Leicester above Manchester United and into second place in the Premier League, while extending their unbeaten away run to 10 league games.

Brighton remain three points above the relegation zone in 16th.

Foxes stay in the hunt

Leicester were on course for a top-four finish last season before falling away after the postponement for coronavirus.

Talisman Jamie Vardy has scored only once in his past 11 league games, but Iheanacho is producing the goals to fill the void.

Having rescued a point at Burnley on Wednesday, Iheanacho latched on to Youri Tielemans' exquisite no-look through ball to lift the ball over Sanchez for the equaliser.

Amartey was the beneficiary when Albrighton whipped in an excellent late corner and Sanchez was unable to free his arms and punch the ball clear in the melee of bodies.

Leicester have the best away record in the division, and with key playmaker James Maddison likely to return before the end of the season, their credentials are looking strong.

Seagulls flying close to danger

England midfielder Lallana arrived at Brighton last summer with the intention of securing regular football after playing a fringe roll in Liverpool's title win.

Injuries have cost the 32-year-old a consistent run in the side, but this was his best performance for Brighton.

He latched on to Neal Maupay's through ball to smash past Kasper Schmeichel from inside the area with aplomb.

Moments later, Lallana's cushioned left-footed pass set up Maupay, who was marginally offside.

Lallana was playing with confidence and was denied a second goal by a smart save from Schmeichel with the scores level.

The Seagulls are in danger of being sucked into the bottom three but keeping Lallana fit may be their best route to another season in the top flight.

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Player of the match

SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel

with an average of 7.15

    BrightonBrighton & Hove AlbionBrighton & Hove AlbionLeicesterLeicester CityLeicester City

Brighton & Hove AlbionAvgSquad number14Player nameLallanaAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameDunkAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameWhiteAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameBissoumaAverage rating


Squad number34Player nameVeltmanAverage rating


Squad number33Player nameBurnAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameMac AllisterAverage rating


Squad number26Player nameSánchezAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameMaupayAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameTrossardAverage rating


Squad number13Player nameGroßAverage rating


Squad number18Player nameWelbeckAverage rating


Squad number17Player nameAlzateAverage rating


Squad number16Player nameJahanbakhshAverage rating


Leicester CityAvgSquad number1Player nameSchmeichelAverage rating


Squad number14Player nameIheanachoAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameTielemansAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameAlbrightonAverage rating


Squad number18Player nameAmarteyAverage rating


Squad number21Player nameRicardo PereiraAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameVardyAverage rating


Squad number50Player nameSidnei TavaresAverage rating


Squad number27Player nameCastagneAverage rating


Squad number25Player nameNdidiAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameFofanaAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameSöyüncüAverage rating


Squad number20Player nameChoudhuryAverage rating


    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


Formation 4-4-2

26Sánchez34Veltman3White5Dunk33Burn13Groß8Bissouma10Mac Allister11Trossard14Lallana9Maupay

    26Sánchez34Veltman3White5Dunk33Burn13Groß8BissoumaSubstituted forJahanbakhshat 90+1'minutes10Mac AllisterSubstituted forAlzateat 68'minutes11Trossard14Lallana9MaupaySubstituted forWelbeckat 79'minutes




Formation 3-1-4-2

1Schmeichel18Amartey3Fofana4Söyüncü25Ndidi21Ricardo Pereira50Tavares8Tielemans27Castagne14Iheanacho9Vardy

    1Schmeichel18Amartey3Fofana4Söyüncü25Ndidi21Ricardo Pereira50TavaresSubstituted forAlbrightonat 72'minutes8TielemansBooked at 76mins27Castagne14IheanachoSubstituted forChoudhuryat 90+1'minutes9Vardy



Referee:Michael OliverMatch StatsHome TeamBrightonAway TeamLeicesterPossessionHome37%Away63%ShotsHome7Away8Shots on TargetHome2Away4CornersHome6Away6FoulsHome14Away8Live TextPost update

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Leicester City 2.

90'+5'Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Leicester City 2.

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Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+5'Post update

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90'+2'Post update

Offside, Leicester City. Wilfred Ndidi tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

90'+1'Post update

Attempt missed. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.


Substitution, Leicester City. Hamza Choudhury replaces Kelechi Iheanacho.


Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Alireza Jahanbakhsh replaces Yves Bissouma.

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Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho.


Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Leicester City 2. Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross following a corner.

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Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Dan Burn.

87'Post update

VAR Decision: No Penalty Leicester City.

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Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

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Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

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Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pascal Groß.


Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Danny Welbeck replaces Neal Maupay.

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Foul by Wesley Fofana (Leicester City).

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Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Attempt missed. Joël Veltman (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross following a set piece situation.


Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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