After a couple of days of exchanging compliments and praising each other's football, Pep Guardiola and Roberto de Zerbi signed a draw (1-1) on Wednesday that satisfied both.
The 'Seagulls' already had virtually achieved sixth place, but with this point they finished sealing it. For the first time in their history they will go to the Europa League.
A great goal by Julio Enciso from 35 meters was the perfect link to a game without too much competitive tension, which allowed the creativity of both teams to emerge and which only made Erling Haaland canceled out somewhat in the last minutes due to a rather debatable grab.
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Being behind on the scoreboard, Brighton was able to take off and deploy a brilliant attacking arsenal that had its first bullet in a goal disallowed by Mitoma by handball when he swiped a corner at the far post.
A jug of cold water for the Japanese that did not last just seven minutes, because Enciso caught a ball 35 meters from the goal and nailed it into Stefan Ortega's squad, with a shot that was very reminiscent of the great goal he scored against Chelsea ago a few months.
The atmosphere was relaxed, but Haaland does not understand friendlies and ten minutes from the end he headed a cross from Palmer to make it 1-2. However, the VAR interpreted that there was a grab from the Norwegian to Colwill and annulled it.
Decision that angered Guardiola and ended the good atmosphere of the game, as well as a yellow card for the Sampedor coach.
Fortunately, there was hardly any time left. There were a couple of yellows and little else. The match, practically inconsequential, ended in a draw.