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Brighton’s manager, Roberto De Zerbi, masterminded a remarkable comeback against Bournemouth, offering a perfect rebound from their Europa League disappointment. Initially, the Seagulls seemed sluggish after a midweek defeat to AEK Athens, but they gradually regained their momentum as the game unfolded.
Bournemouth seized the advantage when an unfortunate mistake by Brighton’s goalkeeper, Bart Verbruggen, gifted Dominic Solanke an easy goal. Nevertheless, Brighton restored parity just before half-time when a routine cross from Billy Gilmour inadvertently found the back of Bournemouth’s net courtesy of Milos Kerkez.
The pivotal moment arrived in the second half when Roberto De Zerbi executed a double substitution, introducing Karou Mitoma and Ansu Fati. Their impact was immediate, with Mitoma finding the net just 15 seconds after the restart, thanks in part to Ansu Fati’s vital involvement in the goal.
Mitoma continued his impressive performance by notching his second goal of the match, securing Brighton’s lead. Although Bournemouth had late opportunities, including a goalmouth scramble cleared off the line by Lewis Dunk, Brighton successfully held on for the victory.
This triumph served as a heartening response for Brighton, who had undergone nine lineup changes following their European fixture. De Zerbi’s tactical adjustments and the noteworthy contributions of Mitoma and Fati played a pivotal role in this remarkable comeback, providing the manager and fans alike with ample reasons to rejoice.