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Shaw hand-ball gives Brighton all 3 points

Brighton's last-minute penalty winner has moved them 6th in the Premier League with 4 games remaining and left them with a chance of qualifying for the Europa League, whilst Manchester United's aspirations of cementing their Champions League qualification are slightly hindered.

In a crazy Premier League encounter at the Amex, Alexis Mac Allister's last-gasp penalty secured a Brighton a win over Manchester United in what appeared to be their redemption following their FA Cup run-in. Luke Shaw handled the ball in the box, and the penalty was awarded after VAR had a look, finding it was clear and obvious. Despite the defeat, United, who are currently fourth in the league and on track for UCL qualification, remain four points ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool, but have only one game in hand. Brighton, who have now moved swiftly up to 6th are only four points behind Liverpool, who have played two more games, leaving Albion well in their depth and ability for qualification, should results elsewhere, including their own, go their way - they next have relegation candidates Everton at home on Monday...

The match was evenly contested, both teams created several chances, to the point it went the distance up until injury time. United's Antony missed an early opportunity, while Rashford and Martial both forced Brighton goalkeeper Jason Steele into making important saves. Brighton played their trademark attacking flair and created several chances of their own, with Mitoma and Welbeck both missing opportunities to score, too. But, it was in stoppage time where Brighton increased the pressure, and Mac Allister and Estupinan both came close to scoring before the Argentine midfielder finally converted the crucial penalty decided by VAR.

Mathematically, everything is still possible for both clubs to qualify for European football next season, and the game tonight displayed why both respective teams would be great contestants in those competitions both defensively and going forward. However, other clubs around them, like Liverpool, can still continue their great form, but some might also lose it, allowing Red Devils and Brighton to capitalise - but with Brighton at home to Everton on Monday, and Man Utd away at struggling Hammers on Sunday, it seems both clubs who played tonight are ultimately in the driving seat for European football next season.

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