Southampton extended their unbeaten run to eight matches against Brighton and reached fifth place in the English Premier League with a 2–1 win on Monday.
2,000 Brighton fans were welcomed back to their home stadium for the first time after a nine-month absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic ban, after Southampton rallied after scoring a goal.
Brighton took the lead from the spot in the 25th minute when Pascal Gross misjudged goalkeeper Alex McCarthy as James Ward-Provsey handled the ball in the area.
Ral-Hassenhüttl’s lineup equalized after a pre-weathering by Ward-Prowse to take out Jan Vestergaard, which led to the corner of the house
With 10 minutes remaining, substitute Danny Ings fired from home on his return from injury after Southampton were given a disputed penalty, with Brighton players claiming that there was dishonesty outside the area.
Kyle Walker-Peters was brought in by Solly March and the referee initially awarded him a free kick until a lengthy VAR intervention changed the penalty decision.
“The longer it took (VAR review), the more I was sure it was inside the box because otherwise they would not have appeared for so long,” Hasenhutl said.
“But I think that was the right decision … and that’s what VAR is for us and I can understand perfectly and I’m very happy.”
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