Joao Pedro scored Brighton’s first ever European goal, however AEK Athens are currently ruining their historic night on the south coast.
The Seagulls are playing their first continental clash in their 122-year history as they host AEK Athens on home soil, but despite Pedro’s landmark goal, it was an evening that hasn’t exactly gone to plan thus far.
AEK took the lead after winning a corner just ten minutes into the clash and scoring in sublime fashion.
Whipped in from the left flank, the ball found Djibril Sidibe on the edge of the penalty with the defender powering a bullet header past Jason Steele is sublime fashion.
Eagle-eyed Premier League fans may remember Sidibe from a loan spell that he enjoyed with Everton during the 2020/21 campaign.
Brighton pushed forward again and were awarded a penalty after a clear foul on Pedro.
After a needless VAR check, the Brazilian forward sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to make it 1-1 and bag the Seagulls’ first-ever European goal – one that supporters will be hoping to be the first of many under Roberto De Zerbi.
Unfortunately for the home side, AEK Athens had other plans as Mijat Gocinovic restored the visitors’ lead from another set piece, leaving Brighton scratching their heads as to how they were behind at half time.
More will follow. For the latest on this and other breaking news stories, listen to talkSPORT
Source From: Football News, Transfers, Opinion – talkSPORT