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De Zerbi Hails “Best Moment” on Brighton & Hove Albion Beating Olympique de Marseille 1-0 and Winning Group B in Europa League

De Zerbi Hails “Best Moment” on Brighton & Hove Albion Beating Olympique de Marseille 1-0 and Winning Group B in Europa League

The English Premier League teams may have their ups and downs in the UEFA Champions League of late, with Manchester United and Newcastle United eliminated, but their counterparts of Brighton & Hove Albion, West Ham United and Liverpool certainly did not disappoint in the second-tiered UEFA Europa League. The Seagulls, Hammers and Reds finished their group as winners in last night’s final round of group games, and Brighton & Hove Albion’s result is certainly the most amazing of all, since they overcame Olympique de Marseille from the French Ligue 1 1-0 at home.

 

João Pedro the Hero for Brighton & Hove Albion

Coming into the game at Falmer Stadium, Olympique de Marseille were leading Group B with 11 points as compared to Brighton & Hove Albion‘s 10, and a draw would have been sufficient for the former to win the group and guarantee an automatic qualification to the Round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League. Nevertheless, the stubborn Seagulls did not let that scenario become a reality, as they scored a late winner two minutes the added time was given in the second half, thanks to João Pedro’s effort.

Brighton & Hove Albion patiently broke down Marseille’s defence before their roaring home fans, and the 22-year-old Pedro was the receiving of the ball off a few brilliant forward passes. He then steadied himself and beat Pau López by finding the top left corner for the only goal of the game. The all-important victory gave Brighton & Hove Albion 13 points in six matches in the European club football competition, thus leapfrogging their visitors yesterday as the winners of Group B as a result.

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De Zerbi and Pedro on Brighton & Hove Albion’s Famous Victory

44-year-old head coach of Brighton & Hove Albion had this to say during the post-match conference on their 1-0 win over Marseille: “I think this is the best moment in my time [At Brighton]. I’ve lost my voice, I’ve lost everything. It was an amazing game, we played amazing football and we deserved to reach the top of the table and we deserved to win. We could have scored more goals but we are very happy and we are very proud for the club, for Brighton, for our fans, for our club, for our players, for the people who work inside of the club.”

The manager’s feelings were supported by the only goal scorer of the game, who said: “It’s brilliant this moment for me. When I was young, I was dreaming of this moment to help the team, to play in one club like that. Because in all the games [The fans] they stay with us. It doesn’t matter if we lost or we draw, they always stay with us. And today, I give this win to them. I’m very happy. I’m living the best moment of my life now and I’m just going to say thank you to my team-mates because they always support me. They say: ‘Joao, believe! You’re going to score!’ and today I can score and we win.”

With the goal against Marseille, João Pedro also became the top scorer of the UEFA Europa League at six goals in six appearances, and the young forward has also netted five times in 16 games in the English Premier League, bringing his season tally to 11 goals as a result. “I’m very happy to be top scorer in the Europa League. I’ve been working for that, to be top of the table. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the league or top scorer, you need to keep going through hard work and you need to wait to see the next round,” said the 22-year-old striker for Brighton & Hove Albion.

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Steven Mosier

"Eat, breathe and sleep sports" is the life motto of mine. My professional athlete career ended way earlier than I thought, but the passion remains till the present, which is why I am here writing you all the sports news you crave! Also, I am a huge fan of the Premier League as well the NBA.

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