Brighton recovers in draw

Promoted Brighton’s promising Premier League campaign continued as they twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Stoke City yesterday.

Stoke’s Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri created the opener with a fine long pass to forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who showed skill and composure to finish in the 28th minute. The hosts were furious when their penalty appeal was turned down after Glenn Murray fell under a Ryan Shawcross challenge but they levelled in the 44th as Pascal Gross hooked the ball home after a powerful solo run from Davy Propper.

Moments later Stoke restored their advantage when Brighton defender Bruno turned his back on a corner and the ball bounced off him to on-loan Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma who headed home. However, Brighton deserved at least a point and got their just reward on the hour when Jose Izquierdo fired home at the second attempt after a clever Murray pass.

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