holder’s match report Brighton knocked holders Liverpool out of the FA Cup with a brilliant 92nd-minute winner from Kaoru Mitoma. The Seagulls ran out deserving 2-1 winners to advance to the fifth round of the competition. Mo Salah set up Harvey Elliott for Liverpool’s opening goal, which was his fifth of the season across all competitions. Brighton equalised through Lewis Dunk.
As was to be anticipated, the hosts were without their wanted man, midfielder Moises Caicedo, who made his intentions known on Friday when Arsenal’s £60 million approach was turned down. After the game, manager Roberto De Zerbi remarked, “We are prepared to go on without him.” He said, “If we don’t lose Caicedo, we are prepared to fight for Europe.
The Reds took the lead when Mo Salah broke through the heart of the Brighton defence, underlining Caicedo’s glaring absence, to find Harvey Elliott’s deft run, who dribbled the ball under an advancing Jason Steele (30).
Brighton bravely fought back and equalised nine minutes later when Tariq Lamptey’s long-range shot was fortunate enough to ricochet past an unprepared Allison with the help of Lewis Dunk’s boot (39).
Midway through the second half, Jurgen Klopp tried to drive the issue by inserting James Milner, Jordan Henderson, and Darwin Nunez, but tenacious Brighton held on until delivering the decisive blow in stoppage time.
In the last moments of the game, Mitoma, who had been excellent all day, was rewarded for his perseverance by slipping past a horde of defenders at the back post and firing the game-winning goal into the roof of the net (90+2).